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January 2015

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend: Solar Power Edition

    Growth of the solar power industry is quickly increasing.  In fact, last year in America, every 2.5 minutes on average, a new solar system was installed!  Read more about the rapid growth of the industry here.
    Using solar and wind power, the first autonomous, industrialized lighting system has been created.  Check it out here.
    The solar power industry is predicted to reach $1B by 2018.  But how•••

  • Modular v. Traditional Homes

    Modular homes, prefabricated houses that are built indoors then delivered to building site, are a fast-growing segment of the home-building industry. Typically, parts are constructed in assembly lines and transferred via flat-bed truck. Once at the site, the parts are put together in a process similar to putting Lego blocks together, according to Fresh Home: Design and Architecture Magazine.  After being moved and set on their foundations, modular homes cannot be moved.

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  • 5 Green Links To Read This Weekend: Biomimicry Edition

     

    Biomimicry (also referred to as biomimetics) refers to the use of natural elements as solutions to human problems.  There are many examples of how humans imitate nature to further our design, technology, and generally model our life.  For example, the wings of aircrafts mimic the flight mechanism of birds and bats.  The simple adhesive mechanism of velcro is inspired by the burrs of plants.  And swimmers don suits with design based on the texture and shape•••

  • The Truth About R-Value

     

    On a purely technical level, R-value measures the amount of resistance to heat flow through the thickness of a material.  In fact, the measure is stamped right onto a product.  In a customer’s mind, the greater the R-value, the greater the insulation.  Right?

    Maybe.

    As it turns out, the R-value of wall can change.  R-value is measured in a lab by way of conduction.  But your building or home is not a lab!  A home or•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out This Weekend

     

    Korean scientists have developed solar cells with 17.9% solar efficiency, the highest level yet!  Read more about the high performance solar cell here.

    Research shows that investment in clean energy jumped by 16% in 2014 globally.  Click here for more specific details.

    10 cities are aiming for 100% clean energy.  To find out which ones they are, read more here.

    The potential for offshore wind energy in the US is off the charts.  Learn•••

  • Easy Solutions to Help Reduce VOCs

    Two weeks ago, we touched on this topic and introduced one product to help clean your air of VOCs.  In this article, we’ll go into a more in-depth exploration of several building materials to look out for when considering the reduction of VOC emissions.

    Volatile organic compounds, (VOCs), are organic chemicals that easily evaporate into the air from certain solid or liquid materials and are emitted as gases.  Though they are not toxic, VOCs include•••

  • 5 Green Links To Check Out

     

    • Our very own project is featured on the GAB Report this week!  Rutgers University’s Collage Avenue campus is getting an upgrade.  Check out the article here.
    • Inspired by nature, a building in Zimbabwe is modeled after termite mounds!  Read about how biomimicry lends itself to efficient design here.
    • The green building market is expected to reach a spectacular $234.7 billion by 2019 according to market research.  Read an abbreviated report here.
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