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Building Green in 2016

Eco-Friendly Construction Practices for the Coming Year Whether you are a professional builder or planning a personal construction project this year, consider building green. High-performance, sustainable building is not as difficult— or as expensive— as many people believe. There are dozens of ways to reduce the environmental footprint of a construction project. Focusing on wise choices in the following two areas will reap great environmental— and financial rewards. Plus, you have the added satisfaction of knowing you are doing your… Read More

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What Is ENERGY STAR®?

How the ENERGY STAR® Label Saves You Money The ENERGY STAR® Program leads American consumers and businesses to verifiable energy-efficient products. The ENERGY STAR® label alerts buyers about products which reduce utility bills— and greenhouse emissions. Cleaner air and cheaper energy bills— that’s a win/win for everyone. Origins of the ENERGY STAR® Program The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) developed the ENERGY STAR® as a volunteer program to reduce air pollution. In conjunction with the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE),… Read More

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Building Green Churches with Steel

Stretching Natural Resources— and Church Resources— with Steel Building green churches means choosing construction materials with the smallest environmental impact. Steel building is the environmental champion of green building methods. “Steel as the primary structural building material, with its inherent recyclable nature and its efficiency of assembly, is the logical and responsible choice for Green Building,” according to the U.S. Green Building Council. The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) sponsors a voluntary program certifying green building projects. Using… Read More

In Building Green with Steel, Churches

Why Churches are Building Green

Sustainability and Stewardship in Today’s Religious Building Projects Today, many churches are building green, environmentally-friendly worship centers and auxiliary buildings. Churches are building green structures for the same reasons commercial and industrial builders— it simply makes sense. Choosing building products with the smallest possible environmental impact is the primary goal of all green building, including religious facilities. 3 Reasons Churches are Going Green Three main influences usually fan the flock’s interest in creating sustainable structures. 1. ENVIRONMENTAL-CONSCIOUS CONGREGATIONS: Many parishioners… Read More

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10 Landscaping Tips for Green Churches

How to Make Church Landscaping More Eco-Friendly Energy efficiency extends beyond the front door in green churches. Strategic church landscape design reduces energy consumption and saves water. Green Churches Sow Seeds that Reap Rewards Beautiful landscaping makes a church seem more inviting. When properly planned, church landscape design also helps cut energy bills for eco-friendly green churches. Here are some tips for making the most of the green spaces around your worship center: 1. USE NATIVE PLANTS. The trees, shrubberies,… Read More

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15 Tips for a More Energy Efficient Church

Simple Ways to Cut Energy Expenses at Your Worship Facility An energy efficient church stretches funds. Lower utility bills mean more money in the budget for doing what really matters: helping others. There are several ways for worship facilities to reduce energy waste. Some of these ideas cost very little. Other cost-saving techniques require an initial investment— but reap great money-saving rewards. Start small with church building design. Add more expensive energy-saving methods as time— and the church budget— permit.… Read More

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Urban Heat Island Effects in the U.S. – Part 7

Beating City Summer Heat with Reflective Surfaces Our last blog stressed the importance of greenspaces in mitigating urban heat island (UHI) impacts. Another strategy for diminishing the sweltering heat of UHIs involves lighter, more reflective surfaces on buildings, pavements, and roadways. Starting at the Top with Roofing Choices Roofs account for 20% to 25% of the land cover in cities. The simplest way to cool down hot roofs is to choose light-colored roofing materials. Light colors reflect radiated heat; dark… Read More

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Urban Heat Island Effects in the U.S. – Part 6

Beating Summer Heat with Greenspaces in the Cities In previous blogs we covered some of the many problems an urban heat island (UHI) inflicts on city-dwelling people, our planet, and our pocketbooks. Now let’s look at the ways we can mitigate the effects of UHIs on our cities. We Must Combat Urban Heat Islands Matters NOW Today 80% of all Americans live in cities. Millions more commute to cities daily for employment. UHIs affect the comfort, health, and finances of… Read More

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Urban Heat Island Effects in the U.S. – Part 5

The Financial Ramifications of Blistering Summer Heat in the Cities An urban heat island (UHI) impacts people, the planet— and pocketbooks. The financial consequences of UHIs affect governments, insurance companies, and individuals. Financial Fallout of Urban Heat Islands Putting an exact price tag on the cost of urban heat islands is impossible. However, it is obvious the costs to our health, our environment, and our financial resources are far too great. The economic costs of the urban heat island are… Read More

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Urban Heat Island Effects in the U.S. – Part 4

The Environmental Problems Caused by Scorching Summers in the City In addition to the health problems caused by an urban heat island (UHI), there are also serious environmental consequences. Urban heat islands create far-reaching environmental complications that affect not only the city itself, but also surrounding weather patterns, air quality, water quality, ecosystems, and even seasons. Environmental Impacts of Urban Heat Islands An urban heat island significantly affects the environment around it: Urban building alters the landscape, displacing natural vegetation… Read More

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