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Christina B. Farnsworth

An award-winning journalist with more than 20 years experience covering the shelter industry, Christina resides in Tucson and is long-established active member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors.
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Agrihoods -- Homes with Locavore Eating

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 14, 2015 11:43:15 AM

At least once a generation, urbanites give living on or next to a farm—now dubbed an "Agrihood"—a shot. And then we forget.

In this generation and the last, Agrihood has primarily meant luxury living in a rural setting, but such neighborhoods can and should include affordable housing. Farms may also solve some problems faced by the 100+ golf course communities faced annually with course closures.

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Study: Most Toilets "Spray" Germs If Flushed with Open Lid

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Sep 22, 2015 7:37:23 AM

Prepare to be grossed out. A Discovery Channel episode tests the truth of the toilet "spray" rumor, and finds it to be mostly true.

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Millennials: An Emerging Housing Market

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 31, 2015 7:20:25 PM

There are now more Millennials than Boomers—83.1 million versus 75.4 million. Ignore their housing desires at your own risk.

Millennials are not only more numerous but also more diverse than previous generations. A U.S. Census Bureau report says, 44.2 percent are “part of a minority race or ethnic group (that is, a group other than non-Hispanic, single-race white).” Diversity may add challenges to figuring out what appeals to Millennials in housing, but Lloyd Jones Capital is wooing them into apartments Realtor magazine has just weighed in on working with this biggest generation. i'll highlight a few of their findings below:

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Keeping Glass Rooms Comfortable with Hydronic Heating and Cooling

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Aug 5, 2015 9:28:06 AM

More natural light in commercial buildings improves worker productivity and decreases absenteeism and turnover. However, all that glass can be a challenge when it comes to keeping building comfortable.

In Seattle at Chihuly Garden and Glass, a low-temperature hydronic system has been combined with radiant floor heating to maintain a comfortable environment.

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Why Old Places Matter

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

May 26, 2015 8:49:23 AM

Tuesday, June 9, 2015, Smart Growth Online is conducting a Webinar from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time (EDT).

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California Faucets Dance

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Feb 23, 2015 6:11:00 PM

It's an old cliche but true, a picture, or in this case a video, is worth a thousand words. You may laugh out loud as you watch California Faucets tub fillers dance.

 

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New Colors Add Appeal to Crossville's Empire Tile

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jan 30, 2015 10:41:00 AM

Crossville’s Empire porcelain tile still features recycled content and still looks like marbleized stone, but now there are new sizes and colors.

According to Lindsey Waldrep, Crossville marketing VP, “The range of colors invites designers to create ombre effects on floors or walls—going from light to dark in gradient shades within an installation.”

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FLIR Thermal Imaging Camera Is Pocket Energy Monitor

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Jan 8, 2015 10:04:00 AM

It used to be that it required expensive special cameras to monitor wasted home energy. No more.

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Solar Sunflower Concentrates Power and Desalinates Water

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 26, 2014 1:53:00 PM

Swiss company, Airlight Energy is producing a solar sunflower that tracks the sun like a sunflower does and concentrates the sun’s radiation by 2,000 times (and converts 80 percent of that power to useful energy) in a unit that produces 12kW of solar electric power and 20kW of thermal power from 10 hours of sunlight.
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Can Black Friday Be Green?

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 16, 2014 3:26:08 PM

We are done with Black Friday and Cyber Monday but not the most consuming season of the year. It may be a little late for Black Friday, but are there ways to make this consumer season green? I say yes. And so does Green America.

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Create Economical, Bright, Safe Holiday Displays with LEDs

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Dec 9, 2014 10:49:00 AM

Take a bright idea from municipalities when you decorate for Christmas.

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How Do You Preserve Yet Green an Historic Place?

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Nov 25, 2014 11:22:00 AM

How do you preserve yet green up an historic place? The Robert H. Smith Visitor Education Center for Lincoln’s Cottage in Washington, D.C., offers visitors a “Self-Guided Eco-Tour” to show how the National Trust for Historic Preservation spearheaded efforts to bring an early nineteenth-century building into the 21st century.

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If Care About Climate Change Rivaled Sports...

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Nov 21, 2014 3:42:00 PM

What if we did care about the environment and climate change as much as most people do about sports?

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