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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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Tiny Homes into the International Residential Code

Tiny Homes into the International Residential Code

The mainstreaming of affordable and energy-efficient small and tiny homes into our cultural consciousness has picked up tremendous momentum in the last few years, leading many to characterize it as a movement in its own right. Even though tiny homes won’t be a fit for everyone, they could potentially help address critical issues like over-consumption and debt, while growing alternative and more sustainable building practices on a larger scale and making housing more affordable.

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Northeast Georgia Earthship on airbnb

Northeast Georgia Earthship on airbnb

Experience sustainable living! Bathe in rainwater and see shooting stars from your pillow at night in our earthship home. A short 30 min to Athens nightlife, 20 min from beautiful Lake Hartwell or 2 miles from canoeing on the Broad River. You’ll love it here because of the natural outdoor space and the large open living space. It is a great place for couples, solo adventurers and business travelers. The perfect place to reconnect or disconnect.

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Nova Scotia poised to be sustainability hub.

There has been talk recently about the need to create more startup hubs in Atlantic Canada. Halifax-based entrepreneur Megan McCarthy thinks Nova Scotia is well-placed to become a hub for sustainable technology and renewable energy. McCarthy is CEO of powerWHYS, a company that provides an app showing those who own or work on renovated buildings how to conserve energy on a particular property. McCarthy said Nova Scotia already has a developing ecosystem and many initiatives around sustainability, including government-led projects like Efficiency NS, which helps Nova Scotians save on energy costs.

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Riverfront property bordering National forest with Earthship (Jemez Mountains)

Riverfront property bordering National forest with Earthship (Jemez Mountains)

Jemez Springs Area, New Mexico — Green Home For Sale. Riverfront mountain property with unfinished Passive Solar Earthship, attached to large Greenhouse/Atrium Dome. Borders National Forest on two sides. 15 Fruit trees, year-round stream. One hour from Santa Fe/ABQ. Price reduced by $130K to $249,000 FALL 2016 UPDATE – last chance, property off the market soon! interested? contact the owner via greenhomesforsale.com Rare waterfront mountain property with a creek!

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Sustainable Building Construction Standards

Sustainable Building Construction Standards

Earthship 360 is an educational and research organization providing sustainable buildings for residential, commercial and government use. Home Builders, General Contractor. Doylestown and Bucks County, PA. New Standards Beyond Buildings. Shifting notions of sustainability have firms and their clients struggling to keep up. The market for sustainable design and construction continues to grow apace with the healthy overall market. And now, new standards are beginning to appear to cover markets beyond buildings, broadening the scope of environmental construction. However, shifting notions of what it means to be green have many in the industry, and their clients, struggling to keep up.

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Ideas for low cost homes

Ideas for low cost homes

Low-cost homes are an idea that has come into focus more in this decade than ever in modern history. Finally, people are starting to realize that there is no earthly reason why a house should have to cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. A home can be quite inexpensive and still be beautiful, and meet the needs of the family it shelters. Building low-cost homes has always been fairly easy. As with any project, an ounce of creativity can save more than its weight in cash. Thinking outside the box is the key. The only problem is that in most…

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Earthship Presentation: King of Prussia, PA

Earthship Presentation: King of Prussia, PA

Earthship Presentation 6pm-8pm, October 5, 2016 at Michael’s Deli in King of Prussia, PA Sponsored by American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). Earthship360, an educational and research organization based in the Philadelphia area, designs and builds sustainable custom structures for residential, commercial and government use. The 6pm October 5 presentation at Michael’s Deli is $30 per person, $25 for students payable at the door. All funds raised goes to the American Society of Civil Engineers, Philadelphia Chapter. Michael’s Deli, located at 130 Town Center Road, King of Prussia, PA 19406. Contact Jonah Reynolds for additional information at jonah@earthship360.com.

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Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability

Biophilic Cities Lead the Way to Urban Sustainability

“We need density but we also need connections to nature,” said University of Virginia professor Timothy Beatley, at an event at the University of the District of Columbia (UDC) to celebrate D.C.’s successful inclusion in the Biophilic Cities Network, a group of leading cities pushing for rich, nature-filled experiences in daily urban life. Beatley launched the network only a few years ago, but it already seems to have taken off. Building on the impact of his important books, Green Urbanism, Biophilic Cities, and Blue Urbanism, the network is designed to improve knowledge-sharing among cities who seek to merge the built and natural environments. Leading environmental cities —…

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Simple Ideas for DIY Window Farming

Simple Ideas for DIY Window Farming

If you have a green thumb, a window and a serious Do-It-Yourself ethic, you too, can be a farmer … even in your downtown apartment building. Spring is here, and for urban dwellers with no access to soil, hydroponic gardening is a way to grow fresh veggies indoors.

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