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City Apples, Bike Highways, Greenest Homes: Top 5 Stories This Week

by LiveModern Webmaster last modified Sep 11, 2012 01:01 AM
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by Paula Melton last modified Sep 07, 2012

Author name:  Paula Melton Blog Category:  On Our Radar Droughts are cracking foundations and cars are blocking crosswalks. Meanwhile, Martin Holladay debunks “greenest home on earth” claims. Sam Martin's "SkyCycle" concept would elevate bike lanes to new heights in London. Photo Credit: SkyCycle screen capture Here it comes…the greenest home in America We all see “greenest building on earth!” headlines on a regular basis, but saying it doesn’t make it so. Martin Holladay does a righteous takedown of such ridiculous claims over at Green Building Advisor , pointing out that nine recent “greenest home in the world!” houses average 4,168 square feet and have amenities like heated electric toilets. Give the claims a rest, pleads Holladay: “The contest was won long ago by a poor family in Brazil, Tanzania, or Laos.” The drought next time Feeling lucky because your house wasn’t burned in a wildfire or flooded this year? Not so fast: the drought could destroy it too. Very dry soil—clay soil in particular—can cause huge cracks in foundations that may eventually damage the rest of the house, reports Jim Salter for the Associated Press . read more






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