2013 Miss Teenage Canada Blog Network Assignment Number One
Explain what makes a green building? Show us one good example of a green building in your town. There must be one? This is a tech blog assignment for green citizen journalists. The challenge ends July 3rd 2013 There are amazing prizes (five or more professional digital cameras for bloggers plus a grand prize TBD) for the top blogs courtesy of Tiocoat flat roof, and other sponsors. Link to sponsor Tiocoat . com in your blog under the word ‘flat roof’ or ‘white roof’ or ‘rubber roof’ as sponsor of blog challenge only (you do not have to look for flat roof or white roof examples), just write about green buildings of any description, perhaps a greenhouse? or that green mansion where you cut the grass one summer?
What is a Green Building? What’s The Greenest Building Around?
As energy efficient building practices become more mainstream, terms like “green building” and “LEED certified” have become a part of the common lexicon. But what does it all mean? Despite our growing familiarity with these terms, most Canadians do not fully understand the key components that contribute to the energy efficiency rating ? of a commercial or residential building.
Your task is to explain to everyone ‘what is a green building?’ and then show us an example of an energy efficient structure in your town or region. Sponsored by Tiocoat flat roof solutions this company makes a white roof or rubber roof coating that is guaranteed for the life of the building. If every building had a white roof the whole world would be cooler. Also green lawn care with sustainable equipment adds to a property’s environmental footprint.
How do you know what makes a building ‘green’?
Green Star is a comprehensive, national, voluntary environmental rating system that evaluates the environmental design and construction of buildings scale ; the ‘greenness’ of a building seems to be determined by adding up the active and passive methods that the building uses to conserve energy and subtracting any places where it wastes energy.
REQUIREMENTS Each post should have two pictures explaining the architecture and exploring at least two different facets of energy conservation. Beyond the obvious examples of green retrofitting, like a whole array of microfit program solar panels and overflowing rain water collection buckets, look for the hard-to-spot innovations like intelligent thermostats, automatic blinds on windows, high tech basement flooring and insulated wall panels and stuff that you wouldn’t even think about unless you went looking for them. Even a row of shady trees could be considered a positive innovation. These improvements add to the environmental rating of ‘sustainable building’ and help make it ‘green’.
Readers of your blog will want details on recent breakthroughs in building design or new Space Age materials technology.
If you report that a local building has been built with some kind advanced polymer bricks on the outside of its walls, we readers (and sponsors, and blog judges) will want to know why the bricks and mortar are so advanced. What makes them so special? Explain the science to us. Do you have anything in town like this? This building is the world’s foremost example of ‘rooftop planting’ . What green wonder do you have in your town?
Look for innovations inside and outside the featured structures. What about new style sunrooms, and the space age glass in the panes? There’s advanced glass that has been developed with built-in sun shades and other silicon soda blends now have selenium inside so they harness the sunlight and collect solar energy! Other types of glass are bird proof and make bird friendly building materials which is another form of environmental conservation.