Monthly Archives: April 2013

The Opportunity of Earth Day

The first Earth Day was held on April 22, 1970. With the spirit of Earth Day in mind, we offer the following suggestion to help us think globally while acting act locally…… Read more

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Why Didn’t Zoning Regulations Protect More Citizens from the West, Texas Explosion?

Reports of an explosion at a fertilizer plant in West, Texas indicate significant loss of life and property damage. Why didn’t the zoning regulations protect more people?… Read more

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What Does the Air Quality in Your House Have to do with The Masters Tournament in Augusta?

For much of America, three things arrive in April of every year. One is The Masters golf tournament and the other two can have a significant impact on your health.… Read more

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It’s Time to Put Out Your Hummingbird Feeder!

Georgia has hummingbirds all year long though the population usually increases significantly in March as many migrate back to Georgia when the weather warms. The arrival of warm spring weather means it’s time to put out your hummingbird feeder!… Read more

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Life Cycle Assessment: Getting to the “Why” of Making Sustainable Decisions

RTAblog_2013_0412_LifeCycleAssesmentRyan was invited to participate in a panel discussion on “The Green Appraisal Process” at the Region IX meeting of the Appraisal Institute today. The following are notes for some of the issues he’s been asked to address.… Read more

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Does It Cost More to Build a Sustainable Home?

RTAblog_2013_0410_SprayFoamInsultationLast week, the only officially branded curmudgeon that we know (Carl Seville, “The Green Curmudegeon”) brought an article in Atlanta INtown to our attention. In the article David Fowler is quoted as saying “going green” costs “anywhere from 20 to … Read more

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Efficiency & Enforcement at Issue: A Fight Over Furnaces in 30 States

RTAblog_2013_0408_furnaceIn 2008, the United States Department of Energy (DOE) began considering minimum standards for central air conditioners and heat pumps in homes. Minimum standards for furnaces were already in discussion. On June 27, 2011 the DOE’s Office of Energy Efficiency … Read more

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Americans Lose Another Historic Home: The Gamble House in Cincinnati

RTAblog_2013_0404_trackhoeThe Gamble House in Cincinnati, OH was torn down on Monday. The 170-year old Victorian house was the home of James. N. Gamble, son of a Procter & Gamble founder. James Gamble lived in the 13-room, 2,644 square foot house … Read more

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Free to a Good Home: Help Us Do Some Repurposing?

We’ve amassed a collection of dress shirt fabric to see if we can find someone interested in using it for a craft project. It’s a collection of patterns/stripes (8 shirts), blue (9 shirts) and white (10 shirts) that are free … Read more

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