LEED: The way to a Sustainable Future with Sustainable Building Design [Infographic]

For many businesses, going green is a matter of changing the way they work. By reducing waste in their operations or using sustainable materials in their production, these businesses lessen their impact on the environment. However, these are not the only means through which companies can become more eco-friendly. In fact, many businesses can shrink the size of their ecological footprints through the places in which they work.

The U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED program provides builders and property owners with standards for energy efficiency and sustainability. Achieving LEED certification means a building exemplifies many of the principles behind sustainable building design. LEED-certified buildings are more environmentally friendly, which therefore helps the businesses inside of them reduce their overall impact on the planet. Even if they don’t employ other methods, sustainable building design helps businesses become greener.

Businesses in the green industry — or any that simply want to become more sustainable — need to understand LEED and what it means for their properties. There is a strict process through which buildings can become LEED-certified. Additionally, there are specific standards those properties must meet before they can be certified through the LEED program. Property owners and businesses also need to understand the different levels of LEED certification and what they mean.

The accompanying guide breaks down what LEED certification entails, and can serve as a helpful resource for any business working to go green.

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The Eco Guide to Bike-Sharing

We are tearing this planet apart – there’s too many of us, we’re practically walking (or, should we say, driving) pollution and the cause of global warming. Well, we’re trying to make up for it and make an everyday life a little bit more sustainable. One of the ways to do that is to share, but there is a question of a pretty bipolar economic and social impact of this strategy. Apparently, carbon emission is a less problem than the question who’s paying for the gas and who gets a free ride. It doesn’t mean that we don’t care about the planet, but we simply care much more about ourselves. That can be seen in the case of one of the most eco-friendly parts of sharing economy – the bike-sharing. Although the most eco-friendly places in the world (Denmark, Germany, Netherlands) have more than 70% cyclist out of the entire population, many countries still think that bike sharing services are important. Maybe the main reason for this lies in the fact that we are not sure about the size of the impact that bike sharing has on a climate change. Well, let’s take a look what every turn of the pedal brings.

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DIY Eco-Friendly Backyard

Every day we try to make our world a little bit greener. On a smaller personal level, it is all about shaping our habits and making our surrounding more eco-friendly. Of course, this also includes designs of our gardens and best materials to use. Planting local plants influences local flora and fauna and by designing a deck from upcycled timber we prolong its use and lower pollution. One garden may not save the world but it can set an example, so why not start from your own?

Here are some pointers on how to make your garden greener and more enjoyable for your family.

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Building the perfect Birdhouse [Infographic]

Features of a Good Birdhouse- Give a Bird a Home

A birdhouse is such a great addition to any garden and it’s a really fun DIY project to tackle. This infographic from Capital Garden Services looks at how to build the perfect birdhouse so maybe it’s time to bring one to your garden?

If you are building one, build a good one as otherwise you’re short-changing our feathered friends! You should use untreated wood and galvanised screws as remember this will need to last throughout the year in all weather conditions.

You also need to make sure your birdhouse is protected from predators and some of the most common are chipmunks, raccoons, and cats. A stovepipe is generally considered the best protection against climbing predators.

If you don’t want to build a birdhouse there are other things you can do. Things like install a feeder o attract the local neighbourhood birds! Make sure to have good quality seeds for them when they come to visit. Check out the full infographic now!

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Green Home Trends [Infographic]

In love with the idea of a Green Home but don’t know where to start? Here are  10 suggestions of the hottest trends to realise the Green Home of your dreams. Want to save money while saving the environment? It tells you which upgrades are the most cost effective and which will be gaining in popularity in the coming years.

Incorporating eco-friendly designs into a new home or upgrading your existing home is easier than ever thanks to new energy-saving improvements that can add to your home’s value. Check out these 10 Hot Trends and get your Green on!

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