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The Sierra Club has released an elegantly simple “subway map” of U.S. National Parks. How many stops have you made? See the map over at Treehugger and start your checklist.
A great read on why FSC is still the best rating system for forestry products, although the others have improved. Perkins+Will recently reviewed its “FSC + Better” policy and decided to stick with it because “as a rule, FSC emphasizes real performance in the forest, whereas the other systems are more focused on intended outcomes,” writes P+W’s Doug Pierce. (For more context, see our series examining the “wood wars” in terms of economics, LEED credits, and global warming.)
Environmentalists have rushed to embrace cloud-based storage and computing practices, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves; aside from the serious energy issues to think through, we also need to back up our data in multiple places and think more carefully about security. This piece by Mat Honan at Wired reads like a thriller about the dangers of a purely digital life—but it’s frighteningly real. If you’re living in the cloud, be careful up there.
The companies are threatening to release the refrigerants into the atmosphere if the UN tries to change the program.
This self-paced online course offered through the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association covers everything from solar orientation and energy modeling to meticulous design details for controlling vapor, air, and heat flow in a zero-energy house. Taught by Marc Rosenbaum, designer of these eight super-homes on Martha’s Vineyard.
We installed these in our new house and they work great. Excellent product.
With a little patience you can find the material information embedded in their pdfs. But it looks to me like some of the...
A building is created, built, run, impacted, used and abused by dozens, hundreds, and even tens of thousands of the least..." More...
Bryan, the article above discusses mounting considerations relative to heating. I think it's up to you to weigh whether those considerations are..." More...
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Thanks Triston, but what do you think would be a suitable location for the inside unit, should I mount it up high, about 7 feet or mount it lower..." More...
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Bryan, if you want to provide heating and cooling, and if doing so electrically is attractive, then I don't see any issue with using a mini-split..." More...
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I have been reading the comments on the mini splits, let me tell you what I have and what I'm looking to do. Any comments will help me. I have a..." More...
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