Jun 10, 2014 11:30:00 AM
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.
Feb 20, 2014 3:34:00 PM
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.
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).