• November

      20

      2010
    • 1090
    • 0

    Cement-Like Creation Could Help the Environment

    A Temple University researcher has developed a cement-like substance that could help with stormwater management while potentially keeping millions of plastic bottles out of landfills.

    Naji Khoury, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple, uses a mixture of recyclable plastic bottles and soil to create “Plastisoil,” a trademarked product he describes as an impervious cementing agent. When mixed with course aggregate and heated, it produces what Khoury calls “porous Plastisoil,” which functions like pervious concrete and porous asphalt.

    • November

      6

      2010
    • 900
    • 0

    New LEED Materials Credit Addresses Chemicals of Concern

    The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has added a new LEED materials credit for “Chemical Avoidance in Building Materials” to its LEED Pilot Credit Library, reports Healthy Building News.

    Together, with an earlier credit for “PBT Source Reduction: Dioxins and Halogenated Organic Compounds” marks the beginning of a three-step approach the USGBC is undertaking to address “chemicals of concern” in building materials, according to the article.

    • November

      6

      2010
    • 1565
    • 0

    Will Garden Shed Home Offices Catch On in North America?

    Eco-Hab Uncle Wilco shows us yet another british Garden home office design, the O-Pod. It’s full of green goodness like FSC timber andrecycled insulation, from Aidan Quinn , who previously built the lovely Eco-pod. There are so many of them now

    • November

      6

      2010
    • 1057
    • 0

    rSTUDS Are A Clever Little Slice of a SIP

    Structural Insulated Panels, or SIPs, are a great way to build; you get a strong wall with no thermal breaks and high R-values. Normal stud walls, with insulation packed between wood studs that support both the interior drywall and the exterior sheathing may have an average R-value that complies with code, but heat will be conducted more easily through the stud. In a tightly sealed house with a high humidity, that can lead to condensation and mould.

    • November

      6

      2010
    • 975
    • 0

    2010 Energy Standard Provides for 20 Percent-Plus Energy Savings

    ATLANTA – By following the guidance in the newly published 2010 energy standard from ASHRAE and IES, more than 20 percent energy reduction can be achieved over savings in the 2004 standard …

    • November

      6

      2010
    • 1202
    • 0

    Reading the Green Building Tea Leaves

    I am trying to make sense out of a number of different events that will be shaping the design, construction and green building industries for the foreseeable future. Maybe you can help me make sense out of it all. Here is what I am seeing:
    Something is going on with LEED

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Costs of Custom Homes

The first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a 3000 sqft custom home in the Atlanta, GA. market?  The first thing you have to calculate is the square footage you want.  Once you have that, the numbers below give you a good starting point.

Adjusted Square Foot Calculation:

New Construction:

Renovations:

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