Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Design for Deconstruction

While researching alternatives to demolition I came across a deconstruction program that makes more sense than any other I've seen. Basically, Design for Deconstruction is legos for big people. 

The ultimate goal of the Design for Deconstruction (DfD) movement is to responsibly manage end-of-life building materials to minimize consumption of raw materials. By capturing materials removed during building renovation or demolition and finding ways to reuse them in another construction project or recycle them into a new product, the overall environmental impact of end-of-life building materials can be reduced. Architects and engineers can contribute to this movement by designing buildings that facilitate adaptation and renovation. This handbook presents an overview of basic Design for Deconstruction principles, and outlines the implementation of these principles in the design of Chartwell School in Seaside, California.

Friday, April 17, 2009

Grants and Funding Opportunities in The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provides $32.6 billion in funding to the U.S. Department of Energy with more than half of these funds directed to the Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy program office.

  • Weatherization $266,781,409
  • State Energy Program $96,083,000
  • Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program $84,183,300
  • Environmental Management $137,900,000
  • Total $584,947,709
To learn more about Department of Energy grants and Recovery Act funding available from other federal agencies click the links below. If you have questions, please contact the federal agency directly.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act website
Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Grants
Solar Policy and Analysis Regional Centers
Weatherization Grant Info
Green Job Training | Guidelines (pdf)
Electric Vehicle Battery Grants
Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency in Biomedical Research
Clean Energy Application Center
SmartGrid Information Clearinghouse
National Science Foundation Grants
Environmental Protection Agency Grants
Department of Labor Grants
Other Grants

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Does Preservation Pay?

Assessing Cleveland Restoration Society’s Home Improvement Program

Historic preservation investments are meant to save and protect a community’s architectural past. However, they may also come with financial benefits for today and the future. Loans to help homeowners rehabilitate
older houses may ultimately boost neighborhood property values. A new study by Cleveland State University’s Center for Housing Research & Policy has quantified gains in market value among homes participating in local historic preservation programs, as well as those nearby participating homes.