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The Green Building 101 series has taken us inside the house and out, looking at site selection, water efficiency, day lighting, eco-power, and environmentally friendly materials. The final segment in our series will cover the last section of LEED for Homes, which is called “Innovative Design.” This somewhat mysterious section seems to be the catch-all area: created to allow new technologies that aren’t currently covered by the rest of LEED-H to earn points. With this in mind, we’d like to showcase some of the most promising innovations in sustainable design – the stuff that might qualify for LEED’s Innovative Design points. We proudly present, in no particular order, Inhabitat’s Top Ten Eco-Innovations

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  1. Yudhia Pratidina Pestal... January 10, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    I W, like Inovative Sustainable Green Building Smart Materials

  2. ewishki February 2, 2009 at 9:31 pm

    Have you ever considered using infrared cameras to also pick up on heat emitted from devices. I am a home inspector and often see energy efficient bulbs that appear off in the camera where normal ones appear bright red because of the heat they emit. Here are a couple examples of fairly low cost thermal imagers

    Those are some good examples with a lot of resources on what thermal imaging can do.

    B Ewishki

  3. brian August 1, 2008 at 2:31 pm

    This is an amazing site. Lots of info.

  4. Tim Ruffo February 19, 2008 at 9:31 pm

    the use of concrete instead of hot asphalt will reduce the heat island effect, concete can also contain recycled materials such as flyash and blast furnace slags that would otherwise be wasted. Pervious concrete will achieve the storm water reclaimation and ground water recharging.
    Insulated Concrete Forms can be used to form walls that are energy efficient and cut down the use of lumber in a house. This is probably the best way to create the building envelope and provide for the best sustainability.

  5. Brandi Bosworth May 22, 2007 at 5:35 am

    Any recommended sites for building commercial green buildings — affordably?

  6. ENERGYHANDBOOK » October 11, 2006 at 12:24 pm

    […] GREEN BUILDING 101: DESIGN INNOVATIONInhabitat – Sep 6, 2006… In the past, photovoltaic panels were most often added to a building as an exterior afterthought once the construction was finished. … […]

  7. Monica Marsicek September 20, 2006 at 4:49 pm

    We’re working on educating homeowners about green home options here at ecoLogical Home Ideas magazine ( There’s a lot of demand for information, as evidenced by feedback from our first few issues and at the Expos/Fairs we attend. Feel free to send green home info to me, especially on low-cost homes and products. That’s one of the strongest needs we find, and one of the hardest to fill – affordable green homes.

    I love finding sources of info like this, can’t wait to explore the rest of your site!

  8. Kristin Carter September 7, 2006 at 5:05 pm

    Can these articles be downloaded?

  9. Anthony September 7, 2006 at 12:47 pm

    This just goes to show what can be accomplished. Obviously, there is a burning need for innovation across our entire societal landscape, but this “tip of the iceberg” is a nice cross section of efforts that are now ready for primetime. Another requirement, perhaps a larger requirement, is not technological though. One of the biggest challenges will be to get people to request and/or have communities require these types of resource saving innovations. As a long time night sky activist, I can tell you that many people simply don’t like change regardless of the issue at hand. Education (and lots of it) will be the key to transforming our wasteful society into an efficiency minded society.

  10. Joyce Kelly September 7, 2006 at 3:24 am

    Great article though missing a few key facts in LED section.
    1) They are not as efficient as fluorescents; their efficiency ranges somewhere between halogens and fluorescents.
    2) They produce heat, though not quite as much as incnadescents.
    3) No mercury waste and less waste in general over 20 years.
    4) They are costly.

    And design-wise, they’re effective for tight spaces and spaces with maintenance issues. Just don’t count on them for alot of lumen output per watt yet. Maybe in 5 years. In the meantime, think signalling, sparkle, color effects.

  11. Nathan September 6, 2006 at 8:30 pm

    I agree with the above. Its amazing the technology available now! I’d love to know more about the efforts getting Green building into practice for mainstream development

  12. Brittany September 6, 2006 at 6:17 pm

    Hi! Loved this article – super interesting stuff and I hadn’t heard of 75% of it. I recently came across your site and hope to use it as a resource in the future for the company I work at – a professional development group for members of the environment sector.

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