Local business wants city council to reduce environmental regulations burden – Indiana Daily Student

Local business wants city council to reduce environmental regulations burden
Indiana Daily Student
The Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Checklist is the standard that the building would typically need to meet to qualify for renovation. This checklist is a point-based system that accounts for the environmental impacts of a

Affordable Tiny Off-The-Grid Weekend Retreat

The firm Modern Tiny Living just unveiled a tiny home, which makes other tiny homes appear like mansions in comparison. The aptly named Nugget comes fully equipped with everything you need for a cozy weekend retreat.

The Nugget rests atop a single-axle 12 ft (3.6 m)-long trailer, and weighs 4,500 lbs (2,040 kg). It’s floorspace is just 102 sq ft (9.4 sq m), which is tinier then even the tiniest competition. However, the Nugget has all one needs, including a kitchenette, a bathroom and a comfy sleeping area. They are marketing this one as a weekend retreat, which is quite accurate, since it is probably too small to be used as a full time home.

That said, they did maximize on the available space. There is a large sink in the kitchen, complete with a copper faucet, while the countertop is actually a hickory butcher block. There is a small fridge, but no stove, since the owner plans to use one of the portable camping ones. The bathroom is separated from the main living area by a pocket door, and is equipped with a composting toilet and a shower. The sleeping area doubles as the lounge, and features a good-sized bed.

The Nugget is completely independent of the grid, and is fitted with a rooftop mounted solar power array, which is connected to an inverter and a battery system. They also installed a 100 gal (378 l) fresh water tank and pump, which provides all the necessary water. A propane heater is used to heat both the interior as well as the water.

The home is also reasonably well insulated, with the ceiling and floors having an insulation rating of R-28, and the walls a rating of R-21, but the home is not really suitable for use in extreme climates.

To go with it’s size, the Nugget’s price is also small. It is currently being sold for $36,000.

Olive Meadow Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Energy Efficiency, Environmental Design – Inland Empire

Olive Meadow Earns LEED Platinum Certification for Energy Efficiency, Environmental Design
Inland Empire
San Bernardino, Calif. – Olive Meadow at Arrowhead Grove, part of a transformational public-private partnership in San Bernardino, has received LEED Platinum Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council for energy efficiency and environmental …

BTC building awarded LEED Gold certification – The Bellingham Business Journal (blog)

BTC building awarded LEED Gold certification
The Bellingham Business Journal (blog)
The Bellingham Technical College's Campus Center was recently awarded LEED Gold Certification. The building was designed by HKP Architects and incorporates a number of sustainable features. The three-story Campus Center building serves as a …

Cozy Laurentians cabin features LEED efficiency with retro styling – Montreal Gazette


Montreal Gazette

Cozy Laurentians cabin features LEED efficiency with retro styling
Montreal Gazette
LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a grading system that rates the environmental performance of a building. It is used to measure whether a house meets the highest international rating standards in construction related to health