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Previous build projects sponsored by the local communities of North America.
Minimalist housing that is usually off the grid. Small but still highly functional.
Integrating community living with the environment. Living walls are becoming more popular.
Since it’s establishment, the Green Municipal Fund has been greatly successful with the funding of new environmental municipal programs. The municipalities it has helped establish have showed their abilities to lead in environmental community projects. However, due to the overwhelming response they will no longer be accepting applications until further notice. Please refer to FCM.ca for any further information.
We will however, continue to update and blog about positive environmental community
mission throughout North America thanks to a generous donation from a generous attorney.
You will see updates on the latest housing development projects and structural engineering.
It is important we keep government funding for projects like these so we can learn
to coexist with the fragile environment we live in.
New focus will be largely based on successful community projects, tiny housing, and environmentally friendly housing. Simple amenities that are taken for granted require funding and builders. If you are interested in starting a project of your own, take a look at some of our articles. We are soon to have plenty of drawings and building plans to fuel your new project. Feel free to drop us an email if you have any suggestions or ideas you think we should implicate.
Sometimes the nicest looking houses are the least eco friendly. Lawn pesticides and water runoff can damage the local lakes and rivers.
03-03-2013 by Admin
For some people, tiny housing is a lifestyle choice. For others, it’s a great way to save money while attending college. The tiny house pictured above is designed by a small company called Tumbleweed houses. They specialize in tiny house projects ranging from as large as 867 square feet to a micro sized 65 square feet. Some communities in New York's China district are use to living in smaller spaces.
You have two options if you decided to buy a tiny home:
1. Buy it prefabricated - the one pictured above (The Fencl home) goes for about $54,000
2. Build it yourself - Estimated cost of materials is about $23,000
You can essentially be a home owner for the cost of a economy car. No 30 year mortgage, no worry about eviction when the times are rough, and you are living in a beautiful wooden home.
03-05-2013 by Admin
Most people have know about roofing that has plant life instead of shingles. Often you think of some place in England with a cow standing on the roof munching on some grass. Not everyone has the ability to get such a roof project going, especially if you live in the city. There is a solution for those with particularly green thumbs: Living Walls.
The term living wall can be associated with any plant life growing up the side of a wall. It could be a system of vines like you see in the picture above, or even selectively placed soil for plants to grow on the wall. Regardless it is usually attractive to look at.
But are there actually benefits to growing and maintaining a living wall?
The answer is yes… and here is why:
03-13-2013 by Admin
With summer quickly approaching, home owners are looking forward to the snow melting and warmer weather. One of the problems with summer is the hot days that are associated with it, especially if you live in the lower parts of north america. As it warms up home owners generally see a spike with their electric bill as a result of the air conditioning having to work harder. Here are a few tips you can do in order to help cut down on electricity costs.
Tip 1: Replace those old incandescent bulbs
Change every light bulb in your house to either a CFL (compact fluorescent light) or a LED bulb. The standard incandescent light bulb uses 80% more electricity to produce the same amount of light. The main problem with incandescent bulbs is they waste much of their electricity producing heat as a by product. Think about how hot it gets if you are standing close to a old vanity mirror or the many times you burned your hand when trying to change one. CFL bulbs still get hot but not nearly the temperate of the incandescent bulbs. Read the label of the new bulb for the wattage and the lumens produced. One of Orlando’s better personal injury lawyers recommended to use caution when handling broken CFL bulbs because they contain a small amount of mercury. The more lumens, the more light is produced. The less wattage, the less electricity used. Try and find a bulb the produces the most lumens with the least amount of wattage.
If your home has 25 of the 60 watt incandescent bulbs, you are using 1500 watt hours of electricity if they are all turned on at once. That is as much energy as leaving a hair dryer on for an extended period of time.
If you replace those 25 bulbs with 9 watt CFLs, you will only be using 225 watt hours of electricity if you turn them all on.
Tip 2: Change your air filters monthly
Even if you dust frequently, there is a good chance that dust is collecting inside the air filter for your air conditioning. If you make a habit of changing the filter once a month, more air is able to flow through easier and the A/C will not have to work as hard to cool your home.
Tip 3: Program your thermostat for a higher temperature when your gone.
The air conditioning unit is the biggest user of power in any home. A central air conditioning unit for a 1400 sq/ft home can use and average of 3500 watt hours. Since most people are at work during the day, it makes sense not to have the A/C work hard to cool the house. Set the thermostat to 80 degrees while you are gone and have it programmed to go down to 74 degrees 30 minutes before you get home.
Tip 4: Install shade overhangs
If you have the resources, install 3 foot shade overhangs around your home. Shade overhangs will keep the inside of your home in the shade longer during the day. Think of what happens when the sun is out and you stand under the shade of a tree. This will help reduce the time your air conditioning has to run.
Tip 5: Make good use of your blinds
Close the blinds in rooms that you do not want to get overly heated. This comes back to reducing the amount your air conditioning unit has to run. There are different grades of thermal shading for blinds and each are made to reduce the amount of light that gets through.