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Power Your Jobsite Cordless Tools with this DIY Solar Charging Station

The key is to skip the inverter and power directly from 12-volt batteries.

Phase 1: Standardize Your Cordless Tools

Resilient Building Materials for Coastal Living and a Tiny House Coat Rack

Green Builder Media's February 4, 2016 Vantage Enewsletter

Slideshow: Low-Cost, Ultra Durable Steel and Stucco Buildings for Coastal Living? With very little "organic" materials, these structures might be a realistic option for vacation homes in at-risk coastal areas.

Diageo's Miami Office Awarded LEED Certification

Company's fifth North American site to earn important environmental distinction
Press Release

NORWALK, Conn., February 3, 2016 /3BL Media/ - Diageo, a global leader in beverage alcohol, announced that its Miami office has been awarded the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED®) Silver certification by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC). The Miami location is Diageo’s fifth building in North America to receive LEED certification, joining the company’s Chicago, New York and Norwalk offices, and a facility in the U.S.

Reflections on Laudato Si - Concluded


“Never before has the world had a document that so eloquently unites ethics and environmental stewardship. That is why Laudato Si was the most significant environmental event of 2015.”

“Show your work.”

Does that bring you back to your high school math class in a hurry? That phrase was a near-daily refrain in mine. It didn’t matter if you intuitively, or by sheer luck, got a math problem right. You also had to offer a proof as well. You had to back it up.

A Replacement for Blower Doors and Prepping your Home for Solar

Green Builder Media's January 28, 2016 Vantage Enewsletter

New "Pulse" Device Could Replace Blower Doors as a Fast, Easy Way to Test Airtightness The unit creates a short low-pressure pulse that can measure building leakage in about a minute.

Reflections on Laudato Si - Continued


All of this block quoting of the Pope is pretty convenient. I mean, it shortens up what I have to write considerably. I promise you I’m not being lazy though. Pope Francis has some important things to say, so here’s your next quote (emphasis again my own).

VIDEO: Develop a Plan on How to Improve Building Processes

The BASF HP+ Consultative Solution
Multimedia with summary

The multidisciplinary team of building scientists, architects, engineers and sustainable construction experts at BASF's Center for Building Excellence is using chemistry as the catalyst for more energy-efficient, durable and comfortable construction. Through our HP+ Consultative Solutions, we’re bringing their expert insight directly to you, connecting you to a wealth of knowledge about beyond code methods and more. 

Small Hydropower Expected to Grow and A Net Zero Neighborhood

Green Builder Media's January 14, 2016 Vantage Enewsletter

Sending a Message Has the building industry simply turned its back on issues like climate change, rapidly evolving technologies, emerging regulations, labor and materials, plus the economic uncertainties of building in the year to come?

Net Zero Neighborhood The 42 homes in this Seattle micro-community are super efficient and solar ready.

Net Zero Neighborhood

The 42 homes in this Seattle micro-community are super efficient and solar ready.

THE RAINIER VISTA COMMUNITY, located in Seattle’s Columbia City neighborhood, began as a partnership between Dwell Development and the Seattle Housing Authority in 2010. Dwell Development’s owner, Anthony Maschmedt, committed to building 15 homes using green building techniques and high-performance technology that would help homeowners conserve resources and cut costs. The excitement and demand generated by the project led to an additional 36 homes over five years. The last home was completed and sold in July 2015.

How to Run Electrical Through Structural Insulated Panels

Builders at Mariposa Meadows are following these best practices for running electrical wires using chases.

Conversations with those new to SIPs inevitably turn to concerns and questions on how to run electrical through structural insulated panels. Most assume that the solid core of a SIP thwarts the efforts of your electrician to efficiently run wires through walls and roof. In actuality, with a bit of preplanning and knowledgeable SIP installers, Sparky can get wires from A to B with minimal effort.


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