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Amazing Sustainable Buildings

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As green building—construction with sustainability and the environment in mind—continues to gain traction in mainstream architecture, we are learning more about the positive effects its leaving on the environment. Green building hinges upon utilizing non-traditional construction materials, such as solar panels and rock slabs, to maximize heating and cooling efficiency. Buildings which surpass the highest threshold of efficiency are deemed LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Building 110 at the Center for Disease Control Center for Laboratory Science achieved LEED Gold status for its use of bamboo, recyclable materials and water conservation systems. And like California's Z6 House, the CDC building utilizes the process of solar harvesting—or reigning in energy from the sun's intense rays to generate electricity. Even something as small as swapping out traditional home appliances for energy-efficient ones, like those featured in the Solar Umbrella House, allow users to generate up to twice the amount of electricity even in larger structures.

Aside from the cost of materials—currently on the decline—there doesn't seem to be much of a downside to constructing sustainable buildings from environmentally-friendly materials. Here are just a few well-known (and pretty cool) buildings that defied old building practices to create something unique.

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A video tour through five case studies of sustainability at Harvard, including: * Student Peer-to-Peer Programs Educate and Inspire * Innovative Solutions that Serve as Models for Other * Greener, Healthier, More Efficient Buildings * Rethinking Campus Operations * Building a Culture of Sustainability
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The Start.Home's design makes it passively energy friendly. An open floor plan and clerestory windows keep it naturally cool on hot days, and eco-responsible materials lower the home's embodied energy. An enterprising team of Stanford students has designed a low-cost, solar-powered home that could lead the home-building industry to a more sustainable future and guide homeowners toward greener behavior. For more information: http://news.stanford.edu/features/2014/starthome/
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Watch more How to Help Save the Environment videos: http://www.howcast.com/videos/350882-How-to-Save-Paper LEED is an acronym for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. If you're a building professional, get your project or community LEED-certified. Step 1: Visit the USGBC website Visit the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) site. USGBC is an organization promoting standards for cost-efficient and energy-saving green buildings. Tip Attend a USGBC state chapter meeting. Some chapters may offer help to LEED candidates. Step 2: Learn about LEED Learn about LEED, a world recognized green building certification system by USGBC. It provides third party verification of building design standards Step 3: Go to the GBCI website Go to the Green Building Certification Institute (GBCI) website if you're a professional preparing for an LEED certification exam. Tip GBCI administers the certification process for all green commercial or institutional projects. Step 4: Learn about types of LEED exams Learn about the different types of LEED exams including the LEED Green Associate exam, the Home Green Rater exam, and various LEED AP exams. Choose which one suits your needs. Step 5: Read GBCI's Certification Guide Read GBCI's Certification Guide. Learn how to prepare and submit your LEED certification application. Also learn about the application review process. Step 6: Enroll in a GBCI online LEED workshop Enroll in one of GBCI's instructor-led online LEED workshops. The workshops teach applicants how to successfully implement LEED into their projects. Step 7: Apply for the exam Apply at GBCI's website and read exam eligibility requirements. Enter credit card info to pay the application fee, then await your exam application approval notification. Step 8: Receive a passing score Receive a passing score of 170 or higher and you'll be authorized for the LEED credential title. Certificates arrive about 2-3 months after your test date. Did You Know? Known for his green lifestyle, actor Ed Begley Jr. uses an electricity-generating stationary bicycle to toast bread for his breakfast.
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Check out the amazing polar umbrella skyscraper. A US based architect has proposed a novel approach to regenerating the polar ice caps. He took home first prize in the Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine. His concept named the 'polar umbrella skyscraper' is designed to replenish and protect ice caps. Over the years, increasing temperatures have caused sea ice in the north and south poles to melt and break. By utilizing energy from salt water recycled through a power facility housed inside, the purpose of the structure would be to regenerate those ice caps. Equipped chambers would freeze the ocean waters. And that in turn would supposedly reduce the impact of global warming. As the name implies, the building is shaped like an umbrella and it is described as a floating metropolis. The seemingly unusual canopy serves to lessen the direct impact from the sun's ultra violet rays. Instead, the rays are absorbed for the use of thermal energy. The skyscraper would be equipped with National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study laboratories, renewable power stations, ecological habitats for wildlife along with dormitory-styled sleeping quarters. What do you think of the polar umbrella skyscraper?
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New York Mosque will be LEED certified, low cost home solarization on the way, and Prince Charles rides the sustainability express. Want More Planet 100, Click Here: http://bit.ly/cUBr6G
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Location Unknown / Unclear. CU. Model of a bungalow. Various shots as inventor and son start to take the model bungalow apart to show how bungalow is designed to be solar heated from walls, floor and roof. CU. Chart showing how sun's rays heat the bungalow. (Mute. Orig. Neg.) Date found in the old record - 25/05/1960. 90,000 historic films, all SEARCHABLE on YouTube at: http://www.youtube.com/britishpathe Join us on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/britishpathe Tweet us @britishpathe FILM ID:2780.15
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Though the Muslim community center planned for New York City has created controversy because of its proximity to Ground Zero, the original goal of the LEED certified building is to express the deep connections between Islam and environmentalism. It's only one of the top 5 green houses of worship in today's countdown. http://planetgreen.discovery.com/feature/planet-100/
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"Green" architecture is a kind of "soup du jour" at many firms, but the push to create sustainable buildings is an important movement.
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With an estimated 70 percent of the world's population predicted to live in cities by 2050, sustainable cities are key.This video by the World Business Council for Sustainable Development's Urban Infrastructure Initiative (UII) highlights creative ways that business and cities can work together for a sustainable future.