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Green Building, Materials & Design

Green Building, Materials & Design.Videos presented in this section cover green building, materials, and green design. Topics include sustainable architectural design and building practices for homes as well as for commercial, industrial, educational, and public structures and developments. Other topics include regenerative design, green renovation, remodeling, interior design, and sustainable infrastructure. Videos also cover unconventional building techniques such as straw bale, cordwood, adobe, and rammed earth.

Methods to reduce the natural resources consumed in construction, use, and maintenance of buildings include applying LEED standards, certification of lumber and forest products, energy and water efficiency measures, use of natural light and renewable energy, and use of recycled materials.

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"" Free Heat For Life: Fundamentals Of Affordable Passive Solar Design. Presentation by Dan Chiras. Author and green building consultant, Chiras details the good, the bad, and the ugly of designing great homes to use passive solar energy. About 53 minutes. Play Video >> More about Dan Chiras >>

"" Climbing Mount Sustainability - Part 1. In part one, Ray Anderson discusses the problems in industry and why he decided to pursue environmental sustainability at his own carpet company. In part two, he talks about how the focus on sustainability has made his company more profitable. About 10 minutes. Play Video - Part 1, 2.

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"" Garbage Warrior Trailer. Michael Reynolds is an environmental architect who builds sustainable off-the-grid housing. He uses diverse recycled materials including cans, bottles, and tires to build "earthships." However, his building practices face challenges from regulators in the United States. About 3 minutes. Play Video >>

"" "Earthships" Sustainable Architecture. Michael Reynolds, founder of Earthship Biotecture, is highlighted on CNN for his innovative and sustainable architectural home designs that help combact global warming and resource depletion. Many more related video segments are available by clicking on the numbers below the video. About 2 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Green Cleaning. Steve Ashkin, President of The Ashkin Group, explains why green cleaning is an important part of building sustainability. About 1 minute. Play Video >>

"" Better Businesses. Business owners describe the benefits of green buildings. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Better Places To Learn. Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection makes the case for building high performance green schools. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Furnishing High Performance Green Buildings. Video about furnishing green buildings using examples from Pennsylvania's Department of Environmental Protection. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Green Building: Lessons Learned. Insights gained from building the Department of Environmental Protection's Cambria Office Building in Pennsylvania. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" Pennsylvania's First Green Building. Discusses the green building process for the Department of Environmental Protection's Southcentral Regional Office Building in Pennsylvania. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

"" The Solar Umbrella Residence. The architecture firm PUGH + SCARPA expanded and renovated a bungalow using the principles of sustainability without sacrificing aesthetics. The home utilizes passive and active solar, a storm-water retention system, and recycled, renewable, and high performance materials and products. About 10 minutes. Play Video >>

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