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Providing HVAC--And Ventilation of HVAC

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 8, 2019 1:32:04 PM

An important thing in building any home is to not just consider heating or cooling but also the ventilation of HVAC.

Here's how you ensure homogeneous temperature, comfort, and get fresh clean air in so that whole home enhances the life of the people who live in it.

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Engineering With Heart

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Mar 1, 2019 12:31:42 PM

Bringing building science and beauty together doesn’t happen accidentally.

It’s very easy to go wrong. I think of my poor neighbor, who remuddled together some cliché ideas about luxury with efficiency upgrades, festooning his bright and airy apartment building with dark wood floors, crypt-like basement bedrooms, and over-the-top moldings and cabinetry, to end up with a colorless, gloomy space with the feng shui of a hotel lobby.

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General Wesley Clark: Climate Action is Imperative for Global Security and Economic Stability

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 28, 2019 10:58:09 AM

At Green Builder Media’s recent Sustainability Symposium 2019, General Wesley Clark outlined, in no uncertain terms, the urgent need for climate action to protect our economy, our society, and the very future of our planet.

Last week, Green Builder Media held our third annual Sustainability Symposium.  The agenda was jam-packed with luminary presenters who shared extraordinary ideas and remarkable insights related to the transition to a sustainable future. 

General Wesley Clark, retired Four-Star General, Army Chief of Staff, and NATO Supreme Allied Commander, presented the opening keynote, kicking off the day with an informed and eloquent overview of the imperative of climate action. 

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The Align Project: Align Your Mobility

Posted by Juliet Grable

Feb 26, 2019 4:22:25 PM

When we consider daily travel, most of us keep our sights on the destination. What if we instead focused on the journey?

A millennial with a downtown job zips by on a rented electric scooter to the nearest light rail station. A single woman with a flex schedule walks down to the co-working space a few blocks away. An older person with mobility issues consults with his doctor using FaceTime.
One of the questions we’re exploring with The Align Project is how to thoughtfully overhaul our transit habits: Can we reduce the negative impacts of transportation, energy use and traffic among them, and improve our quality of life at the same time?

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Dementia Villages Evoke Nostalgia, for Better and Worse

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Feb 25, 2019 2:29:02 PM


Manifesting an alternate reality that fuses Pleasantville with One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, daycares for the forgetful require some soul searching.

Photo: KPBS.org

IF A FRIEND HADN'T SENT ME A LINK TO THIS STORY, I would have thought it was “fake news.” But this is no hoax. A place called Glenner Town Square really exists. It’s a faux community, if you will, a partial replica of long-vanished, airbrushed San Diego. The 9,000-sq. ft.  "town" has been carefully constructed to resemble mid- to late 1950s San Diego, built inside a 20,000-sq. ft. industrial building.

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2019 Sustainability Awards: Urban Sustainability Programs

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 25, 2019 1:47:07 PM

Builders aren’t the only ones working sustainable policies into their everyday activities. Cities are also taking part, with creative approaches to eco-challenges ranging from greenhouse gas reduction to building code enforcement. Here are three cities—one small, one mid-sized, one large—that have taken steps to promote sustainability with exceptional organization and passion.

Small Municipality Winner: Wellington, Fla., Wellington Environmental Preserve

The Village of Wellington is deeply committed to improving sustainability and quality of life for its residents. In 2012 and 2017, Wellington obtained a Gold Standard certification from the Florida Green Building Coalition for its sustainability practices. Since then, sustainability efforts have only increased.

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TNAH, The Never Affordable Hoax

Posted by Ron Jones

Feb 21, 2019 4:16:49 PM

Hypocritical (adjective):  the contrivance of a false appearance of virtue or goodness, while concealing real character or inclinations…

Hardly a week goes by when I don’t receive multiple communications from the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) beating the drum for housing affordability and blaming any lack of same on a revolving list of outside forces, namely; regulations, safety and performance requirements, the scarcity of buildable lots, escalating costs of materials and labor, tightened lending rules, unfavorable interest rates, and housing policy in general.

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The Align Project Finishes Run at IBS/KBIS

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Feb 21, 2019 4:11:14 PM

The Align Project was open for tours at Design and Construction Week and received hundreds of visitors and local news coverage.

Despite the unfavorable weather conditions in Las Vegas for Design and Construction Week, The Align Project received a steady stream of visitors eager to see what it has to offer.  The video below is from an intereview Las Vegas Now conducted with Sara Gutterman.

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Remodel the Green Way with Window Film

Posted by Darrell Smith

Feb 18, 2019 10:52:00 AM

The energy cost savings from professionally installed window film make it easy to go green.

In today’s world, being environmentally consciousness and incorporating green initiatives when remodeling is a high priority for many building owners. It not only benefits commercial building operators and their tenants but also the planet. Knowing this, builders can incorporate professionally installed window film as an economical means to advance their green initiatives.

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2019 Sustainability Awards: Green Innovations of the Year

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 14, 2019 4:22:01 PM

They say that necessity is the mother of invention. That’s held true in the green building industry, as contractors, manufacturers and retailers consistently innovate products designed to solve issues such as energy waste, regulatory compliance and indoor air quality. Here are 12 products chosen by Green Builder for outstanding and innovative design and performance.

Grand Winner: EcoSmart Solution Geothermal Energy System

EcoSmart Solution offers an answer to a longstanding question: “How do you build affordable, sustainable homes and communities?” The answer is found in Whisper Valley in Austin, Texas. Although geothermal energy is considered a very practical and effective way to naturally heat and cool a home, upfront infrastructure costs make the system cost prohibitive. Many homebuyers are priced out of their ability to participate in sustainable living.

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Green Builder Media Celebrates our 11th annual Home of the Year Winners!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 14, 2019 11:56:41 AM

Green Builder Media recently announced the winners of our 11th annual Green Home of the Year Awards.  This year’s winning selections delight and inspire, offering a glimpse into what a sustainable future with a truly high performance built environment will look like.

The winners of Green Builder Media’s 11th annual Green Home of the Year Awards include a spectrum of beautiful residential projects that showcase pioneering green products, advanced technologies, renewable energy, building science best practices, and forward-thinking design strategies. 

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2019 Sustainability Awards: Sustainability Superhero

Posted by Alan Naditz

Feb 12, 2019 6:05:49 PM

Green Guru

For Green Builder’s inaugural champion of enviro-friendliness, education is the key to great green building.

In the past decade, Nathan Good has overseen planning of eight LEED, two Passive House and more than 14 Earth Advantage-certified homes. His goal—and that of his company, Nathan Good Architects in Salem, Ore.—is to provide homeowners with a sustainably equipped dwelling that that minimizes resource use.

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Join Green Builder Media at IBS/KBIS: free coffee and beer!

Posted by Sara Gutterman

Feb 12, 2019 4:35:27 PM

On Tuesday, February 19 through Thursday, February 21 at Design & Construction Week, Green Builder Media will showcase The Align Project—a stunning example of net-zero, small footprint, intelligent living, with the smartest home and mobility technologies all under one roof.  And did we mention free coffee and beer (see below for details)?!?!

While with us at The Align Project, you can talk with the Green Builder Media team and our partners—including innovative companies like Rheem, Jinko Solar, Toyota, DuPont, Tabuchi Electric, Andersen, Viega, Rockwool, Loxone, Delta Electronics, FLO by Moen, Corian Design, Trex, and Voltea—about the convergence of sustainability and technology in a right-sized-home that challenges entrenched ideas about how we live.

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