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Building Basics

  • What Does “Cradle-to-Cradle” Mean? - A short article explaining what the phrase "Cradle-to-Cradle" entails and how to get C2C-certified.
  • A Green Lease Overview - As companies are increasingly looking for ways to support the environment, a Green Lease is an effective starting point. Learn about specific actions Landlords are taking to be more eco-conscious.
  • Is Green Building a Good Investment? - This Business Week article from May 18, 2009 provides an excellent overview of the benefits of greening a building, along with some of the challenges.
  • Overview of Transformers - An overview of building transformers, including a quick recommendation on what to look for and how to utilize lifecycle purchasing methods when evaluating a purchase decision.
  • Lower Your Trash Disposal Costs - This article provides an overview of ideas for how to limit what goes into your garbage, reducing your hauling charges.
  • Energy Star Labeled Buildings - A quick overview of eligible of this government program.
  • Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) - The quality of the air in buildings is gaining - deservedly - increasing attention. Science has shown the impact that poor air has on health. IAQ effects the health of the building, and of course the health of the occupants.
  • Green Roofs - Alternatives to a traditional roof, a green roof provides a more temperature stable environment. This enables lower energy costs as the roof is kept warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
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  • Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) - LEED is a green building rating system which is used for designing, constructing, operating and certifying buildings that have a low impact on the environment, promote good health of its occupants and are profitable.