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Is Green Building Ethical?

Most people would agree that green building is a desirable thing. But sometimes it isn’t so clear. Ethics, even with something as virtuous as green building, can get murky fast. Join us this Tuesday May 13, 2014 for a USGBC

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Fun Built with Salvaged Material

The growth in sustainable and green living has given rise to a movement of eco-tourism in a variety of forms across the country.  Specifically the use of salvaged materials is making a breakthrough in the realm of practical and/ or

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The Living Building Challenge- Winner of the 2012 Buckminster-Fuller Challenge

Green building and eco-sensitive design is currently at the forefront of our modern ethos.   What this means for the green builders, contractors and architects of NY, and the world, is a period of dramatic change and challenge is ahead if

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Can Buying Stuff Help Make a Green America?

If you believe in voting with your dollar, then Green America wants to be your ballot box. The organization is like Consumer Reports’ older brother that joined the Peace Corps and goes to protests on the weekends. It evaluates businesses that aspire to

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Green Building Sales – Art of Bid Pricing

I love the psychology of sales. It is what distinguishes humans from numbers. The sale item that a shop keeper takes a loss on to get people in the door so they buy other things. Half price drinks at the

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Green Building Ethics

Green building is all about energy efficiency, saving precious resources, green roofs and recycled cellulose insulation, right? I would actually say that those things are secondary and that there is a larger philosophy behind green building. Those things are some

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Letter from Rick Fedrizzi – CEO, President and Founding Chair, USGBC

Dear USGBC Constituents: In recent weeks, a wave of fear and pessimism propagated by the world financial crisis has stolen the headlines, gripped the nation, and challenged our movement. In conversation after conversation, people are asking what will happen to

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Insulation Has Arrived!

Green Building is like life: it is all about energy. How you control it, who has it, where it is flowing, and where it isn’t flowing. You control the energy and you have a great house (possibly a great life

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Recycled Wood Floor

I have relationships with the contractors in the neighborhood. These oak floors were perfectly fine but the owner wanted to replace them with cherry wood floors. Instead of put them in the dump I got them. The lower floors of

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Things We Can Do, Must Do

Things we can do right away in a lousy economy: –Conserve. Obama almost said the ‘C’ word in the debate­and you would think this is something radicals, liberals and conservatives would all agree on, as it requires no funding or

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Triple Bottom Line Business Model

I came accross the concept of the “Triple Bottom Line” Business Model the other day. It is something I have done most of my life but never knew there was actually a concept out there that people train in and

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Found a Contractor? Get References and ask these questions

Getting a good contractor is not always easy. If you find one ask for references. If they make you feel uncomfortable about this that should be a warning sign. When you call the references ask these kinds of questions: *

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AmeriQuest Mortgage – Good example of NOT being green

I came across these really funny commercials by Ameriquest Mortgage Company. They are worth checking out because they’ll give you a laugh. But the real joke is the tag line: “Don’t judge too quickly. We won’t.” It turns out their

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