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Florida Earthship Volunteer Days

Florida Earthship Volunteer Days

Volunteer and help prepare for the build sessions starting April 24. Volunteer days are the first 3 weekends of April. RSVP below. Included is a tour and a demonstration on aquaponics with free lunch.  😉

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Start your car with 8 AAA batteries instead of one 12V car battery

Start your car with 8 AAA batteries instead of one 12V car battery

no, you cant actually start a car with 8 AAA batteries. Eight AAA batteries do add up to 12 volts, but they still can’t provide enough electrical current to run the starter motor. But that’s not the whole story. Any battery has a limit on the maximum current it can produce. To explain why, we have a model to represent a real battery.

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Trump overturns Mortgage fee cut for first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers

Trump overturns Mortgage fee cut for first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers

Trump Reverses Obama’s Mortgage Fee Cuts on First Day.  Soon after Donald Trump was sworn in as president, his administration undid one of Barack Obama’s last-minute economic-policy actions: a mortgage-fee cut under a government program that’s popular with first-time home buyers and low-income borrowers. Obama sought to reduce fees by a quarter percentage point Loan program is popular among first-time home buyers The new administration on Friday said it’s canceling a reduction in the Federal Housing Administration’s annual fee for most borrowers. The cut would have reduced the annual premium for someone borrowing $200,000 by $500 in the first year.

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Consider this when doing a Sustainable Retrofit

Consider this when doing a Sustainable Retrofit

Sitting at home in the summer heat, your mind may start to wander to that fancy new air conditioner. But when it comes to making your house comfortable and sustainable, prevention is better than cure. By prevention we mean simple retrofits that will set you on the path to comfort and sustainability. As we spend more than ever on maintaining and improving our homes, we’re also becoming more aware of how their design and use impact on our health and society. Add to this climate change and rising energy costs. 

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Drive the Construction Industry to be Green.

Drive the Construction Industry to be Green.

Its up to building owners. The business benefits of healthier buildings are driving increased attention across the design and construction industry to factors impacting physical, social and mental health and well-being. NEW YORK –Building owners, developers, managers and investors in the U.S. are increasingly interested in creating healthier buildings, a new SmartMarket Report by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with Delos, reveals.

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Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Methods

Carbon Dioxide Enrichment Methods

CARBON DIOXIDE (CO2) Carbon dioxide is an odorless gas and a minor constituent of the air we breathe. It comprises only .03 % (300 parts per million, or PPM) of the atmosphere but is vitally important to all life on this planet! Plants are made up of about 80-90 % carbon and water with other elements like nitrogen, calcium, magnesium, potassium, phosphorous and trace elements making up only a small percentage. Almost all of the carbon in plants comes from this minor 300 PPM of carbon dioxide in the air. Plants take in CO through pores, called stomata, in their…

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Solar Power on Roseville civic campus?

Solar Power on Roseville civic campus?

It may be a way to save money on energy, but much remains unknown about the pros and cons of such a project. Roseville is thinking of turning City Hall into a power plant — and perhaps saving close to a million dollars in energy costs. But the issue now is caught up in a wider set of questions involving a potential facilities overhaul that could cost anywhere from $6 million to $14.5 million, at a time when Roseville schools are promoting a major facilities referendum of their own. The city is weighing a proposal to generate 450 kilowatts from…

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From Trash to Homes – Building Earthships Outside of Bogota

From Trash to Homes – Building Earthships Outside of Bogota

My buddy Jeff and I recently spent a week volunteering with an organization called Los Tecnicos that is building a number of small, sustainable, off-the-grid houses about an hour outside of Bogota in a town called Choachi. These homes are constructed with predominately with salvaged and reused materials: tires with dirt pounded inside for the walls, plastic bottles packed with plastic wrappers and other assorted garbage to make bricks, as well as other salvaged goods.

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To your Health, from sustainable buildings

To your Health, from sustainable buildings

The benefits of living and working in green buildings run further than feeling good about their low environmental impacts. Many features encouraged by rating systems such as LEED, which promotes daylighting, access to views, and natural, non-toxic building materials, have proven to have a definite positive effect on health and well-being. Proximity to Nature and Life Expectancy Even if there is nothing “green” or sustainable about your home’s construction, you can get a significant health boost just by being close to a park or green space. Japanese researchers found that living in a highly forested region can provide a protective…

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What does Sustainability really mean?

What does Sustainability really mean?

Sustainability is not a dirty word; being in business in 100 years’ time is what being sustainable really means. Nowadays it is good PR to run a sustainable business. Nevertheless, sustainability is much more than the continued pursuance of a green agenda. Rather, it is the ability of a business to thrive continuously in a fast-changing, competitive environment. David Lewis, managing director at the energy management company Matrix, an E.ON business, says: “Sustainability is about operating a good business. That means it targets reduction in operating costs that have benefits to the bottom line. Those reductions should benefit and enhance…

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