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Cleaning with Vinegar

Written by building4u  on Monday, 17 October 2011 10:39  in Sustainability
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Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar has become popular as it is considered to be much safer than using some commercial products which can be made of harsh chemicals. It is also an environmentally friendly option that is very economical which appeals to many environmentally conscious people. White distilled vinegar is the best option and can be used as a multi-purpose household cleanser. Vinegar is effective for killing most types of mold, bacteria, and germs, due to its level of acidity.

As with anything there can be some downsides. Vinegar is acidic and may not be safe to use on all surfaces so we recommend always testing a small area that is underneath, behind or not noticeable first. Keep reading to learn more about the types of things you can use vinegar for around the home. Some you may have heard of - others may be new ideas to try!

Sustainable Architecture

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 11:52  in Sustainability
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Sustainable Architecture

Sustainable Architecture

Heating, Ventilation and Cooling System Efficiency

The most important and cost effective element of an efficient heating, ventilating, and air conditioning (HVAC) system is a well insulated building. A more efficient building requires less heat generating or dissipating power, but may require more ventilation capacity to expel polluted indoor air.

Sustainable Planning

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 11:50  in Sustainability
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Sustainable Planning

Sustainable Planning

Urban planners that are interested in achieving sustainable development or sustainable cities use various design principles and techniques when designing cities and their infrastructure. These include Smart Growth theory, Transit-oriented development, sustainable urban infrastructure and New Urbanism. Smart Growth is an urban planning and transportation theory that concentrates growth in infill sites within the existing infrastructure of a city or town to avoid urban sprawl; and advocates compact, transit-oriented development, walkable, bicycle-friendly land use, including mixed-use development with a range of housing choices.

Sustainable Design

Written by building4u  on Wednesday, 24 August 2011 11:47  in Sustainability
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Sustainable Design

Sustainable design (also called environmental design, environmentally sustainable design, environmentally conscious design, etc.) is the philosophy of designing physical objects, the built environment, and services to comply with the principles of economic, social, and ecological sustainability.

The intention of sustainable design is to "eliminate negative environmental impact completely through skillful, sensitive design". Manifestations of sustainable design require no non-renewable resources, impact the environment minimally, and relate people with the natural environment.