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Recently, I broke one of my long-standing rules and blogged about something BuildingGreen-related at my own blog. My Costanzian fears were indeed warranted, and I've been egged on to cross-post it to the Live blog. Here she is, warts and all: my unvarnished opinion on the very best parts of the BuildingGreen product GreenBuildingAdvisor.com./BF

I don't often blog about worky stuff here, but decided this week that my "Worlds Will Collide!" fears are probably completely unwarranted. Besides, I'm working on some cool stuff these days. And finally, when my wife asks me, "What have you been doing?," when I come to bed at an obscene hour, I have an acceptable answer: "Changing the world, baby. Changing the world."

BuildingGreen launched a new property several months ago, GreenBuildingAdvisor.com (GBA). Now, this was in process as I came into the company in September 2008 and involved a whole lot of organization and reorganization to get the team in place for even content production, but I can't get into much of that here. What I *CAN* get into are what I think are the absolute coolest content areas on this Drupal-based site.

Green Basics

It's really important to come at a new field with a common vocabulary. Think of this as a vocab-building primer of terms and concepts bandied about in Green but seldom explained or contextualized. Click anywhere on that page and you get access to detail diagrams and explanations of key concepts and terms. I subscribe to a couple of building magazines and use their sites a lot. NOTHING is as good as this, period.

Green Homes

Now, case studies are not something new for BuildingGreen given the popularity of the High Performance Buildings Database, but there's one aspect in the corresponding Green Homes feature area that stands out: these pictures are gorgeous and inspiring. Sure, I can look up a product if I hear about and learn enough to put it in myself... but watching it get installed? Or seeing it in a context that gives me another product idea?? Reading about the compromises that lead to selection of that product in tandem with another? That's pretty awesome.

Product Guide

The Product Guide is some content syndication from GreenSpec, another key BuildingGreen property that provides a ready-to-use index of green products, manufacturers, and product categories. They sum it up on the GBA page with this: "Product manufacturers can not buy their way on to this list." These are a true best-of and where I first turned for ideas when we did our kitchen remodel this year.

Summary

Now, I know I've probably alienated some portion of the site that's behind the payed membership wall (oh yeah, some of this content is part of a paid GBA Pro membership that gets you even more like CAD Details & whatnot), but these are the stand-outs from my perspective and key to what makes this site a truly amazing asset. At the time of this writing, you can get a 10-day trial to the premium GBA Pro content - the energy savings I've realized alone have outvalued the cost of this annual or monthly membership - or be a lurker for a while before you take the plunge. Personally, I'm probably not renewing some of those magazines whose sites I use in favor of this totally righteous tool.

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1 Hi my names is Chris and I am posted by chris on 06/23/2009 at 08:51 pm

Hi my names is Chris and I am from of a company called EFBS .We supply and install with eco friendly products such as eco block, QT and NRG green board we are well established have been using these systems in Australia for 7 years now and are always looking for more architects to combine with to help grow green building within Sydney and Australia. Ecoblock is an ICF (insulated concrete formwork ) system that is quick and easy to use has a R-vale of 3.78 which can dramatically reduces the energy cost of a home by up to 40% ,fire rating of 180/180/180 and a acoustic vale of 50 plus this is based on a 150 mm core of concrete with 65 mm of Polystyrene on either side this makes the entire block a 280 wall and can have gyprock directly screwed to the internal panel and a polymer acrylic render trowed onto the eternal or any other external cladding, which makes a full structural wall with no timber or insulation needed. These wall are classed as a monolific pour which means lintels and big span opens require no additional steel beams as the eco is classed as a support beam which saves costs in the building and allows more freedom in architectural designs. And with no timber in these homes no termite protection is needed, Eco can be used to create water tanks , swimming pools, retaining walls, houses, factories the applications are limitless In the eco series we have 100mm, 200mm and 250 mm cavity which will change all the insulation, fire rating and acoustic values. There is a web site link attached and my personal number and the office number and address if you have any questions or inquiries please call Steve in the office or myself on the mobile

chris camilleri

Eco Friendly Building Supplies Pty. Ltd. Unit 2/10 Carnegie Pl. Blacktown NSW, 2148www.efbs.com.au


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