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Eco-Friendly Landscaping: Replace Your Lawn

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 7, 2015 3:55:00 PM

Lawns are water-wasting, time-consuming and expensive to maintain. In some areas, lawn-mowers are being banned because of noise an air pollution. Many would-be lawn revolutionaries are brought up short by the cost and difficulty of digging up turf and hauling it away. But thanks in part to a lot of hands-on experimentation by permaculturists, the process has been streamlined and simplified.

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ICC and ASABE Announce New Landscape Irrigation Sprinkler Standard

Posted by ICC

Nov 4, 2014 11:42:47 AM

The International Code Council (ICC) and the American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) announce the release of a new ANSI consensus standard to classify sprinkler and drip irrigation systems, set uniform testing procedures, and establish minimum design and performance requirements for commercial and residential landscape irrigation components.

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Green Building Code Basics: Preservation of Natural Resources

Posted by ICC

Oct 28, 2014 3:15:26 PM

An excerpt from ICC's Green Building Code Basics: Green, Based on on the 2012 International Green Construction Code®

Prior to any construction activity on site, an assessment should be completed that evaluates the natural resources on the site, and any measures taken to protect those resources, such as trees, natural vegetation, waterways, and species habitat. It is important to establish designated access roads from the public way to the building site, along with an area for storing building materials on site during the construction process, and to mark locations of future underground utility locations. These limitations should be noted on the building site plan and posted on the construction site so  personnel are aware of the limitations.

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Frontlines of Climate Change: Mass Extinction

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Oct 22, 2014 3:50:10 PM

To quote American nature writer Kenneth Brower, “A living planet is a rare thing, perhaps the rarest thing in the universe, and a very tenuous experiment at best.” A living planet is comprised of complex ecosystems that nourish myriad species, each one interdependent, relying on the others to play their role to such perfection that only exists in nature.

When ecosystems fall out of balance, chaos ensues. The cycle of life is interrupted, and species perish. Without sustainable natural systems, there is no provision for communities, no sustenance for societies, no nourishment for economies.

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Horton Hears a Gurgling Sound

Posted by Matt Power

Oct 8, 2014 3:37:00 PM

AS I BEGAN WRITING this month’s chapter on water conservation, I wondered if I’d have much to say. In the world of green building, things seem to be moving in the right direction. Toilets, faucets, dishwashers, clothes washers—virtually every point-of-use gadget now uses a fraction of the water it did in years past. Even irrigation, the elephant in the front yard (and the farmer’s field) is finally getting the attention it deserves. Drip systems, rain sensors and other technologies have begun to whittle away at that oft-ignored source of water waste.
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