After Al Gore, caped crusader against climate change and recipient of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, was rather inconveniently called to task for the massive energy use of his Tennessee home, he remodeled to make his abode greener, and the updates included Air Krete. Along with solar panels, geothermal energy, fluorescent light bulbs and LEDs, the addition of Air Krete helped the home cut 11 percent off the previous year's summer energy bill in a time when most area houses went 20 to 30 percent over the previous year's bill due to a heat wave. Perhaps if we all followed Al's example and installed Air Krete, there would be fewer of these summer heat waves.
For more information on green building materials, check out the links below.
- Air Krete. "Testimonials." 2009. (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.airkrete.com/testimonial.php
- Alter, Lloyd. "Air Krete: Green Insulation from Cement." Treehugger.com. April 22, 2009. (Feb. 25, 2011) http://www.treehugger.com/files/2009/04/airkrete-green-insulation.php
- Associated Press. "Gore gets green kudos for home renovation." MSNBC.com. Dec. 13, 2007. (Feb. 24, 2011) http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/22248699/ns/us_news-environment/
- Austin Energy Green Building. "What Is Concrete Foam Insulation And Does It Work?" SaveGreenly.com. (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.savegreenly.com/what_is_concrete_foam_insulation.htm
- Croxton Collaborative Architects. "Selected Projects: National Audubon Society Headquarters." (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.croxtoncollaborative.com/proj_nasocietyh.htm
- Hanle, Lisa J. et al. "CO2 Emissions Profile of the U.S. Cement Industry." U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. (Feb. 24, 2011)www.epa.gov/ttnchie1/conference/ei13/ghg/hanle.pdf
- Johns Manville Insulation. "Distinguish Your Home With The Best Insulation." (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.jminsulation.com.au/products/
- Materials Research Institute. "Infrastructure for the 21st Century." Summer 2009. (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.mri.psu.edu/articles/09s/FoM_09s/Pioneer.asp
- U.S. Department of Energy. "Cementitious Foam Insulation Material." Feb. 9, 2011. (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.energysavers.gov/your_home/insulation_airsealing/index.cfm/mytopic=11720
- YouTube. "Airkrete-penny demonstration." West Coast Insulation. March 18, 2008. (Feb. 24, 2011)http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UlnWazT_9pY&feature=player_embedded
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