Infographic: Recycling Shingles

Ever wondered what becomes of shingles when they’re no longer serving their purpose on rooftops? Many are used in asphalt to pave roads — which is a much better alternative than being sent to a landfill. Learn more about how the process works and what you can do to make sure your shingles are recycled in this infographic from Hometown Roofing Contractors: Homepage photo: Flickr/AtomBoy200

Green Health Care Design Is Affordable

It’s OK, health care, take a chance on going green. A study five years ago and a follow-up done just to be sure have confirmed that there’s a minimal cost, if any, to give health care facilities greener designs. Results of the first study, “Demystifying First-Cost Green Building Premiums in Healthcare,” conducted in 2008, showed that the capital cost premium for green health care design was 2.4 percent. A lot of questions among health care institutions were circling at the time about green design and its costs. Authors of the study believed the results would put the cost concerns to rest. “We thought the findings would help to be a myth-buster,” co-author Gail Vittori told Healthcare Design. But the data wasn’t enough. Concern over cost premiums persisted. The topic was revisited in a new study that used a new set of hospital projects, all completed between 2010 and 2012. And all were Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) certified for new construction by the U.S. Green Building Council. What were the results? The averages … Continued