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Invest In Sustainable Furniture for Your Energy Efficient Home

Posted by RESNET

Nov 17, 2015 9:53:25 AM

As you go about making your home more energy efficient by air sealing it, improving the insulation and replacing old appliances with new energy-saving ENERGY STAR qualified ones, the question begs to be asked: have you also invested in sustainable furniture?

What is sustainable furniture, you ask? Well, as Americans become increasingly knowledgeable about the value of home energy efficiency, they are now also thinking about the quality of their home environment. And that includes furniture too, because depending on what it’s made out of your furniture can affect your home’s indoor air quality.

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Interested in a Greener Holiday? Stay Home and Eat Local.

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 15, 2015 2:16:17 PM

It's not the presents, the eggnogg, or even the roast beast that's the biggest CO2 downside from the holiday season. It's the travel.

I was doing some research for a story I'm writing about holiday upcycling, and it occurred to me that there's probably too much focus on the CO2 impacts of the orgy of holiday STUFF we buy and consume—and not enough on the much larger impacts of travel. No matter how you look at it, we're not taking Climate Change very seriously.
The Real Meaning of Christmas?
It's interesting to follow the American consumer during the holiday season. Outbrain tracks "clicks" to see what people are interested in during this period—a boon to marketers. Am I the only one who gives out a heavy sigh as I read this list?
Outbrain 2013 Report: "Throughout the month of November, consumers showed the most interest in beauty content (65% higher CTR than holiday content average), content that emphasized convenience (+22%) and content about holiday parties (12%). In late November –not surprisingly–consumers began to also show a strong interest in Christmas content (+21%), as well as content offering inspiration and tips for the holidays (+13%),specifically, “tricks” (+83%) and “ideas” (+20%), and content on home decor and crafts (+11%), specifically “decorating” (+23%)."
Let's leave aside the content of what we're spending our wealth on (the phrase, fiddling while Rome burns comes to mind). If we can't hope to change the public psyche overnight, we can at least look at the bigger picture of holiday impacts. And that picture shows that lipstick, plastic toys and martinis are not the biggest environmental "sins" of our commercialized celebrations. Its how we physically get there and back.
The DOE has this to say:
"The Thanksgiving and Christmas/New Year’s holiday periods are among the busiest long-distance travel periods of the year. During the 6-day Thanksgiving travel period, the number of long-distance trips (to and from a ­destination 50 miles or more away) increases by 54 percent, and during the Christmas/New Year’s Holiday period the number rises by 23 percent, compared to the average number for the remainder of the year. And although heavy media attention focuses on crowded airports and bus and train stations on the Wednesday before and Sunday after Thanksgiving, when personal vehicle trips are added to the mix the National Household Travel Survey (NHTS) reveals that Thanksgiving Day is actually a heavier long-distance travel day than Wednesday."
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2015 GBCI LEED Fellows Announced

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 12, 2015 3:05:47 PM

Green Business Certification Inc. (GBCI) announced the 35 2015 LEED Fellows who will be recognized at the 2015 Geenbuild Conference. These individuals are chosen for their extensive experience, LED credentials, technical proficiency, education and leadership skills and their advocacy of green building and sustainability. LEED Fellows are considered the most exceptional professionals in the industry. GBCI is the only certification and credentialing body in the green building industry.

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Crumbling Empire: The Messy Demise of the Fossil Fuel Industry

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 12, 2015 10:21:05 AM

Between increasing regulations, snowballing international climate action, expanding divestments, and growing distrust, the writing is on the wall for the fossil fuel industry, even though special interests are making a nasty—but ultimately futile—last stand.

Fossil fuel companies might just look back at 4Q15 as the moment in time when they were dealt the fatal blow that finally forced them to release their stranglehold on our economy. With plunging oil prices, increasing carbon emissions regulations, and rapidly growing pressure from competitive clean energy solutions like solar, the economics of big oil are undeniably and irreparably changing.

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New Study: Working in a Typical Office 9 to 5 Literally Makes You Stupid

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 5, 2015 12:19:27 AM

The report found a huge difference between the cognitive performance of workers in a "green" Low-VOC office versus a typical office setting.

Want your employees to come up with creative ideas, get more work done, and feel happier? Make sure they work in a the modern, well ventilated office, built with low-emission materials and finished with low- or no-VOC coatings. Working remotely from a healthy home has the same advantages.

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