ALL THINGS ECOTHENTIC

Energy Performance to Soon Include Energy Ratings

Posted by Tom Denham on Mar 23, 2017 1:37:53 PM

The most comprehensive, nationally recognized system that measures the home energy is known as the Home Energy Rating System (HERS) index.  But this index score has never been part of the home appraisal process – that is about to change.

 A new partnership between the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET) and the Appraisal Institute will soon include these HERS scores in appraisals.  This score is the nationally recognized system for inspecting and calculating a home's energy performance.

 



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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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Miami Science Barg- Environmental Education for Children

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Dec 9, 2016 3:08:17 PM

The Miami Science Barge promotes ecological sensitivity throughout the city. One of the primary methods of completing this growth is through the education of ecological safety with the children in Miami schools. Upon hosting several field trips for Miami students there is a great amount to be learned in a short period there on the barge. The children learn a great deal about environmental research, plant and herb growth, along with a great deal about beneficial environmentally safe and protective lifestyles.

 



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Environmental Impact of Christmas Trees

Posted by Sara McIntosh on Dec 8, 2016 1:43:13 PM

Real Christmas trees provide a life cycle, both from growth on farms and then biodegradable for recycling after the season as compost, firewood or mulch in your yard. We all know that the myth of cutting down Christmas trees annually creates a strain upon the environment, however many studies have been completed that fresh trees are the most effective choice for a Christmas tree inside the home. There is much to appreciate about the history of the real Christmas tree here in America and its many facts and environmental impacts.

There is a long and supportive study provided by the North Carolina Christmas Tree Association proving that the natural Christmas tree is the most beneficial choice as they are grown regularly on American plantation farms and help to maintain the national green space.



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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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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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