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    • 1. Science Exploratory Spring 2008 Research Webquest GreenHouse – How to make a low-carbon footprint home
    • 2. Why greener?
      • Cost-saving benefits
      • Better for personal environment
      • Sustainable for future
      • Improves resale value of home
      • Implementation can be gradual
      • http://www.dmhabitatrestore.org/
    • 3. Construction materials
      • Recycled metals
      • Reclaimed lumber
      • Concrete – more than
      • foundations
      • Waterproofing
      • Recycled insulation
      • Build within land type
      • & not against it
    • 4. Construction materials websites:
      • http://www.reclaimed-lumber.com/index.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Parks_Recreation/parks_lumber/parks_index_lumber.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_adhesives/build_adhesives_titebond.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_decking/build_decking_evergrain.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_decking/build_decking_ipe.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_decking/build_decking_ipe.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_decking/build_decking_ipe.htm
      • http://www.cement.org/homes/ch_buildsys.asp
      • http://www.aquasealusa.com/waterproofing-products.htm
    • 5. HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning)
      • Hot water heaters: gas or electric?
      • Hot water heat: timed or reserve?
      • Furnaces, A/C, heat-pumps
      • A/C w/o HCFC
      • Heated floors
    • 6. HVAC (heating, ventilating, and air conditioning) websites
      • http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Water_heating
      • http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Heat_pump
      • http://www.eia.doe.gov/kids/energyfacts/sources/renewable/geothermal.html
      • http://www.toolbase.org/Technology-Inventory/HVAC/high-efficiency-air-conditioners
      • http://www.powerhousetv.com/stellent2/groups/public/documents/pub/phtv_se_he_bu_000589.hcsp
      • http://www.powerhousetv.com/stellent2/groups/public/documents/pub/phtv_se_he_bu_000593.hcsp
      • http:// en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Underfloor_heating
    • 7. Wiring
      • Recycled metals
      • New alloys
      • Minimize amount necessary
      • Think to future tech advances
      • Avoid going up walls;
      • instead flow down to
      • lowest level
      • Wireless power?
    • 8. Wiring websites
      • http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/03/ultratouch_recy.php
      • http://www.bldgdesign2020.com/news/down_to_the_wire.html
      • http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/story/0,20867,21871209-2703,00.html
      • http://web.mit.edu/newsoffice/2007/wireless-0607.html
    • 9. Plumbing
      • Metal or non-metal?
      • Grey water redistribution:
      • sink to stool to septic
      • Unify locations vertically
      • Appliances: minimize water
      • usage; plan for this in plumbing
    • 10. Plumbing websites
      • http://www.innerlineplumbing.com/services/usgbc-leed/
      • http://www.buildinggreen.com/menus/headings.cfm?SubtopicID=24
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domestic_water_system
      • http://www.waterwall.com.au/
    • 11. Walls and coverings
      • Movable wall systems
      • Design for ventilation
      • & heat distribution
      • Mold prevention
      • Paint or paper?
      • Wall insulators:
      • hidden treasures
      • of the past
    • 12. Walls and coverings websites
      • http://www.kwik-wall.com/products/glass/default.asp
      • http://www.milkpaint.com/path_walls.html
      • http://www.sierraclub.org/sierra/200503/hiddenlife.asp
      • http://www.limepaint.com/home.htm
      • http://www.sprig.com/home/flow-wallpaper/
      • http://www.sprig.com/tags/wallpaper/
      • http://www.sherwin-williams.com/do_it_yourself/wallpaper/new_products
      • http://www.amicusgreen.com/v1/products.htm
    • 13. Septic and sewer
      • Grey-water re-distribution
      • Laterals and sewer lines
      • Size matters: pipes and waste
      • Passive water systems:
      • cisterns
      • Composting
      • Waste treatment at home
    • 14. Septic and sewer websites
      • http://www.oasisdesign.net/design/consult/specialties.htm
      • http://www.econova.com.au/detail.php?ID=2
      • http://www.compostingtoilet.org/
      • http://www.waterless.com/
      • http://www.ecofriend.org/entry/gray-water-recyclng-a-nice-way-to-conserve-water/
    • 15. Insulation
      • Recycled: good for people & environment
      • Reused: shred
      • Know your R’s
      • Let it breathe
      • Too tight?
      • Look to the past:
      • use local ecosystem
      • as sample insulation
      • techniques
    • 16. Insulation websites:
      • RECYCLED:
      • http://www.hopeiowa.org/hope_bargain/index.html#Anchor-Recycling-37516
      • http://www.aip.org/dbis/stories/2006/15161.html
      • http://www.nuwool.com/
      • http://www.treehugger.com/files/2005/03/ultratouch_recy.php
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_insulation/build_cotton_insulation.htm
    • 17. Roofing
      • Asphalt Shingles
      • Solar Shingles
      • Metal roofs
      • Roof vents
      • Traditional methods
      • Hot and cold: finding
      • a happy medium
    • 18. Roofing websites
      • ASPHALT:
      • http://www.bobvila.com/HowTo_Library/Asphalt_Shingles-Asphalt_Shingles-A1464.html
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_decking/build_decking_ipe.htm
      • SOLAR:
      • http:// www.oksolar.com /roof
      • http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solar_shingles
      • http://www-personal.umich.edu/~bgoodsel/solar/blog.htm
      • http://www.hgtvpro.com/hpro/bp_mechanical/article/0,2617,HPRO_20151_4243877,00.html
      • h ttp://www.treehugger.com/files/2007/06/sunslates_solar.php
      • http://www.treehugger.com/design_architecture/
      • METAL:
        • http://www.newenglandmetalroof.com/
        • http://www.hometips.com/cs-protected/guides/metal_roofs/metalroof_benefits.html
        • http://www.coolmetalroofing.com/content/about/
    • 19. Windows and doors
      • Know your gasses
      • Insulation is a must
      • Recycled: metal and wood
      • Vinyl and the seasons
      • Styles: folding, sliding, and pocket
      • Windows to the inside: resurgence of the pass-through
      • Use your assets and look to the stars
    • 20. Windows and doors websites
      • http://www.hgtvpro.com/hpro/pac_ctnt/text/0,,HPRO_20196_33653,00.htm
      • http://www.greenconcepts.com/producttips/buildingcomponents/window.html
      • http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=windows_doors.pr_anat_window
      • http://www.taunton.com/finehomebuilding/how-to/articles/understanding-energy-efficient-windows.aspx
      • http://www.bpa.gov/energy/n/energy_Tips/weatherization/stormwindows.cfm
    • 21. Flooring
      • Recycled: glass, bamboo,
      • cork, carpet, laminate
      • Reused: lumber, bamboo,
      • tile
      • Are you jelling? –
      • cushioning and
      • underlayment
      • Sealants
    • 22. Flooring websites
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_flooring/ecotimber/wood/build_flooring_ecotimber_wood.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_flooring/ecotimber/bamboo/build_flooring_ecotimber_bamboo.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_flooring/cork/build_cork_index_cork.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_flooring/linoleum/build_linoleum.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_flooring/build_flooring_pet.htm
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/build_flooring/build_flooring_wool.htm
      • http://www.simplefloors.com/products/Laminate-Flooring/category3.aspx?gclid=CMXg3vHkuZECFQQjPAodJ3AhCg
      • http://jonapanels.wordpress.com/
      • http://www.eco-buildingproducts.com/product/ecosurfaces/ecosurfaces_ecosilence_floor_underlayment_4mm_thickness
      • http://www.ecoproducts.com/Building/index_build_finishes/build_finishes_os_hardwax.htm
      • http://www.environmentalhomecenter.com/productlist.shtml
      • http://www.amicusgreen.com/v1/products.htm
    • 23. Countertops, sinks, lavatories
      • Recycled glass composites
      • Multi-composites: looks like the real deal
    • 24. Countertops, sinks, lavatories websites
      • http://www.concretenetwork.com/concrete/countertops/
      • http://www.greenhomeguide.com/index.php/product_detail/411/C158
      • http://www.greenhomeguide.com/index.php/product_detail/287/C158
      • http://www.greenhomeguide.com/index.php/product_detail/704/C158
      • http://www.theswancorp.com/
    • 25. Durable goods (big-ticket items)
      • Energy-efficiency:
        • Front-load washers
        • Dryers that use latent heat for hang dry items
        • Side-by-side vs. top stack refrigerators
        • Convection microwaves
        • Toaster ovens – keep it simple
        • LCD v. plasma
        • Chest freezers
    • 26. Durable goods (big-ticket items) websites
      • http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=clotheswash.pr_clothes_washers
      • http://www.hgtvpro.com/hpro/np_supplyhouse/article/0,2623,HPRO_22396_4762438,00.html
      • http://www.sunfrost.com/refrigerators_main.html
      • http://www.getwithgreen.com/2007/10/13/eco-friendly-tv-which-37-lcd-televisions-are-the-most-efficient/
      • http://www.prnewswire.co.uk/cgi/news/release?id=13183
    • 27. Lighting
      • Efficient bulbs
      • LED accent lighting
      • Multi-use ceiling fixtures
      • Natural light and window placement
      • Soak up the sun: outdoor solar lighting
      • Solving seasonal issues
    • 28. Lighting websites
      • http://www.eco-lights.com/facts.html
      • http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?c=cfls.pr_cfls
      • http://www.ccrane.com/lights/led-light-bulbs/index.aspx
      • http://www.siliconsolar.com/solar-landscape-lighting.php
      • http://www.solarhome.org/solarlighting.html
      • http://www.mayoclinic.com/health/seasonal-affective-disorder/MH00023
    • 29. Furniture
      • Formaldehyde finishes – watch it
      • Recycled and reused items
      • Multi-purpose items: bookcase desk, storage ottoman & table, daybed couch, stair chairs
      • Less is best; keep it simple
      • Get the good stuff: fiberboard & landfills
      • Personalize with color, fabric, finish & theme
    • 30. Furniture websites
      • http://www.greenhomeguide.com/index.php/product/C124
      • http://www.grist.org/biz/tp/2006/03/02/makower/
      • http://www.ecobusinesslinks.com/recycled_green_furniture_manufacturers.htm
      • http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/ah_moneysaving_recycle/article/0,,HGTV_3131_1384865,00.html
      • http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/dc_furniture_other/article/0,,HGTV_3445_3547325,00.html
      • http://www.nextag.com/convertible-chair/search-html
    • 31. Landscaping
      • Build to your ecosystem
        • Choose native species for plantings
        • Terrace for water and energy conservation
        • Use passive water collection for watering; homemade irrigation system using rainwater & eaves
        • Use ground as a building material
        • Build to the sun: design home to take full advantage of this
        • HouseZen: use all four elements in landscaping: water, rock, fire, wind
        • Build with habitat in mind: be a good neighbor
        • Trees: Mother Nature’s A/C; going native (species)
    • 32.
      • http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/treeptg.html
      • http://www.iowadnr.com/forestry/pdf/nativetrees1.pdf
      • http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/IAN303.pdf
      • http://www.cascadeforestry.com/information/article_detail.php?article_id=20
      • http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/gl_design_other/article/0,,HGTV_3566_1370513,00.html
      • http://www.nrcs.usda.gov/feature/backyard/terrac.html
      • http://www.lid-stormwater.net/raincist_specs.htm
      Landscaping websites
    • 33. Supplemental power
      • Use the terms below and complete your own search using Google, Yahoo, or dogpile
      • Solar: roof panels, wall panels, external panels
      • Wind: local turbines / rooftop turbines
      • Geo-thermal heating & cooling
      • Burn baby burn: wood, pellet,
      • and corn burning stoves
      • Bio-mass suppliers
      • Steam Turbine
      • Water Turbine
      • Buying & Selling back to the grid