Taxonomy Term http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/1800/Water%20Wise%20Guys en How Much Water to Turn on a Light Bulb? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-much-water-turn-light-bulb <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Exelon_Nuc_Byron_IL_ScottOlsen.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="https://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/Blog_Images/Alexs_blog_images/Exelon_Nuc_Byron_IL_ScottOlsen.jpg" /></a> <strong>Cooling towers at a nuclear power plant in Byron, Illinois.</strong><br /><em>Photo Credit: Scott Olson, Getty Images</em></div> <p class="Standard">Nearly all of our methods for generating electricity involve water consumption—some a lot, some not as much. Producing electricity with hydropower is the most water-intensive method, owing to evaporation from reservoirs. Nationwide, electricity from hydropower plants consumes about 9 gallons of water per kilowatt-hour (<abbr title="A kilowatt-hour is a unit of work or energy, measured as 1 kilowatt (1,000 watts) of power expended for 1 hour. One kWh is equivalent to 3,412 Btu."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2429">kWh</a></abbr>) of electricity produced.</p> <p class="Standard">In some parts of the world, this evaporation is a big problem because of the relative scarcity of water and its use for drinking water. In the arid Southwestern U.S. this evaporation is a huge issue, especially from reservoirs like Lake Mead.</p> <p class="Standard"><strong>Water use for thermoelectric power plants</strong></p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-much-water-turn-light-bulb" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/how-much-water-turn-light-bulb#comments Wed, 16 Apr 2014 16:40:18 +0000 Alex Wilson 18853 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com A Foot-control faucet for convenience and savings http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/foot-control-faucet-convenience-and-savings <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Kick-pad_and_cabinet_door_1751.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Kick-pad_and_cabinet_door_1751.jpg" alt="" /></a><em>Tapmaster Model 1751 includes both a kick-plate and button activated by the cabinet door to turn the tap on and off. Photo: Tapmaster. <strong>Click on image to enlarge.</strong></em></div> <p>For the past eight years we've been able to turn our kitchen faucet on and off using a knee- and foot-control valve from the Canadian company <a href="http://www.tapmaster.ca/">Tapmaster</a>. This may seem like a convenience-only product designed for lazy people. I can't argue with all of that--and admit that I probably wouldn't have installed one if I hadn't received it for testing from the manufacturer after we had reviewed a competing product in Environmental Building News. But I gotta say, I love it, and I'm convinced that it does result in significant water and energy savings. <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Kick-pad_and_cabinet_door_1751.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=91787">Kick-pad_and_cabinet_door_1751.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Cabinet_1750.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=107324">Cabinet_1750.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/foot-control-faucet-convenience-and-savings" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/foot-control-faucet-convenience-and-savings#comments Tue, 07 Dec 2010 22:55:00 +0000 Web Master 9118 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com 10 Questions with 2010 Hanley Award winner Alex Wilson http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/10-questions-2010-hanley-award-winner-alex-wilson <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Tristan Roberts </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Greenbuild '10 </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen Talks LEED </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Op-Ed </div> <div class="field-item even"> Passive Survivability </div> <div class="field-item odd"> Water Wise Guys </div> <div class="field-item even"> BuildingGreen's Top Stories </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//ALEX wilson.jpg" alt="" /></p> <p><em>Alex Wilson, the founder of our company and our current executive editor (i.e., my boss), is being named the 2010 Hanley Award winner in a special event here at Greenbuild 2010 tomorrow. In recognition of this achievement, and to better understand how this innovative, always-curious visionary looks at the world, I recently asked him 10 questions. Here's the conversation.</em></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/ALEX_wilson.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=96967">ALEX_wilson.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/people_alex_bio.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=53413">people_alex_bio.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/10-questions-2010-hanley-award-winner-alex-wilson" target="_blank">read more</a></p> BuildingGreen Talks LEED BuildingGreen's Top Stories Greenbuild '10 Op-Ed Passive Survivability Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/10-questions-2010-hanley-award-winner-alex-wilson#comments Tue, 16 Nov 2010 17:37:00 +0000 Web Master 9129 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Revised Air Conditioner Condensate Calculator Available on BuildingGreen.com http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/revised-air-conditioner-condensate-calculator-available-buildinggreencom <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//CondensateCalculator.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//CondensateCalculator.jpg" alt="" /></a><em>This online calculator allows you to calculate how much condensate can be captured from an air conditioning system. <strong>Click on image to enlarge.</strong></em></div> <p>Back in 2008 when I wrote a series of articles for Environmental Building News on water (all three can be accessed with <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/press/water.cfm">this link</a>), one of those articles, <a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/auth/article.cfm/2008/4/29/Alternative-Water-Sources-Supply-Side-Solutions-for-Green-Buildings/">Alternative Water Sources: Supply-Side Solutions for Green Buildings</a>, examined various ways of harvesting water and included an in-depth look at collecting air conditioner condensate. <br /> <br />Here's an excerpt from that article on how that condensate is generated: <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/CondensateCalculator.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=112301">CondensateCalculator.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/revised-air-conditioner-condensate-calculator-available-buildinggreencom" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/revised-air-conditioner-condensate-calculator-available-buildinggreencom#comments Sat, 25 Sep 2010 15:00:00 +0000 Web Master 9148 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Saving Water by Conserving Energy http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/saving-water-conserving-energy <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Lake Mead_Oct07_KenDewey_Dsc_5196d70sm5.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Lake Mead_Oct07_KenDewey_Dsc_5196d70sm5.jpg" alt="" /></a><em>Lake Mead, the nation's largest reservoir, which supplies 90% of Las Vegas's water and millions of other residents, shown at about half capacity in 2007. Ken Dewey photo. <strong>Click on image to enlarge.</strong></em></div> <p>Last week we examined the amount of energy it takes to transport and treat water--and how we can conserve energy by using less water. This week, we'll look at the inverse of that: how much water it takes to produce energy and how our energy conservation efforts reduce water use. <strong>The water intensity of energy</strong> Whenever water shortages loom anywhere, we hear about how much "embodied water" there is in various products. According to the <a href="http://www.waterfootprint.org/?page=files/productgallery">Water Footprint Network</a>, producing a slice of bread requires 11 gallons of water and producing a pound of beef takes 1,800 gallons. The same sort of analysis can be done with our energy sources. As with foods, different types of energy have different water intensities.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Lake_Mead_Oct07_KenDewey_Dsc_5196d70sm5.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=85264">Lake_Mead_Oct07_KenDewey_Dsc_5196d70sm5.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/saving-water-conserving-energy" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/saving-water-conserving-energy#comments Tue, 31 Aug 2010 14:05:00 +0000 Web Master 9155 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Saving Energy by Conserving Water http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/saving-energy-conserving-water <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Energy Solutions </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Stealth_StudioPhoto_LoRes1.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Stealth_StudioPhoto_LoRes1.jpg" alt="" /></a><em>Niagara uses innovative "vacuum-assist" hydraulics to provide an effective, yet super-quiet flush in the Stealth toilet, requiring just 0.8 gallons. By using less water, this toilet saves energy. Photo: Niagara Conservation. <strong>Click on image to enlarge</strong></em></div> <p>It takes a lot of energy to transport and treat water in this country, and it takes a lot of water to produce the energy we use. To put this a different way: when we save water we save energy, and when we save energy we save water. Most people don't think about this tight-knit relationship between energy and water, but public officials in a growing number of regions around the country are becoming quite aware of it. This week, I'll examine how much energy it takes to move water and to treat both supply water and wastewater. Next week, I'll look at how much water is used in producing our energy. <strong>The <abbr title="The ratio of consumption to unit of measurement (floorspace, number of workers, etc.) Energy intensity is usually given on an aggregate basis, as the ratio of the total consumption for a set of buildings to the total floorspace in those buildings. Conditional energy intensity and gross energy intensity are presented. The energy intensity can also be computed for individual buildings."><a class="glossary-term" href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/glossary/6#term2361">energy intensity</a></abbr> of water:</strong> The amount of energy needed to deliver clean water and treat that water once we've used it varies tremendously by region.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Stealth_StudioPhoto_LoRes1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=43327">Stealth_StudioPhoto_LoRes1.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/saving-energy-conserving-water" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Energy Solutions Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/saving-energy-conserving-water#comments Tue, 24 Aug 2010 17:50:00 +0000 Web Master 9157 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Is America Ready for a Home Urinal? http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/america-ready-home-urinal <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <div><a href="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Baja-residential_LoRes.jpg" target="_blank"><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//Baja-residential_LoRes.jpg" alt="" /></a><em>The Waterless Company's new residential Baja urinal begins shipping this week. Photo: Waterless Company. <strong>Click on image to enlarge.</strong></em></div> <p>There are some significant advantages to urinals when it comes to bathroom maintenance (I won't go into the messy details of splashing that happens when males stand and urinate into a toilet). With ultra-efficient urinals (often called one-pint urinals) and waterless urinals, there are also very significant water savings that are achieved. <br /></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Baja-residential_LoRes.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=84340">Baja-residential_LoRes.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/WaterlessEcoTrap_08-2010_LoRes.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=215461">WaterlessEcoTrap_08-2010_LoRes.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/america-ready-home-urinal" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/america-ready-home-urinal#comments Thu, 19 Aug 2010 14:15:00 +0000 Web Master 9159 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com The DOE Showerhead Rule: Someone is all wet http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/doe-showerhead-rule-someone-all-wet <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//kohler - 8 head shower.png" alt="" /></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-png" alt="image/png icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/kohler_-_8_head_shower.png" type="image/png; length=328400">kohler_-_8_head_shower.png</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/doe-showerhead-rule-someone-all-wet" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/doe-showerhead-rule-someone-all-wet#comments Wed, 07 Jul 2010 19:04:00 +0000 Web Master 9172 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Pressure Reducing Valves Save Water and Prevent Problems http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/pressure-reducing-valves-save-water-and-prevent-problems <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//PRV-Meter-Main shut off 2-RED1.jpg" alt="" /></p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/PRV-Meter-Main_shut_off_2-RED1.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=31970">PRV-Meter-Main_shut_off_2-RED1.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/pressre-gage-large-RED.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=27910">pressre-gage-large-RED.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/pressure-reducing-valves-save-water-and-prevent-problems" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/pressure-reducing-valves-save-water-and-prevent-problems#comments Thu, 24 Jun 2010 20:17:00 +0000 Web Master 9177 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com WaterSense Labeled New Homes Make Sense http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/watersense-labeled-new-homes-make-sense <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//WSpromolabel_blue_look.jpg" alt="" /> <strong>EPA's new specification for water-efficient homes works well for all sorts of builders and even remodelers</strong> Although <a href="http://www.epa.gov/watersense/spaces/new_homes.html">EPA's criteria for WaterSense labeled new homes</a> were only recently released, custom and production builders from Georgia to Arizona, from Montana to Hawaii, are signing up. With typical overall water savings of more than 20 percent compared to other homes, WaterSense homes are just that--sensible.<strong>A custom builder (and remodeler) perspective</strong> "Water is the next big issue," says Bill Christopher, Secretary/Treasurer of <a href="http://www.ilmdesignbuild.com/">ILM Design and Build, Inc</a> in Wilmington, North Carolina.</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/WSpromolabel_blue_look.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=79277">WSpromolabel_blue_look.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/watersense-labeled-new-homes-make-sense" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/watersense-labeled-new-homes-make-sense#comments Tue, 01 Jun 2010 19:47:00 +0000 Web Master 9184 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Pearl's Premium: An Environmentally Friendly Lawn Seed http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/pearls-premium-environmentally-friendly-lawn-seed <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Alex Wilson </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-category"> <div class="field-label">Blog Category:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GreenSpec Insights </div> <div class="field-item even"> Water Wise Guys </div> </div> </div> <p><img src="http://www.buildinggreen.com/live/images//HappyDogAndOwnerWalkOnMadnick&#039;sHealthyLushOrganicLawn-LoRes.jpg" /><br /> We dump a huge amount of water, chemicals, and money on lawns in America, and we spew lots of pollution into the air mowing them. There are some better options. One is to eliminate lawns. The other is to plant a lawn seed mix that doesn't need to be kept on life-support. <a href="http://www.pearlspremium.com/">Pearl's Premium</a> lawn seed, developed by environmental activist Jackson Madnick with help of soil scientists, offers northern-climate landowners a much greener (!) option.</p> <p>Pearl's Premium, named after Madnick's mother and his daughter, is available in two different mixes: a shady-site version, which is appropriate for lawns fully in the shade to 50% sun; and a sunny mix for sites with 50% sun to full sun. The shady mix consists of five different fescues (fescue is a type of grass), three of which are native and two "adaptive," to use Madnick's term. The sunny mix contains three of the fescues in the shady mix, plus a special deep-rooted adaptive bluegrass and an adaptive ryegrass.</p> <p>There are four important benefits of Pearl's Premium turf compared with conventional Kentucky bluegrass turf:</p> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-bg-blog-image"> <div class="field-label">Images:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/HappyDogAndOwnerWalkOnMadnick%2527sHealthyLushOrganicLawn-LoRes_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=195795">HappyDogAndOwnerWalkOnMadnick%27sHealthyLushOrganicLawn-LoRes_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item even"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Pic_of_david_phyllis_Weston_lawn_w_no_people_good_shot-LoRes_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=278397">Pic_of_david_phyllis_Weston_lawn_w_no_people_good_shot-LoRes_0.jpg</a></div> </div> <div class="field-item odd"> <div class="filefield-file clear-block"><img class="filefield-icon field-icon-image-jpeg" alt="image/jpeg icon" src="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/sites/all/modules/filefield/icons/image-x-generic.png" /><a href="/sites/buildinggreen.com/files/live/Pic_Weston_Lawn_w_no_people_half_circle_garden_bg1705-LoRes_0.jpg" type="image/jpeg; length=298034">Pic_Weston_Lawn_w_no_people_half_circle_garden_bg1705-LoRes_0.jpg</a></div> </div> </div> </div> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/pearls-premium-environmentally-friendly-lawn-seed" target="_blank">read more</a></p> GreenSpec Insights Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/pearls-premium-environmentally-friendly-lawn-seed#comments Fri, 28 May 2010 21:08:00 +0000 Web Master 9186 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com Water: The Back Seat Driver http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/water-back-seat-driver <div class="field field-type-text field-field-bg-blog-author-name"> <div class="field-label">Author name:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Peter Yost </div> </div> </div> <p>Welcome to our new blog dedicated to the issues of water, water efficiency, and water policy.<br /><br /> <br /><br /> When we talk about the environment and environmentally responsible building, it&rsquo;s almost always energy that takes the spotlight, with water pretty far down the list. But it&rsquo;s not hard to see just how much of a back seat driver water can be:</p> <p><a href="http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/water-back-seat-driver" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Water Wise Guys http://www2.buildinggreen.com/blogs/water-back-seat-driver#comments Fri, 07 May 2010 15:24:00 +0000 Web Master 11982 at http://www2.buildinggreen.com