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jennifer young

Practicing Construction Waste Management

Posted by on 11/21/11 at 11:11am

We hired Greenstone Industries of San Antonio to manage the construction waste on one of our residential projects that received LEED Platinum certification last year. By doing so, we diverted 88% of construction waste from the landfill. The other amazing part is that this service cost a third less than a typical dumpster service which would have delivered 100% to the landfill. Greenstone built these recycle bins from old pallets to separate the different kinds of waste. Click to Read More

jennifer young

Rainwater Harvesting 101

Posted by on 11/18/11 at 02:00am

Wondering how to integrate rainwater harvesting into a current or future project? Follow this link for a few tips from the folks at Lake Flato… RainwaterHarvesting101.pdf …stay tuned for a calculator that will help you figure all this out, as well as lessons learned on a residential system that uses rainwater for 100% of its potable water needs! Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

That’s why it’s important to start the energy model early. We have developed a process for creating an early-stage energy model using very basic, conceptual information about a design. We call it an “energy snapshot.” The project manager fills out this spreadsheet about their project and sends it to me: Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Greenbuild 2012 Highlights

Posted by on 10/17/11 at 01:30am

Tenna, and I traveled to Toronto earlier this month for Greenbuild 2012. Here are some highlights from our trip: Click to Read More

Heather Gayle Holdridge

Carbon-Negative Concrete

Posted by on 9/15/11 at 05:30am

Typical cement is responsible for approximately 5% of man-made carbon dioxide; the emissions are caused by the processing of limestone and raw materials and the burning of fossil fuels. Novacem‘s carbon-negative cement replaces calcium carbonates used in typical cement formulation with magnesium silicates and uses a lower-temperature production process that runs on biomass fuels. Click to Read More