LIHTC: Its Past and Current Main Attributes

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC or Lie-Tech) was created in 1986 by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It has soon ripened into the federal government’s largest program for the development and restoration of affordable housing. The program invests over $6 billion dollars each year to produce 150,000 rental residential units and 100,000 jobs. So far, the program has enabled the rehabilitation of 2.5 million housing units. Between 1987 and {Read More}

Ecological Footprint Model: Assessing The Advantages and Disadvantages

Ecological footprint is an index of environmental sustainability and learning framework used to calculate human consumption and its impact on the environment. The framework makes the sustainability concept more understandable, providing policy-makers with a sound standard for evaluating policies and projects. The ecological footprint model is also a practical tool that helps individuals estimate resource consumption and waste generation parameters of a certain population relevant to the corresponding useful land and water area. The concept of ecological footprint was first {Read More}

Everything Matters – Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Beautiful and bountiful, bamboo has created an upswing in the green flooring market. Advertised as an inexpensive and eco-friendly flooring option, this quick-growing grass is rapidly taking place of the traditional oak floors. The emerging global bamboo market is experiencing rapid growth as well with an expected value reaching $20 billion by 2015. The question is how much of a virtuous bamboo image is authentic and how much is just a campaign by a prosperous industry. That’s why we dig {Read More}

Cork Flooring Pros and Cons

Cork is increasingly being embraced as an eco-friendly flooring choice for the kitchen and bathroom. If you are considering cork flooring for your home, you are likely to weigh pros and cons of your decision, particularly when cost, durability and environmental sustainability are at stake. The lifestyle priorities are rapidly changing and the indestructible vinyl is, thankfully, not in any more. Fresh information has become available and now the arguments in favor or sustainable lifestyle have climbed up in the {Read More}

Green Roof Plants: Mostly Tough With a Hint of Color

For anyone considering a green roof, choosing the right plants is the essential decision. It’s typically believed that a green roofing environment carries a resemblance to a delectable garden. The reality is quite different – tough plants, that establish themselves fast and are long-lived, are a building block of a green roof. Another shared misconception is that native plants are best suited for green roofs thereby serving as a part of landscape restoration. While theoretically this may make ecological sense {Read More}

Beauty and Brains: The Fabulous Benefits of Green Roofs

It’s tough to beat the argument that even the basic green roofs are more pleasing to the eye than black-tar and asphalt roofs. Yet, the recent surge of interest in green roofs is due to environmental; not aesthetic reasons. The tradition of green roofs is strongest in Europe and most documented benefits of green roofs originate from European countries. Only recently, the data coming from the US, Canada, Asia, and Australia suggests that green roofs can be beneficial in other {Read More}

Green Roofs: Combining Aesthetics With Ecology

When Charlie Miller, a stormwater engineer built his first green roof in 1998, extensive green roofs were practically unknown in North America. Miller built a simple, low-maintenance 3000 square foot green roof on the roof of the Fencing Academy of Philadelphia, that stands up to this day. Today, green roofs are not considered a novelty they used to be in 1998, but represent a growing trend in green urban design that can effectively be combined with solar panels and wind {Read More}

Solar Energy Facts

Here are some answers to the most common questions about solar energy. The sun represents an enormous nuclear reactor that converts its own mass into light particles or photons. Trillions of photons fill Earth’s atmosphere every second. The sun’s nuclear reaction consumes 4.2 million tons of mass per second. The Earth intercepts just 2 billionths of the sun’s energy output. On any particular day, 35,000 times the total amount of energy that people use reaches the surface of the Earth {Read More}

How to Save Water at Home

In most homes, water has four major uses: baths, faucets, washing machines and dishwashers. For each of these uses, water heating may be required, which consumes around 20% of a home’s energy costs. Other uses of water include irrigation, pools, fountains and spas. Even when you try to use water wisely, you my be wasting a good deal of this precious resource. Here are ideas and tips on how to wisely save water in your home. Ways to Conserve Water for {Read More}