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    Go Wild, a Homeowner Tells Her Yard

    MARGIE RUDDICK, a designer known for her elegant ecological landscapes, got a summons from the City of Philadelphia last year, citing her East Mount Airy yard as being in violation of the property maintenance code.

    “For weeds over 10 inches,” said Ms. Ruddick, 54, standing beside her favorite pokeweed a few weeks ago. By August, it will be laden with purple berries, poisonous to humans but a favorite of the birds.

    About a year after she stopped mowing the lawn here in 2005, black cherry seedlings showed up in the tall grasses and wild asters. In the next few years, oaks, mulberry and rose of sharon moved in.

    “There wasn’t a lot of order or maintenance, and it did look a little

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    Structural Thermal Breaks for Steel Framing

    Fabreeka’s Thermal Insulation Material can provide a much needed thermal break between flanged steel framing. Photo credit: Fabreeka International Steel beams are a prime pathway for transferring heat and cold in and out of buildings

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    DOE Spurs Progress on Green Building Valuations

    The Department of Energy gets involved in green real estate appraisals.

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    North Carolina Adopts Code Council IgCC Rainwater Harvest Provisions

    North Carolina Adopts Code Council IgCC Rainwater Harvest Provisions RedOrbit North Carolina, for example, is amending their codes to include the ICC’s rainwater collection and distribution provisions. Captured rainwater can be used for many purposes and offsets millions of gallons of what would otherwise be runoff water use ..

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    If I See Another Full Page Pella Window Ad I Am Gonna Scream

    They are everywhere, the full page ads with smiling people proud of how much money they saved and how they qualified for all those government grants. But what did they really save? Perhaps a bit of energy, but how much?

    I thoroughly enjoyed reading David Owen’s book Green Metropolis on the weekend, where he concludes that everything we are doing to go green is pretty much a drop in the bucket

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    7 Favorite Green Sunscreens for Summer

    Are organic sunscreens comparable in quality to their non-organic equivalents?

    Does an organic sunscreen work? Don’t I want the highest SPF possible? Will I burn more easily if I use a green sunscreen? Sometimes it seems like organic sunscreen is just one giant enigma surrounded by a sea of chemical rumors. But the truth is out there. Yes, sunscreens containing organic ingredients are as effective as others. You will not burn more easily with a green

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