The Passive House Standard for low-energy buildings is being put through its paces in Melbourne’s Queen Victoria Market. The Ice Box Challenge involves putting two identical 720-kilogram blocks of ice under two separate structures – one built to the
What is Affordable Housing? Conventional Guidelines advise 1/3 of income budgeted for housing. This can be looked at as an affordable amount to spend on housing. Affordable means something different for each and every one of us, so 1/3
Hang on to your smartphone The little computer you carry with you requires a lot of energy to assemble. The production of an iPhone 6, for example, released the equivalent of 178 pounds of carbon dioxide, or about as
Cheap stick framing has led to a proliferation of blocky, forgettable mid-rises—and more than a few construction fires. These buildings are in almost every U.S. city. They range from three to seven stories tall and can stretch for
Having access to soft, fluffy toilet paper is one of those modern conveniences that makes life in the 21st century that much easier. But did you know that using this luxury could be doing more damage to the environment than driving
Small-scale micro hydro power is both an efficient and reliable form of energy, most of the time. However, there are certain disadvantages that should be considered before constructing a small hydro power system. It is crucial to have a
Being a steward of the environment means evaluating how many resources you and your family consume and consistently looking for ways to reduce your carbon footprint. The good news is that it’s pretty easy to make small eco-friendly fixtures to your
High electric bill? Here are some reasons why, and what you can do to lower it. Your grocery receipt is itemized, your new car window sticker lists all your options, even your mobile bill breaks down the different charges.