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High-Tech Toilets Will Be Game Changers

An enormous market awaits a toilet that doesn't have to be connected to a water source or a sewer system. With the publication of technical standards, competition is underway to develop such a product. Some prototypes are already undergoing testing. (Photo: Bricoleurbanism / CC BY-NC / Flickr) Ready. Set. Go! The race to the high-tech toilet of the future is officially on. In early October, the International Organization for Standards, better known by its English acronym of ISO, published the first technical standard for the attributes and performance of a toilet that fully treats human waste on site, without connection to…

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7 Green Insulation Types for New and Existing Buildings

When it comes to building insulation, the options can be overwhelming, particularly for owners who want to decrease their carbon footprint, increase their R-value, qualify for environmentally based certifications or are concerned about asbestos. Luckily, the vast number of insulation types means that there are plenty of alternatives out there, from natural materials to recycled options. Cellulose Fiber Cellulose makes up the cell walls and fibers in plants, including cotton and the 30 percent of a tree that can be made into paper. Cellulose fiber insulation is also the oldest form of insulation, and can be added to enclosed walls…

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The Craigslist Factor

The average American generates about 1,500 pounds of garbage annually, and then spends lots of tax dollars disposing of it. Even as recycling has taken off across the country in recent decades, the volume of all this trash has kept growing — albeit at a slower pace. Since I research how people are using the internet to reuse products, share resources, and generally make more sustainable choices, I decided to see whether Craigslist might be helping to at least slow the pace of solid waste growth. New to you Craigslist is the best-known website for buying and selling, or simply…

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Airbnb Will Design Its Own Houses

Airbnb is tinkering with designs for a new type of housing, one that's designed for shared occupancy from the start. The company hopes to test a prototype by next year. (Photo: Airbnb) Airbnb’s network of rental listings includes more than 5 million properties globally, a $38 billion empire built on the idea that homeowners would be willing to rent a spare room, or give up their homes completely while they were out of town. Now the 10-year-old company is working on a new business model: designing prototypical homes that are built specifically with shared occupancy in mind. Airbnb’s future’s division,…

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Preventative Maintenance Checklist

Are you practicing preventive maintenance? When you stay on top of upkeep, you avoid costly emergency repairs and equipment failures – all of which eat into your hard-earned budget. Use this preventive maintenance checklist to keep major building systems – HVAC, roofing, plumbing and lighting – in good working order. Sign up today! Gain access to this exclusive Preventive Maintenance Checklist when you sign up for our free BUILDINGS Bulletin newsletter.  Sent twice-weekly to your inbox, you’ll stay informed on industry best practices, receive exclusive content, get expert tips and much more. Already get our newsletter? Thank you for being a loyal reader! We’ll still…

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Preventive Maintenance Checklist

Are you practicing preventive maintenance? When you stay on top of upkeep, you avoid costly emergency repairs and equipment failures – all of which eat into your hard-earned budget. Use this preventive maintenance checklist to keep major building systems – HVAC, roofing, plumbing and lighting – in good working order. Sign up today! Gain access to this exclusive Preventive Maintenance Checklist when you sign up for our free BUILDINGS Bulletin newsletter.  Sent twice-weekly to your inbox, you’ll stay informed on industry best practices, receive exclusive content, get expert tips and much more. Already get our newsletter? Thank you for being a loyal reader! We’ll still…

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