Rare opportunity to visit Gaviotas village

The village of Gaviotas in the llanos of Colombia today announced a rare chance for outsiders to visit.

So far, few outsiders have managed to visit this special place. But public order has made a comeback in the region, and in 2010, two groups of 20 people each (including a 1-year old baby girl!) traveled . . . → Read More: Rare opportunity to visit Gaviotas village

Compost it?

Something silly (and serious) for y’all.

For more info, see compost toilets and The Humanure Handbook. Enjoy! . . . → Read More: Compost it?

A Different Kind of HVAC Contractor – And the Book He Wrote

Trish Holder of GreenspirationHome.com Interviews Joe Gorman, Contractor and Author of From Contractor to Consumer

The book you’ve got to read (or at least skim) before choosing an HVAC contractor!

Not long ago I ran across a book on the internet entitled, “From Contractor to Consumer: The Truth about Heating, Air Conditioning, and Home Comfort . . . → Read More: A Different Kind of HVAC Contractor – And the Book He Wrote

New Energy Star Standards for Dishwashers and Furnaces

From Environmental Building News: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced revisions to Energy Star requirements for residential dishwashers and furnaces. Effective January 20, 2012, Energy Star dishwashers will be 8% more efficient than previous Energy Star models and 10%–30% more efficient than conventional models. . . . → Read More: New Energy Star Standards for Dishwashers and Furnaces

Consider Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump

New research shows that installing a hybrid geothermal heat pump system can significantly reduce the cost of implementing geothermal heating and cooling. The hybrid system reduces the peak capacity of the ground loop, making a smaller, less expensive ground heat exchanger feasible.

The Energy Center of Wisconsin with assistance from the University of Wisconsin Solar . . . → Read More: Consider Hybrid Geothermal Heat Pump

Straw Social housing in UK

Recent articles in the Guardian and other publications tells of strawbale “Council housing” in the UK. Council houses are a form of social housing. The local council builds the houses which are then offered at a subsidised rent to people who are unable to afford full rental values.

Straw houses are baling out council building . . . → Read More: Straw Social housing in UK

Apply Now for a Greenbuild 2011 Scholarship

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

The Greenbuild Scholarship Program is now open and accepting applications. Designed for low-income individuals entering into the green building industry the Greenbuild Scholarship Program provides all-inclusive trips to the Greenbuild International Conference to those without the means to attend. Greenbuild is the ideal setting for those new to the green building . . . → Read More: Apply Now for a Greenbuild 2011 Scholarship

Site Selection and Analysis

Choosing a site on which to locate a new home is not a simple task. Countless factors – natural, man-made, social and economic – must be examined. Where we choose to build and how we build on a site have an impact on the local and global environments, ongoing costs (utility bills, maintenance) and our physical and psychological well-being. With today’s rapid growth, dwindling resources and increasing pollution threats, concern for human and environmental health are causing us to take a closer look at our building practices, starting with the building site. Whether selecting a site or working with an existing site, and whether the site is urban, suburban or rural, there are many aspects that can be examined with respect to how “green”, that is how healthy for people and the planet, the home on that site can potentially be. . . . → Read More: Site Selection and Analysis

Artificial Leaf

By Alyson Kenward A couple of weeks ago, the social media networks were buzzing over the announcement of new technology that uses sunlight to split water for energy purposes; the so-called “artificial leaf.” It’s a man-made form of photosynthesis, a water-splitting technology that could potentially overcome the big challenges facing solar energy, like its current costliness and inability to provide energy when the sun goes down. MIT chemist Daniel Nocera unveiled the new artificial leaf at a recent American Chemical Society annual meeting, but many of the people commenting on it in the press didn’t have the opportunity to see the technology in action. . . . → Read More: Artificial Leaf

Service Your Air Conditioner for Summer Comfort

By Doug Garrett (this article first appeared in the Austin American Statesman in 1996, but it is still relevant today)

We all know that we can pay our auto mechanics a little now for routine service, or pay them a lot later for a major repair. The same idea holds true for your air conditioner . . . → Read More: Service Your Air Conditioner for Summer Comfort

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