Geothermal heat pump systems can save 30 to 50 percent in heating and cooling costs. But the initial costs for installing the ground loop have been a stumbling block the industry has struggled with for years. However, a new approach to financing the ground loops has made it easier for new communities to adopt geothermal heating and cooling.
Stone veneer is engineered to emulate the look of natural stone by incorporating the convincing profile, texture and color of expensive quarried stone. Yet, it's lighter, less expensive, easier to install and better for the environment than natural stone or brick.
Capitol Riverfront, DC's new neighborhood on the river is located just five blocks south of the US Capitol Building. With a distinct industrial heritage, and access to unique parks and trails and sports and entertainment venues, Capitol Riverfront is leading the way in riverfront renewal and green innovation.
Green is more than a color at Capitol Riverfront, it is a commitment evident in sustainable development, environmentally conscious businesses, mass transit access, walkability, and active public parks.
Businesses, citizens, and political leaders are increasingly recognizing the need to adopt a less costly, more environmentally sound approach to development that emphasizes well-designed mixed use, walkable communities that better integrate where we live, work, and shop.
In response to the increasing demand for safer, greener, more livable communities, the Departments of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development, and the Environmental Protection Agency formed the interagency Partnership for Sustainable Communities. This document discusses the achievements of the Partnership's first year.
Despite the importance of wetlands to sustainable communities, the United States loses about 60,000 acres of this watershed feature each year. This document details case studies of 3 communities that realized the benefits of these fragile ecosystems and the steps they took to protect them.
Green building is a whole systems approach to the design and construction of buildings and communities. The ultimate goal of green building is to meet current needs while minimizing impacts to natural resources and future generations. This fact sheet discusses...
Learn about sustainable communities planned for low environmental impact and efficient use of resources. These communities are designed to enhance healthy lifestyles and bring people together to make their lives and homes exceptional.