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Laurie Schroeder

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Dematerialization and Technology:  Not always instep.

Posted by Laurie Schroeder on Mar 8, 2017 2:58:30 PM

We have become such a consumable culture- it doesn't matter if what we have is still usable, society encourages us to buy the newest and latest models of everything from cars to phones and everything in between.  

In our efforts to become more technologically advanced, we haven’t totally figured out how to be better stewards of our available environmental resources.  Attempts to ‘dematerialize’ or reduce use of natural resources through technology have not kept up with developments and improvements to many products currently being used today.



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Topics: going green

What is Sustainable Construction?

Posted by Laurie Schroeder on Dec 7, 2016 2:11:26 PM

Drive by any construction site and besides the piles of timber, drywall, bricks or other materials destined to become walls- one sees dumpsters overflowing with scraps and damaged pieces of building material.  Once a building is finished, it can boast to no end that it is energy efficient and eco-friendly, claiming that it will leave a significantly lower carbon footprint.  In reality, staggering amounts of waste and CO2 emissions from the construction process itself have already done the environment damage.

For a project to be considered Sustainable during construction, several things need to take place. The entire life cycle of the building: from siting to design on through demolition- must use processes that are environmentally responsible and resource-efficient.  In order to motivate builders to be more environmentally conscious, the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) rating system was developed by the U.S. Green Building Council.  Tax credits and Incentives are available to companies that achieve a LEED rating for a building or project.



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Topics: going green

Eco friendly Driveways

Posted by Laurie Schroeder on Dec 1, 2016 12:09:09 PM

You look around your house and neighborhood at all the driveways and sidewalks and concrete patios…thinking to yourself that you are now living in a Concrete Jungle.  You realize that in relation to the urbanization of our cities, the decline of our health of our environment in increasing.  It seems hotter than before and precious water runs off the concrete and into the storm drains carrying pesticides and pollution along with it, poisoning our water supply.

Guess what?  You’re not crazy…all those neat driveways, streets and sidewalks trap heat and make the area an oven.  It also keeps rain water from being absorbed by the grass and landscaping and washes chemicals right into the sewer system.



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Topics: Driveways

Transforming your home.

Posted by Laurie Schroeder on Nov 11, 2016 2:38:32 PM

So- you love your house, it’s location, it’s design…but it’s not ‘green’.   Don’t dismay…there are steps you can take to bring your existing home in to the Green World!  There’s a reason someone tells you to take ‘baby steps’ when taking on huge projects…and going green is no exception.

Eco-friendly homes share several elements.  The produce as much energy as the use.  They maintain indoor air quality which enhanced the health and well-being if it’s inhabitants.  They minimize waste and utilize sustainable materials.  Finally, they can conserve and can even recycle precious water.



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Topics: going green

Get your ducts in a row!

Posted by Laurie Schroeder on Oct 28, 2016 12:55:22 PM

Raise your hand if you’ve ever had to climb into your attic crawlspace in mid-summer?  Best bet is you’d never do it again if you had the choice.  It’s hot as Hades in there.  So why, may I ask, do contractors put your cooling/heating ducts in that space???  Well, because that’s always how it’s been done.



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Topics: Ducting