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Salient Features of Steel Buildings

steel buildingsSteel buildings have become a popular trend among companies and residents that are in need of some additional space. Steel is a type of material that is used for a number of different purposes, from heavy industry to the household, and many other applications. Steel buildings have a lot of significant benefits over other types of structures such as the ones made of concrete and wood. Furthermore, structures containing steel as their major constituent are easier to build and offer a number of environmental benefits as well as being durable and sustainable.

The main advantages of a steel building include durability, reliability, and flexibility, which make steel an attractive option for many different types of structures and buildings. Previously, these types of buildings were linked with objective storage structures such as aircraft hangers, silos, or warehouses. Nowadays, it does not come as a surprise when you witness buildings constructed out of steel such as churches, sports arenas or even houses. With the introduction of many new options and features, the steel structures can no longer be considered as uncommon. Moreover, steel is still considered to be a great option for roofs that are supported by bordering walls.... read more

Everything You Need to Know about the UK’s Code for Sustainable Homes

Launched way back in 2006, the UK’s Code for Sustainable Homes (CSH) is a huge step in the right direction for the construction industry. Similar to LEED in the US, it is an environmental protocol that aims to change the way houses and other properties are built. It was introduced with the view that making ‘environmentally friendly’, sustainable buildings now, will help tackle the issues with the environment that we are currently experiencing.

In the official CSH documentation the following benefits are highlighted:

1.  Less Greenhouse Gas Emissions- Cutting greenhouse gasses is now the cornerstone of almost every ‘green’ project, so it’s not surprise to see this at the top of the list.... read more

A New Green Home in Newton, Massachusetts

I recently had the opportunity to view the construction of a sustainable house being built in my neighborhood in Newton, Massachusetts.  The home was designed by LDa Architecture and Interiors, based out of Cambridge, MA.  

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The Green Empire State Building

Growing up outside of New York City, my sister and I used to always talk about things being "as tall as the Empire State Building."  Nowadays, we can also ask:  "Is this as green as the Empire State Building?"  The Empire State Building recently got a green makeover, and you may be surprised and impressed by how green it has become.  While things were seldom as tall as the Empire State Building, we can strive to be as green.  

empire state building gone green

Here are 10 quick facts about the eco-friendly upgrades --... read more

Solar Panel Installation: REC Solar, Inc. Company Profile

When considering installing solar panels on your home, choosing an installer can be a daunting task. There can be hundreds of local and larger installers in your area. One of the growing companies you may want to check out is REC Solar, Inc. REC started out in 1997 in San Luis Obispo, California and has since become one of the largest installers in the nation, serving California, Hawaii, Oregon, New Jersey and Arizona.

While REC is a big company, they have a local feel. There are locations in each of their areas served so that you have a direct relationship with the company instead of just being a number on a page. They work on projects ranging from large scale commercial projects to residential projects and hold your hands a long the way to help you with financing options to make solar a reality for many who thought it was out of reach.... read more

Earth Day 2011: Habitat for Humanity Earth Day Build-a-Thon

Volunteers in East Oakland, California celebrated Earth Day this year by pulling out their hammers and doing some green building. Once a year, Habitat for Humanity of the East Bay holds their “Earth Day Build-a-Thon.” Habitat for Humanity is a non-profit organization which links low-income families with affordable homeownserhip opportunities. 

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The 5-day Build-a-Thon is a fundraiser where hundreds of volunteers (about 75-110 people per day!) dust off their hammers and hard hats to build homes for low and very low income individuals in the San Francisco Bay Area. Volunteers are sponsored (much in the way walk-a-thon or bike-a-thon participants are) in order to raise money for Habitat for Humanity of the East Bay.... read more

The Vertical Farm

I caught an interesting interview on The Diane Rehm Show on Boston's WGBH Radio yesterday.  The interview was with Dr. Dickson Despommier, author of The Vertical Farm: Feeding Ourselves and The World in the 21st Century and Bob Young, chief economist at the American Farm Bureau Federation.  

Dr. Despommier's book is coming out next week, and I can't wait to read it.  Last month I wrote about urban farming, and the concept of "vertical farming" takes urban farming to a much bigger and exciting level.  

Despommier's website says that by the year 2050, nearly 80% of the earth's population will reside in urban centers.  Meanwhile, much urban space is being underutilized and urban centers often don't have access to fresh, local food.  The solution?  Farm vertically.  Farm "up."  Build indoor farms on this land, such as tall greenhouses or using hydroponics.  Think of how green this is.  No shipping produce long distances, no tractors, and less water usage.  ... read more

That Building Is Made of WHAT?

Earth911 gives us this astonishing fact: Americans buy 29.8 billion water bottles each year, and 80% of these end up in a landfill. Even more astonishingly, 80% of Americans have easy access to recycling programs, either through curbside pick up or community drop off bins, but choose to toss plastic bottles into the trash anyway.... read more

Universal Studios - Green Seal Award

Universal Studios, HollywoodUniversal Studios, Hollywood

Universal Studios in Hollywood was recently honored with the EMA Environmental Media Association (EMA) Green Seal Award. The award is the first-ever given to a theme park for its commitment and effort in working towards a more environmentally conscious workplace and community.

I recently toured the theme park to witness their ‘greening’ efforts as a casual visitor.... read more

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