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District energy systems have been around in this country for over a century, quietly providing heating to city centers, universities, and hospitals across the US. Today this once sleepy energy technology is enjoying a renaissance as rising energy costs and climate change highlight the need for efficient, low-carbon, energy systems. Already well established in Northern […]

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Green designers and builders refer to Cradle-to-Gate, Cradle-to-Site, or Cradle-to Grave. What do the terms have in common? There are all related to building embodied energy and life cycle assessment. The premise is simple. Buildings require energy long before they are actually built because it takes energy to extract, manufacture, transport, use, and dispose of […]

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Remember when you played connect-the-dots as a child? On a page was a set of numbered dots that formed a picture when the lines were correctly drawn between them. As interest in environmental sustainability, and all of its associated issues, grows, it becomes increasingly important to connect the landscaping dots. The many dots are labeled […]

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Baby boomers have forced people to think differently about aging. They are learning new technologies, exercising to stay healthy, and working longer. It seems that age is relative to how well the existing structure (body) is maintained and upgraded as new information is introduced. There are certainly some similarities to aging, existing buildings, isn’t there? […]

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