Friday Five – Forest Buildings, Building Blocks, Hidden Streams, Pollution Tips, Bike Coalition

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Welcome to the newest edition of the Friday Five! Here’s what we’ve been reading and thinking about this week:

Forest Stewardship and Education Centre is a Lesson in Green Building

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Image: Cindy Blazevic

Despite having to navigate through nine pages of slides (I mean, c’mon, that’s not a way to get someone to read your content…), there is some really valuable and interesting information in here. The Forest Stewardship and Education Center in the middle of a forest (a bit hard to access from downtown Philly) features Cross Laminated Timber, R-40 walls & R-60 roof, repurposed douglas fir siding (it’s untreated, so we’ll see what toll the weather has on it, and how soon it will need to be replaced), a structural orientation favoring solar heat gain (south-facing glazing and overhangs), and net-zero water use. The building hovers around 4,000 sq feet and they are hoping for a 90 year service life. The construction is shooting for a Living Building Challenge cert, arguably the toughest cert to achieve.

Blocks: The ABCs of Green Building Materials

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Image: Wikipedia Commons

Autoclaved Aerated Concrete (AAC), Air-Purifying (photocatalytic concrete block pavers), Bio-Composites, Dense Aggregate Concrete, Fly ash (“cinder block”), Foam Concrete, Gypsum Plaster, Honeycomb Clay Block, Insulated Concrete Forms, Lightweight Aggregate Concrete, Permeable Concreate, Solidia Concrete.

Let’s just say there are a lot of building alternatives to hollow concrete out there. Green Building discusses a few of them and lists some of their benefits as green building materials.

Uncovering the Potential of Honolulu’s Hidden Streams

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Image: John Hook

Decades ago, a Hawaiian stream was covered up by the effects of capitalism and a growing population in Honolulu. Today, Howard Hughes Corporation is trying to bring that stream back into the eye of the public and restore a long-forgotten, concrete covered natural ecosystem.

How to Reduce Exposure to Pollution While Sitting in Traffic

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Our second article this week from Treehugger gives us a practical tip to reduce our chance of death while sitting in our car in traffic! We’ll save you the trouble of clicking on the link and tell you that closing your windows and recirculating your air will do the trick! Some might see it as common sense, others might be thanking us for extending their life a few years!

Become a Sustaining Member of the Bicycle Coalition

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Image: Bike Coalition

We like biking and we like Philly. We especially like biking in Philly! Become a sustaining member of the Bike Coalition and receive either a wallet or cool t-shirt! In addition to those cool limited-edition perks, other member benefits include complimentary tickets to bike rides, discounts to various cultural events, and discounts at more than 20 bike shops in the city (among some other cool things!).


From the Postgreen family, we hope you have a great weekend!

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