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Zero-Emissions Home, UK by nataliemikosz
September 3, 2008, 3:55 pm
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The Kingspan Off-Site’s Lighthouse design is an example of a zero-emissions home design in the UK that was unveiled in 2007.  It utilizes (1) a wind catcher for summer ventilation, (2) photovoltaic panels for hot water and electricity, (3) a high level of wall insulation, and (4) a biomass boiler.  The house would cost about 40% more than an average house of the same size, but will save tremendously in operating costs, which will over-time cancel out the initial pricetag. 



Eco-nomics by nataliemikosz
September 3, 2008, 3:39 pm
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The United States is ranked one of the top five world leaders in air pollution emissions.  Pollution is the introduction of contaminants into an environment that cause instability, disorder, harm or discomfort to the physical systems or living organisms therein.  (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pollution)  

Motor vehicle emissions as well as carbon emissions from running our own homes are among the top leading contributors of air pollution, which we have direct control over.  On average, a single family home has a carbon footprint of 12.2 TONS of carbon per year.  Not only does this create an obsene amount of pollution, it also comes with a price tag of $2,451/year on average to operate this single family home.  (http://www.epa.gov/climatechange/emissions/ind_calculator.html)  Just imagine how having a zero-emissions (or even a relatively sustainable) home could save the earth and your wallet.