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Net Zero Home: An Affordable Green Option for Homeowners

Save money and resources with a net zero home

Net Zero certified homes are making a name for themselves in the Utah real estate market, primarily because of their energy efficient features.

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Conserve Energy and Reduce Your Power Bills

Save money by conserving energy

These quick and inexpensive projects will make your home more energy-efficient and save you money at the same time.

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Five Sports Stadiums That Champion the Environment

2012 Olympic Stadium

Stadiums around the world that are making a lot of noise not only during a sporting event, but around the green community as well.

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Green Building – What Everyone Should Know

Growing the sustainable built environment makes economic and environmental sense

  Green or “sustainable” building incorporates environmental principles alongside other building considerations. This ideal of environmental concern in building new structures and improving older ones continues to gain traction, and often guides companies and homeowners alike to make eco-friendly construction decisions. For new structures, the point of being sustainable is not to only use sustainable products, such as bamboo, and recycled and re-purposed building materials. From lights to flooring and from the bones of the new building down to the plumbing and electrical, the top construction leaders are embracing this sustainable movement. Isn’t green building expensive? This is one of the most widely held misperceptions in the construction industry. Building green isn’t expensive. Not only in the short-term financial output, say for …

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Flexible City Adjusts for the Seasons

This city design is just a concept, but took third place in a contest to redesign the master plan for Andalsnes in Sweden.  The architects behind the design, Jägnefält Milton say the design is the best response to the wildly different seasonal temperatures in the area.  So what is the design?  A moveable, grid and block based city of course! The city plan calls for railroad tracks and buildings composed of blocks that can be moved and reassembled as per the needs of the season.  The summers are full of tourists and warmth, while the winters are cold and dreary.  This design would allow the town to greatly expand during the summer to take advantage of the warmth and to …

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Green Schools of the Future

Designing a greener, more sustainable school

Educational institutions are often privileged to experience the latest in building technology.  Why? because they are charged by their communities to be the most forward-thinking, progressive-minded groups.  After all, they’re supposed to apply the latest technology because they develop it. In addition, institutions of higher learning often receive massive donations and grants to apply the latest technologies.  Even public schools are getting in on the green floor as they realize saving money on utility bills may be part of the solution to shrinking public budgets. Under ARRA (American Recovery and Reinvestment Act), over $48 billion was awarded to the Department of Education that can be used for construction and weatherization efforts by schools. We can expect schools with passive solar …

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Real Ewok Village

Treehouses were cool when I was growing up.  And they became even cooler when Star Wars came out.  This real treehouse was inspired by the Ewok village in the third (6th) Star Wars movie. Built in Costa Rica, the builders got the idea after touring the property and finding out it was being advertised for logging.  Remembering the split second scene of the Ewok Village, Erica and Matt Hogan decided to build their own.  The couple sold their property in the U.S. and started creating a tree-based community including about two dozen structures. You don’t have to trade amenities to stay in Finca Bellavista.  They include running water, solar electricity, refrigeration, toilets and showers.  The project plans to sell and …

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Olympic Skating Arena Cutting Edge Green-Wins “Gold” for Beauty and Sustainability

Vancouver, host to the ongoing winter Olympics, has long been considered one of the world’s most livable cities. And with the Olympics come the eyes of the entire world. Vancouver is now on display and one of the crown jewels of the Olympian host city is the Richmond Olympic Oval. Completed a little more than a year ago, the facility has won numerous architectural awards, including the Structural Engineers 2009 Award for Sports or Leisure Structure. Located just outside Vancouver along the Fraser River in Richmond, the $178 million complex features a distinctive wave-shaped roof that is the largest clear span wooden structure in the world. Inside the building 15 soaring wooden arches span the expansive roof, creating a rippling effect …

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