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September 2003
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 Sustainable Concepts . Design Forward Newsletter 
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Greetings!

Welcome to the September 2003 newsletter for Design Forward. Please take some time to enjoy this month's features.

Quote of the Month: "There are no passengers on spaceship earth. We are all crew." -Marshall McLuhan

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  • Building with Insulated Concrete Forms
  • Saving Water
  • Paper Recycling
  • New Website!
  • Feedback

  • Saving Water
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    It seems that water conservation has taken the backseat to energy conservation these days. I thought is might be time to remind us all about the important and easy steps to saving water everyday.

    There are many way to save water: low flush toilets, low flow shower heads, only running the dishwasher when it is full, and not running the water when you brush your teeth. But there are so many more.

    Read on to find out 49 ways to save water.

    Article Design Forward. Picture www.sydneywater.com.au

    49 Ways to Conserve... »

    Paper Recycling
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    In the U.S., paper accounts for two-thirds of all the packaging material recovered for recycling -- more than glass, metal, and plastic combined! Find out exactly how paper is recycled in a interesting step-by-step explanation.

    Picture Paper University.

    All About Paper Recycling... »

    New Website!
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    Design Forward has a brand new website. We have changed our look. Feedback is welcome, just send us an email.

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    Feedback
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    Design Forward works toward promoting Sustainable Design. If you know of a project that should be featured, please contact us. Let us know why you think it should be featured and give us a basic intro to the project, the sustainable elements and any websites or contact information.

    If you would like to submit a fun and/or entertaining quote about architecture, building, or such, send it in! If it at all possible, include the author.

    If you have any other feedback concerning this publication, please feel free to send an email or use the form.

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    Building with Insulated Concrete Forms
    ICFs are not new-they've been around for the past 30 years. ICF construction takes the three-step process of framing, insulating, and wrapping a home, and ties it all into one. Constructed from expanded polystyrene and stacked like building blocks to form the exterior walls of a home, the forms are reinforced with steel and filled with concrete. The forms interlock and fasten one to the other to provide seamless "foundation to rafter" fully insulated, reinforced concrete walls. Window and door openings of any size are possible.

    Insulated concrete forms provide a lasting building envelope, designed to withstand high wind, fire, the elements, and the test of time. "I see a lot of stick framing today that scares me," says concrete foreman Jay Meunier. "I really have a hard time believing these homes will be here 100 years from now." Reinforced concrete, however, is meant to last a lifetime, and then some.

    Triple the Thermal Value: Because of the triple insulative nature of these forms, ICFs are extremely energy efficient. The R-value of the insulation, coupled with the thermal mass of the concrete, and the elimination of air leakage, makes for an R-40 energy rating or higher. Exterior walls on wood framed homes typically have an R-value of 20 or so. Some companies even guarantee the energy savings in writing and receive the Department of Energy's Energy Star rating to wear on their product. "The advantages are obvious," says Trudeau of building with concrete. "The insulation factor is incredible, so the return on the investment is immediate for the homeowner." Power companies like Nevada Power are even taking a closer look at rebates for customers who build with energy efficient components like ICFs.

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