Sometimes a catch phrase comes along and is used until it has no meaning. These days anyone trying to sell anything uses the phrase “Green Technology” or “Green Build” or some combination with the word green. Is it really green or is it the same old product with a new name in front of it? It would be nice if it were green, did help the environment and didn’t cost an arm and a leg.
In the building industry, both residential and commercial, there is a system in place to verify when something is advertised as green, it is, in fact, green. There are standards and guidelines that must be met, so that the building can be certified nationally as green. This article will focus on residential building.
The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), in conjunction with the International Code Council, established a nationally acknowledged definition of what “Green Build” constitutes. The standard of “Green Build” set forth in this definition is in compliance with the requirements of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). ANSI’s main purpose is to create a system whereby a uniform set of standards and guidelines are created that will allow U.S. businesses and U.S. citizens to compete while maintaining a quality of life and protecting the environment.
Basically NAHB created The National Green Building Standard. This is a point system that allows you to get a national certification for your home as a “Green Home”. Every step of the way points are given for certain building techniques and materials. Some techniques and materials score higher than others, this accounts for the percentage of green your home is deemed to be.
NAHB’s Green Building Program creates guidelines that are above code requirements for green features in many instances. This helps in facilitating the inspection process and very well might fast track the permitting process in some cases dab rigs . All categories of systems and materials are given ratings. The higher the ratings, the higher the certification, if standards are not met, no certification will be awarded and the home cannot be marketed as a NAHB or ASNI “Green Built” home.
You do need some knowledge of the types of fish and their natural habitation. You can learn a lot from the internet but the best knowledge comes from people who keep the fish themselves. Find a good aquarium keeper, as many pet shop owners do not have a good knowledge of fish keeping. Maybe you would be interested in joining a club. Members would be a good source of valuable information on fish keeping.
Visit people who keep large tanks of exotic fish. Look at the way their tanks are set up. The ones I like best are the natural ones. They look like a window into the sea, with plants and a variety of fish life, including snails and many different sizes of fish. If you prefer a fun look, there are plenty of ornaments you can arrange to make an interesting scene. The ornaments are good for hiding the equipment, like pumps and air bubblers.
One way is to use the language of your character. If your character is a chef, then drop in cooking words. Fire up the salamander (not the reptile ), tie on a four-way apron, take out a terrine, pick out some nice truffles and whip up some quail and foie gras. Or if your man is a mechanic, know what a gear ratio is, how to cure vapor lock and adjust rear toe. How about an architect? Would he design a bungalow or specify a mansard roof? A beautician would use words like double process, electrolysis, and use a Wahl clipper.
Speaking of language, an accent can be of use in your writing. Writing with a local accent can lend authenticity but it is best used sparingly. If the locals call a water fountain a bubbler, it could add to the spice of your writing.
Another way to help your locations to seem more authentic is to use real places. In Ireland, your character could protect Ulster at the Enniskillen castle. Or your setting could be near the Lakes of Killarney. In Alaska, watch eagles feasting on salmon at the flats of the Chilkat river in January. Find out more about their nesting and habitats. Research how eaglets are hatched and raised.