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Ecomagination: Eating on a Green Roof

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Nov 21, 2014 12:00:00 AM

New York's green roofs do more than add a splash of green to the urban habitat. They also provide a crucial stopping ground and habitat for birds flying through. Researcher Dustin Partridge tracks the insect life on roofs throughout New York to see if the roofs are providing food sources for the birds.

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Spotted Owls and Pipelines: Our Obligation to the Natural Environment

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Nov 20, 2014 3:48:00 PM

Over the course of our nation’s history, there have been many issues that have sparked political and emotional division in the way that we see our relationship with nature.

Protection of the northern spotted owl is an example of one such issue. In the 1980’s, efforts to list the northern spotted owl as a threatened species fueled a heated conflict between conservationists and the timber industry over the logging of old-growth forests in the Pacific Northwest.

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How Do I Know If My Home Is a Good Fit in a Good Place for Solar?

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Nov 20, 2014 12:29:47 PM

While visiting family in the Midwest. I had lunch with a high school friend. She knows my Arizona home has solar panels and asked if it made sense in the Midwest. Solar makes sense in a lot of places and for a lot homes, so here is how to make sense of whether solar makes good cents for you. And, yes, solar does make sense in the Midwest, at least I think so.

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New Sliding Door System Makes Small House Design Easier

Posted by Matt Power

Nov 20, 2014 9:00:00 AM

I really like products like this new hardware package from Johnson Hardware. Putting in a sliding door, as opposed to a standard swinging door, saves about 14 square feet of space in a hallway or room. This product can hold a 400 lb. door and comes with all the hardware needed.

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Building Science: SIPs Go Up at Mariposa Meadows

Posted by Al Cobb, guest columnist

Nov 19, 2014 3:19:00 PM

Spending the last quarter-century in the SIP industry has given me the opportunity to meet a lot of individuals in the construction arena, and one of my most prized contacts is Mr. Green Builder himself, Ron Jones. When Ron presented his thoughts on the latest VISION House project at the SIPA Annual Meeting last April, my company PanelWrights was one of the first in line offering SIP design and installation services.

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