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Proposed Emergency Funding Increase in Preparation for Fire Season

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Jun 9, 2016 11:36:42 AM

As the American West braces for another extreme fire season, Senate attempts to clear the way for recovery funding.

Proliferating drought and climate change have parched large portions of the continent, dramatically increasing the risk of wildfire.  The 2016 fire season is expected to be even worse than 2015, during which nearly 7 million acres burned in Alaska, Washington, Oregon, and Idaho.  

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Cooperation is Necessary to Hasten Adoption of Electric Vehicles

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 8, 2016 2:04:33 PM

Here’s how states, utilities and the auto industry can accelerate electric vehicle adoption.

By The Sierra Club, Acadia Center and Conservation Law Foundation

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Hempcrete Ingredients: Keeping it Local

Posted by Chris Magwood, Guest Columnist

Jun 2, 2016 11:16:34 AM

Creating locally sourced lime and clay binders for use in hempcrete

Hempcrete (a mix of chopped hemp hurd and a lime-based binder) is a relative newcomer to the North American insulation market, and most of the R&D and testing work to date has been done in Europe using proprietary formulations from the companies that pioneered the material for commercial use. This has been great for the development of hempcrete use on an ever-growing array of European projects, but the dependency on imported materials has made the use of hempcrete in North America prohibitively expensive for most.

At the Endeavour Centre, we have developed the use of locally-sourced binders for hempcrete, and paired that with hemp hurd sourced in Canada. At this point, our homemade hydraulic lime binder is well-tested and we feel it works as well as the imported binders, at a fraction of the cost.

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No More Excuses

Posted by Ron Jones

Jun 2, 2016 10:21:35 AM

Builders need to take responsibility for their own standards of quality and performance.

These days, the bulk of communication and commentary emanating from the predictable homebuilding industry sources, as well as the trade media that pander to those same organizations, appears reflective of a well-choreographed, strategic campaign to rally anyone who will listen to take up arms against the evils of regulation.

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Painting, Sculpting and Green Certification

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 31, 2016 12:43:52 PM

In thinking about how to replace the jury-rigged LEED system with new approaches that would have broader appeal, Jerry Yudelson looks for analogies far afield, including in the world of fine art.

Reprinted from Reinventing Green Building:

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