Farah Ahmad / Farah Naz Ahmad was born in New York City and holds a Bachelor of Architecture degree from The City College of New York. She is a LEED Accredited Professional in Building Design + Construction. Her career goal is to make an impact on the field of sustainability in design and construction. Her past roles as President of CCNY's American Institute of Architecture Students and as a team leader for the US Department of Energy Solar Decathlon have increased her passion for eco-friendly design.
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CCNY's Solar Decathlon entry finds a permanent home.

The ACE Mentor Program and U.S. Green Building Council inspire future designers to go green

Over the past 5 years the ACE Mentor Program (ACE) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) have collaborated to stimulate aspiring design and construction industry professionals to pursue careers in the industry and to go green. ACE (www.acementor.org) is...

Revisiting the Solar Decathlon

I began my Proud Green Home blog chronicling the journey of The City College of New York’s 2011 Solar Decathlon entry. Ever since, I have continued contributing to an organization which raises awareness in all aspects of residential sustainability, creating...

Inspired at Greenbuild

"Sustainability has to be a key goal for building strong at home again. Green builders are an integral part of getting the country on the right path to what Americans deserve." Hillary Clinton’s words of truth rang loudly through the...

Storage critical for growth of solar energy use

New York’s unprecedented Superstorm Sandy stranded millions across New York City in a dynamic blackout, forcing its victims to survive months without basic utilities. Staten Islanders were powerless— a state of helplessness lit in the darkness only by some glimmer of hope.

Time to tackle sick building syndrome

Envision a phantom phenomenon that could be taking place inside the crevices of your own personal space. An uninvited and unwelcome mysterious guest that has yet to be fully uncovered, "sick building syndrome" is the diagnosis used to link building...

How does LEED for Homes compare?

LEED for Homes is one of several nationally recognized green home programs. In case you’re not familiar with it, LEED is a voluntary third party certification program in which buildings are assessed on a variety of factors for their measure...

A look at LEED for Homes

LEED has become quite the hot topic, drawing praise and criticism alike. What is LEED? LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a third party certification developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, and is voluntary and market-driven....

Going green in the new year

It's easy to make 2013 your most sustainable year yet. How about making a New Year's resolution to contribute your part to this planet and re-use some wonderful eco-friendly products around your home? There are plenty of ways to re-use...

5 ways hiring an architect will improve your homebuilding experience

An architect is the master of all trades. Architects spend so much time and effort obtaining their license to learn and conquer many project components.

Achieve higher building performance with retrofits

Retrofits, or upgrades to existing buildings, enhance environmental performance through cost-effective solutions. There are several means to updating a building's current state, in order to rejuvenate it into a more green-adapting promise for the future. Equipment that has sustained the...

What is the future of solar power for homes?

The future of solar powered home is as bright as the sun, as new government policies and commercial applications make it easier for homeowners to integrate clean energy into their homes. The solar electric market, including photovoltaic panels, is expected...

Does traditional feng shui have an implication for green buildings?

The ancient practice of feng shui holds a vast potential for the future of sustainability. Feng shui is beneficial for the internal spaces of a building — the interior environment and its people — as well as its surroundings, holding great implication for sustainability in the overall environment.

Five biggest home building trends

The past year has brought on many eco-conscious home innovations, some of which you may consider adapting when purchasing or innovating your own living environment. Modular construction The ability to build in modules, or components, saves construction time and cost....

Tips to prepare home for spring

With the spring weather coming, it may be getting warmer and that means you need to save on cooling costs. There are a few ways to be both energy and cost efficient for the upcoming spring season: Clean your AC...

Measure twice, cut once

With my experience building a solar powered home for the Solar Decathlon 2011, I can't stress enough the importance of maintaining a clean building site. You will save yourself a migraine, and become more time, energy and cost efficient by...

Solar decathlon biggest trend of the year

The biggest news trend of the year was the Solar Decathlon 2011 competition. It brought together 19 collegiate teams from around the world, and challenged them to design, build, and operate a solar-powered home! Thousands of visitors came to Washington...

Go green and save environment with gifts

Want to go green, save the environment, and transform the interiors of your home? Check out TreeHugger for some neat finds! You'll be able to match the interest of any of your friends, from those who love food or fashion...

How to improve home lighting efficiency

How can I increase efficiency in my home's lighting? Want to help the environment, and save electrical energy and cost? By relying less on the strained power grid of your own city, you can do so! A few procedures will...

Why you should live in a green home

There are many benefits associated with living in a green home and they can be separated into three main topics: Economic Benefits: Durable materials last a long time — not only are they sustainable, but they save the cost of...

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