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Walking the Walk

Posted by Ron Jones

Jun 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM

AFTER ALMOST EIGHT and a half years and around a hundred columns, I am about to lower the tailgate at an entirely new location and with an equally new purpose.

When I originally explained my intent in offering my monthly musings to our readers in the inaugural issue of Green Builder back in January 2006, I said the goal was to stimulate a conversation about what it’s like to engage in this strange but wonderful profession of building.

I invited all of you to take a break and join the discussion, and many of you (over the years I’ve completely lost count of how many) have done just that, oftentimes voicing agreement, and sometimes taking strong exception to my admittedly opinionated assertions.
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Nail Down the Benefits of Green Building

Posted by Carrie Van Brunt-Wiley

Apr 9, 2014 3:58:00 PM

Green builders have more sales tools at hand than some might think. While eco-friendly homes tend to cost a bit more than comparable buildings using conventional construction, builders typically can market the long-term benefits: savings in utilities costs, durability, quality of life, and the effect on the environment.

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“I Love My Green Home!”

Posted by Christina B. Farnsworth

Feb 20, 2014 3:34:00 PM

Last week at IBS, GuildQuality released results from a a national survey of homeowners who purchased a National Green Building Standard (NGBS) certified green home built within the last three years.

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Loyola’s Cutting-Edge Green Gem

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 3, 2013 6:52:00 PM

Schoolhouse, greenhouse, aquaculture, geothermal HVAC, biodiesel factory, three-story tall hops trellis —this green demonstration project offers education aplenty. Loyola University built its $58 million Institute of Environmental Sustainability to show what it teaches.

Chicago architects Solomon Cordwell Buenz designed the sustainable building as an educational showcase. Crowned by a greenhouse dome, rainwater cascades into a 3,000-gallon cistern. The collected water irrigates greenhouse plants. Glass panels on the building’s main floor make visible its geothermal HVAC system. The institute recycles used cooking oil into biodiesel fuel, some of which will be used to power boilers as backup to the geothermal. The institute also sells a soap made from the biodiesel, and its restaurant features seriously local food: produced in the building to be consumed in the building.

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VIDEO: Tightest Residential Building

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 13, 2013 6:24:00 AM

THIS VIDEO WAS CREATED DURING THE WORLD RECORD SETTING BLOWER DOOR TEST of the Tightest Residential Building. The video documents the actual blower door test performed to verify the air tightness of this extremely energy efficient building (0.05 ACH @ 50 Pa).

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