Determining the carbon footprint of your building project just got much easier than ever before, thanks to Green Footstep. Their aim is to free the global economy from dependence on fossil fuels. There’s no better time than in the planning stages to reduce the carbon emissions of your project and this tool gets it done.
An eco-friendly home includes environmentally friendly materials from the ground up (like roofing, flooring, lighting, painting materials, architectural styles)... in every room of the house (from kitchen countertops & backsplashes to bathroom toilets & showers)... plus energy-efficient appliances and equipment throughout (like solar panels, water heaters, etc). Here, homeowners are sharing their personal experiences with green home building & remodeling products, and the ways that ecofriendly items affect a home's ultimate cost and energy-efficiency.
Line drying your clothes on a clothesline may seem old fashioned but you must admit that it has lots of benefits that a dryer doesn’t offer. Don’t know what those benefits are?? Here are the Top 10 Reasons to Line Dry Your Clothes.
The Clayton Homes i-House is one of the latest prefab homes for consumers to choose from in an already crowded housing market. The difference here is all of the great green features that the i-house has to offer the buyer.
Buying a home that is ENERGY STAR labeled is a wise choice. It’s a win-win-win situation for homeowners, builders and the environment. Here is what it takes to qualify a home for the Energy Star label.
Damaged and junk windshields come to life once more through a unique process combining both art and science to create beautiful building products. Seeing is believing.
Lots of information on WaterSense labeled high-efficient toilets (HET’s). Performance is much improved over the early HET’s. There are also many more brands, styles and models of HET’s to choose from than ever before. Get out the checkbook! It’s time to save some water…and eventually recoup the expense and labor of the new toilet over the old one.
Recycled plastic lumber has many useful attributes such as being impermeable to water. But there are some disadvantages to go along with the advantages of this green building material. Find out what those assets and liabilities are right here.
Sustainable roofing choices are more abundant than ever before. Spend a few minutes finding out what is best suited for your green roofing solution.
Anyone who has ever considered photovoltaic cells knows that they are an enormous investment. If you’re considering photovoltaic cells, there are three factors that solar panel manufacturers like to ignore when talking about their product.
How green is cordwood building really? There are pros and cons and top reasons that you should be aware of to help you make your choice of green home building materials.
Here is an opportunity to voice your opinion and suggestions directly to the LEED Green Building Rating System Steering Committee. Don’t miss it! Are you in the market for a LEED Certified Green home? This ‘Green MLS’ is just the ticket.
Water conservation was a key factor in earning the HGTV Green Home the LEED Gold-level certification amongst the myriad of products, construction methods, materials and ideas that indeed makes this an excellent example of how to build a green home.
Cork flooring has many advantages that you may not have heard of before. Green home building has brought it to the forefront of flooring choices for eco-friendly homeowners but it’s been around for much, much longer for reasons that you may not have considered.
Hydronic radiant floor heating can make an enormous difference in the temperature of the flooring and consequently your home. While this green technology may work well, cost and practicality make this a difficult system to recommend to the average homeowner.
Solar powered attic vent fans can be a great way to save some money on cooling costs as well as support solar technology. Included is a great video featuring Tom Silva of This Old House that shows you how to install it yourself.
Looking for a Green Home? ListedGreen is a Green MLS that only lists green-certified homes in your area or worldwide…your choice.
Finger-jointed lumber is the home building industry’s answer to keeping lumber supplies at a reasonable cost while significantly minimizing waste with little or no loss in quality or architectural standards.
Refrigerated wall ovens, by Connect IO, are one of the most intelligent kitchen appliances ever engineered. Operates via standard touchtone phone or internet browser from anywhere on planet Earth. it also has a user-friendly touch screen interface to get the ball rolling.
Bamboo flooring has gained popularity in the past few years for good reason. It’s eco-friendly and it’s durable. There’s no reason to believe bamboo flooring won’t be around for years to come. Manufacturing techniques have made this material a great choice for flooring.
Cotton insulation is an eco-product worth considering in today’s construction market. It’s eco-friendly due to it being a recycled product and it has insulating characteristics that are comparable to fiberglass. Consider incorporating cotton insulation into your home building plans for its’ many advantages.
All of the constantly updated regional, state and federal incentives for renewable energy and energy efficiency links are right here. Look no further.
The HGTV 2008 Green Home has some great design features that anyone can incorporate into their next home building project to make their homesite a more sustainable one.
What is LEED and what’s it all about? It’s a national home building green standards program administered by the U.S. Green Building Council. Looking for a green building glossary? Got it handled.
Properly disposing of spent fluorescent light bulbs, CFL’s and HID bulbs is your responsibility. Learn where to recycle your old bulbs with these helpful links.
Forward-thinking Mellow Mushroom in Knoxville is on top of the curve by harnessing the sun’s energy with a solar panel array on their roof. It’s the very first restaurateur to do so in Knoxville. This post also provides everything a homeowner needs to know about generating your own clean energy.