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    Environmentally Friendly Product Fail: The Cardboard Slinky

    Image via uncommon goods Cardboard toys can be really cool since the materials used to make them are recyclable or compostable, durable enough to last for awhile but not so durable that they’ll stay in the environment for forever after the toy breaks and no one wants it anymore. But here’s one cardboard toy that misses the good-idea boat.

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    Builder News, Spray It On, by Jeff Gunderson

    As all builders know, constructing well-insulated building envelopes is critical for superior energy efficiency. In addition to high-performance materials and sustainable design techniques, the use of spray foam insulation can help builders and developers achieve airtight structures. This product is highly effective for sealing the cracks and crevices in a house or structure, thus greatly reducing air and heat flow. Indeed, the application of spray foam insulation can be an essential factor to a home’s energy-efficiency portfolio.

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    Recent Survey Suggests Brick is Siding Of Choice

    I found the following suvey very interesting, because brick is very prevelent in the Atlanta market. Using a life cycle costing approach on this type of exterior clading, it is clearly the top choice in the homes that I build.

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    Tips to Maintain Good Indoor Air Quality this Winter

    Winter may be a great time to hibernate, but if the air inside your home isn’t up to par, then it’s time to follow some tips to improve and maintain the quality of the air you breath. These tips will be especially helpful for sufferers of asthma, children and the elderly, but of course all

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    Sensitile Terrazzo Tiles Integrate Fiber Optics and LEDs

    With fiber optics and LEDs, lighting is becoming part of the fabric of our buildings. Sensitile isn’t particularly green, but it is an interesting demonstration of where things are going. The fibers can be lit from any source, even solar.

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    New Category of Heat Pumps Now Can Earn Energy Star

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency is announcing new requirements for residential geothermal heat pumps , enabling water-to-water geothermal heat pumps to earn the Energy Star label for the first time. EPA’s stringent specifications for this new category of geothermal heat pumps will help protect the environment and reduce energy costs because GHPs that meet the new standards will be up to 45 percent more efficient than conventional pumps

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