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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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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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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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Surface Color & Solar Gain: White is the Greenest Color

Surface Color & Solar Gain: White is the Greenest Color

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that for low-rise commercial buildings, the heat gain through the roof is about 50 percent of the heat gain for the entire building. This heat gain can be reduced not only by using more insulation but also by reflecting the sun’s radiation. The American Society of Heating, Refrigeration, and Air-conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) states that the heat gain through a white roof is half of that of a black roof, and the heat gain through a white wall is two-thirds that of a black wall. Thus, in hot cli- mates, the walls should have…

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A completely sustainable home

A completely sustainable home

This vision was the beginning of what is now known as the Earthship – a remarkable feat of sustainable living. The environmental, economical, and ethical reasons for living in an Earthship – or any self-supporting home for that matter – are abundant. Whether you are breaking ground on a new home or would like to incorporate these concepts into your existing dwelling, read on for a breakdown on the principles of the self-sustaining home.

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