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Green House Webquest

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Green House Webquest

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

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