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What Makes a Home Livable?

From a building science perspective, three things define a home's comfort level: moisture, temperature and noise.
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Humans are highly adaptable to different climates, but much of that adaptability is technology enhanced. Without heating, warm clothes, and so on, we're fairly fragile.

LiveScience notes that "people can live indefinitely in environments that range between roughly 40 °F and 95 °F (4 °C and 35 °C), if the latter temperature occurs at no more than 50 percent relative humidity."

Let’s Play a Game

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Ever since I was a little kid, I’ve loved games. I’m pretty sure my parents could have manipulated me into doing whatever they wanted by calling it a game. “John, I bet you can’t be silent longer than me during this five-hour car ride. Ready? Go!” Or, “John, do you think you can eat all of your vegetables in the next 60 seconds?”

...I’m encouraged by the recent trend of gamification, in particular its applications in the environmental space.

WERS Program in Action

Green Builder Media's December 22, 2015 Vantage Enewsletter
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WERS Program In Action WERS Program Helps Homebuilder Save Thousands on Building Permit Fees

Solar and Wind Liberated In an amazingly bipartisan move, Congress just ensured the steady growth of wind and solar through 2021.

Congratulating a Friend on a Job Well Done

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My Mother has always loved this week. Certainly, she is partial to Christmas. A gathering of family for a religious celebration is a wonderful occasion, and my parents do an admirable job of keeping this season sacred. Their home never feels more like home than this week.

Climate Talks are Over, Now What?

Green Builder Media's December 17, 2015 Vantage Enewsletter
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How To Run Electric Through SIPs Builders at Mariposa Meadows are following these best practices for running electrical wires using chases.

Functional Forms Teams stretch their design skills and test their building science knowledge as they compete to design the best zero-energy multi-use building for a site in Portland, Oregon.

Green Builder® Media Announces Winners of the 8th Annual Home of the Year Awards

Green Builder® magazine honors sustainable building project award winners for 2015
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December 18, 2015 /3BL Media/ - Green Builder Media, recently announced the winners of its 8th Annual Green Home of the Year Awards. Nine projects were selected to represent this year’s best green homes. This year’s homes upped the ante on overall sustainability and several of the winners have achieved net-zero energy or are net-zero ready.

CH2M Announced as Recipient of World Environment Center’s 2016 Gold Medal Award for Sustainable Development

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December 15, 2015 /3BL Media/ - The World Environment Center (WEC) is pleased to announce that the 2016 Gold Medal Award for International Corporate Achievement in Sustainable Development has been awarded to CH2M, one of the world’s premier infrastructure and natural resource management companies. The award will be presented to CH2M Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Jacqueline Hinman on May 19, 2016 at the 32nd Annual WEC Gold Medal Gala in Washington, D.C. The Gold Medal Gala will be followed on May 20, 2016 by the WEC Gold Medal Colloquium.  

That Grantmaker Plays a Mean Bass Guitar

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My only disappointment was that they didn’t smash a guitar.

Actually, looking back, I’m glad they didn’t. That would have been wasteful, and such destructive behavior really wasn’t as “cool” in their later years. The Who could still put on an incredible concert though.

Green Home Valuation Gets a Boost and an Insulation and Air Sealing Primer

Green Builder Media's December 10, 2015 Vantage Enewsletter
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Green Home Valuation Gets a Boost Will green homes finally get the appraisal values they deserve?

Insulation and Air Sealing Insulation makes any project greener, but choosing the best product requires more than just looking at its R-value.

As Simple, or Perhaps Complicated, as Flicking a Switch

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You know what’s fun? Reminiscing about old, iconic commercials is fun. You’ve got your “Beef, It’s What’s for Dinner,” the California Raisins dancing across your screen, and some excessively persistent kid giving a limping and clearly frustrated “Mean Joe” Greene of the Pittsburgh Steelers a Coca-Cola in exchange for his sweaty, disgusting football jersey. Ahhhhhhhh, good times.

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