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Renovation and Repair Creates Way More Jobs, Uses Far Less Material Than New Construction

by Lloyd Alter from Lloyd Alter's feed  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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In a terrific article in the Atlantic, Emily Badger writes about the environmental and job benefits of renovation and [...]

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Department of Energy Makes Buying Insulated Windows a Breeze

by Matt Smith from Green Building Elements  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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Highly insulating windows, like this triple pane window, can help reduce heat loss in residential and commercial buildings by as much as 30 percent in heating-dominated climate zones. Photo courtesy of PNNL. One of the easiest ways to conserve energy is [...]

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The Home Offices of Lloyd Alter of Treehugger

by Cambria Bold (editorial@apartmenttherapy.com) from Re-Nest  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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Lloyd Alter has taken a rather circutious route to his current job as design editor of Treehugger (which has just undergone a wonderful redesign). He is trained as an architect, worked as a real estate developer, became disillusioned with that process and [...]

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Novacem Carbon-Eating Cement Is Material Connexion's Material Of The Year

by from Recent Posts by TreeHugger's Lloyd Alter, Toronto  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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Cement production is responsible for as much as 5% the world's annual production of CO2 and the world can't get enough of the stuff. So when Sami first wrote about Novacem , a cement substitute made from magnesium silicate, it was exciting stuff. [...]

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Portland Green Homes Outperform Non-Certified Homes For Fourth Straight Year

by Matt Smith from Green Building Elements  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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The desire for homes that conform to the green building standards of organizations such as Earth Advantage, ENERGY STAR, or LEEDS is growing throughout the world, and nowhere is that more evident than Portland, Oregon. For the fourth straight year in a [...]

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Green Building Material: Sheep Wool Insulation

by Emily Smith (editorial@apartmenttherapy.com) from Re-Nest  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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Sheep's wool insulation, now available in the US, is an alternative to fibreglass. Commonly used in the Europe, Australia and and New Zealand, sheep's wool is recyclable, safe to install, and makes sense— after all, sheep are built to withstand [...]

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A Beautifully Reimagined Boathouse designboom

by Rachel Wray Thompson (editorial@apartmenttherapy.com) from Re-Nest  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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This rustic boathouse is breathtaking. Featuring amazing translucent operable panels, this boathouse was rebuilt from a rundown 1800s structure into a modernized and beautified space.Read Full [...]

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Brantford, Ontario Becomes First City In Canada To Ban Shark Fin Products

by from Recent Posts by TreeHugger's Lloyd Alter, Toronto  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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I have not had much good to say about what comes out of Brantford City Hall. (In fact, there I am on the left, protesting in front of it last year ) but for once they have set a good example, by being the first municipality in Canada to ban the sale [...]

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This is What Your House Will Look Like In 2020 NOT

by from Recent Posts by TreeHugger's Lloyd Alter, Toronto  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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Infographic at Unplggd Apartment Therapy's Unplggd shows an interesting infographic of their vision of a new high-tech home in 2020. It is full of energy saving features and technological wonders, and is, I believe, profoundly wrong. Where do we [...]

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Great Designs For Storing Your Bike In Small Apartments

by Lloyd Alter from Lloyd Alter's feed  (green blog) — Jan 04, 2012 02:06 AM
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British designers "looking to bridge the divide between furniture and interior design and the reality of everyday life on two [...]

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