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Greening Up Existing Buildings

This article appears in the February 2011 edition of Florida Investor. By Paul E. Beers Sustainable design has been defined as buildings that are accessible, secure, healthy, and productive while minimizing their impact on the environment. A related issue is building resiliency. Building resiliency is the capacity of a building to continue to function and operate under extreme conditions, such … Continue reading

Green Roofs: The Future, or NOW!

You would think that “Green or Eco” roofing would be a fairly new trend when it comes to living green; however, that’s not the case. According to Greenroof.org (www.greenroof.org), “Green or Eco” Roofing has been well established in Europe for year through government intervention and support.  Germany has been using modern green roof technology since … Continue reading

Insulated Concrete Form Construction

Want save money on your energy bill and live green? Then maybe consider buying an ICF built home. The Insulated Concrete Form Association defines ICF (Insulated Concrete form) as “hollow blocks or panels” made of plastic foam that are stacked into the shape of walls of a building. Workers then fill the centre with reinforced … Continue reading

E.I.F.S. Systems

Over Cladding with EIFSOne way to help convert your existing home into a “green/eco” friendly home is through over cladding with EIFS. An Exterior Insulation and Finish System (EIFS) is a “wall covering that insulates and provides weather protection which can be installed on any type of construction.” (Source: DSPinspections.com website). EIFS imitates the appearance … Continue reading

Grey Water Recycling

Grey Water Recycling by Rick & Nordene Stacey It’s a given; the household water we use goes down the drain and then into the nearby sewage system. However, have you ever thought about how this water could be reused? With approximately 1 out of every 8th person lacking access to a safe water supply (Source: … Continue reading

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