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22 Nov 11 Constructing a Zero Energy Carbon Neutral Building

The EarthCo Megablock process was used to construct a Zero Energy Carbon Neutral (ZEB) building which serves as an Environmental Education Center for Girl Scout Camp Rio Blanco in Crosbyton Texas. This building was the dream of Girl Scout Sarah Jo Lambert ( and was her gold award project. It features a passive air induction system that moderates air temperature by precooling air in summer and warms air in winter. A solar powered attic fan helps ventilate the building for excellent indoor air quality. The 18″ thick EarthCo Megablock walls help to moderate air temps to the point that no mechanical air conditioner or heater is required to keep the building comfortable. This allows a small renewable energy source to supply all the power required by the computer, projector, and TV for teaching environmental education to the kids of West Texas. It has a solar powered radiant floor heating system, reused roofing shingles, natural clay interior finish, earthen floor with recycled tire cover, rainwater collection system which waters plants and animals and improves the local habitat. Tripled paned low E windows and doors with soy based foam insulation on the ceilings. This was an all voluteer project and it was EarthCo’s honor to participate.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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20 Nov 11 Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan – Ashden Award winner

This video can be downloaded here: Aga Khan Planning and Building Service, Pakistan won an Ashden Award for Sustainable Energy in 2011. To find out more visit the link above, and follow us on: Facebook Twitter Blog: In North Pakistan, winters in the mountains are harsh and natural disasters are part of life. Wide-scale forest destruction causes damage from flooding and disrupts the country’s water supply because the region acts as a watershed. Over 14 years ago, the Aga Khan Planning and Building Service (AKPBS) began a concerted drive to make homes in North Pakistan warmer, and reduce the use of wood. Based on the Aga Khan’s belief that: “A proper home can bridge that terrible gap between poverty and a better future” the programme is doing just that for over 240000 people. Today over 100 ‘resource people’ work in their own villages promoting energy efficient products. A US package could include floor insulation, an efficient cook stove with a chimney to let smoke out, a water heater, and a roof hatch window that cuts out draughts and lets in light, also fresh air when needed. AKPBS trains local people as artisans and entrepreneurs and has created over 360 new jobs. Over 50000 products have been sold through word of mouth, tours and demonstration homes. Homes are warmer and families save money on fuel-wood and, by ridding their homes of smoke, they avoid respiratory problems too. And local trees and the
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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15 Oct 11 Tour of a Platinum-rated LEED Sustainable Building: The Morris Arboretum

Get behind the scenes of a LEED-certified Platinum building in Philadelphia. Platinum is the highest rating for sustainability; LEED is an internationally recognized green building certification system. Discover the amazing features of what it takes to get the much-sought, but extremely difficult Platinum rating, an honor bestowed to only a few buildings in the country. Geothermal wells heat and cool the building using pipes running 400 feet into the earth; green roofs grow a variety a plants on the roof; and all storm water is collected and used on-site. Specific design features that earned the building Platinum LEED certification include: A ground-source heat pump for heating and air conditioning that uses about one-fourth the energy of a typical HVAC system – Photovoltaic panels for energy generation – Super insulation to eliminate infiltration of outside air – Maximized fresh air ventilation inside – Solar hot water heaters – Storm water collection for use in flushing toilets and irrigation – Skylights, photocell sensors and roof monitors to minimize energy use – Rain gardens and other collection systems to mitigate storm water run-off – Green roofs to capture and absorb rain and to help reduce the ambient temperature during the summer The Center’s everyday purpose is to provide workspace for the Arboretum staff. It houses offices, conference rooms, a kitchen and break room, locker rooms, a mechanic and arborists’ shop as well as storage for equipment. The space also

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06 Oct 11 Building Automation on the iPhone

You can control and monitor your building’s HVAC and lighting system with an iPhone.
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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30 Sep 11 Custom Building Ductwork by Jerry Kelly HVAC At Jerry Kelly Heating and Air Conditioning we custom build every necessary piece of ductwork for your home in our shop. This gives us tighter control of the final duct so that it is exactly what is needed for your home; you will not have to worry about gaps in your ductwork. Jerry Kelly HVAC services the North West part of St Louis and St. Charles Missouri area.
Video Rating: 5 / 5

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23 Sep 11 Energy-efficient technology for the entire building

HVAC systems and products from Siemens can effectively reduce your operating costs thanks to their extremely efficient use of energy. This means you can achieve up to 30% savings*, while still maintaining a comfortable room climate.

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12 Sep 11 Building green in Abu Dhabi’s desert

Al Jazeera has been granted exlusive access to what is hoped to be the world’s greenest city. Springing up in the desert of Abu Dhabi, the plan is for Masdar City to provide carbon-free homes for 50000 people. Architects have been studying ancient Arab cities to discover how they survived without air conditioning, and are using the same methods to funnel air down to street level from a tall wind tower. Dan Nolan reports from Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates.

The fourth generation Discovery 4 was launched in 2009, and went on sale in the United Kingdom on 1 September. Compared with the 2.7 litre TDV6 engine, which continues to be offered on the Discovery 4, the new TDV6 3.0 litre twin turbo diesel engine delivers a 9% fuel economy improvement (EU combined cycle) and 10% lower CO2 emissions, at the same time as increasing power by 28% to 241 bhp (180 kW); torque increases 36% to 600 N·m (440 lb·ft). The results include a 060 mph time of 9.0 seconds, (0100 km/h in 9.6 seconds), a 24% improvement over the 2.7 litre model. The new engine has been optimised for low-end torque as well as economy, making it possible to activate the lock-up clutch of the ZF HP-28 automatic transmission at lower speed. This reduces ‘slip’ in the hydraulic torque converter improving both fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The higher torque at lower engine speeds also enables longer gearing for more economical cruising. Land Rover’s engineers have also transformed the on-road ride, handling and off-road capabilities. The changes include new suspension components, revised steering, larger brakes, improved traction control, and enhancements to the Terrain Response system, which helps optimise the vehicle for different on-road or off-road driving situations. The exterior design of the Land Rover Discovery 4 has been updated, most obviously with smoother and simpler surfaces at the front, including a new, more aerodynamic bumper. Aerodynamic changes to the
Video Rating: 4 / 5

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19 Jul 11 Building an Horno (Clay Oven) – Adding Insulation Layers

Part 6 in a series of instructional videos from the online course called “Horno Design and Construction” deals with adding insulation layers made up of clay, sand and straw to a traditional New Mexican horno/clay oven.

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09 Jul 11 Workers Hanging from Building

Scaffolding broke for three workers hanging a sign, leaving them hanging from the M&I building in downtown Indianapolis.

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08 Jul 11 cob eco building village – cobville tour 1 of 2 Visting the all cob ecovillage “cobville” in coquille, oregon. Including the tour guide Ianto Evans, author of “The Hand Sculpted House” – home of the “cob cottage company”. I have never seen so much cob before. Cob homes. Cob ovens. Standalone cob walls. Rocket mass heaters made from cob. Cob benches for sitting and cob workbenches. Cob art. Cob floors. Cob beds. This part of the tour shows off about eight cob homes and the second part shows about four more. One eco building has a cob rumford fireplace that is clear to see. Another has a cob rumford fireplace – but the video does not show it clearly. The video whizzes by a cob oven at one point. Lots of green roofs. There is a good example of a heat trap. Permaculture courses are taught here.

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