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Green Building

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

Beyond the plethora of magazines and websites that extol the virtues of living a greener lifestyle and one which not only is minimally invasive to the environment but also saves you energy which in turn saves you money, there are “experts” who will do home visits and review your energy […]

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

It’s been mentioned by the new Energy Secretary Steven Chu and supported by Barack Obama that if we were to paint 30 billion square feet of commercial roof space in the United States white, it would be the equivalent of taking 75 million cars off the road for a year. […]

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

In our ongoing quest to consider “greener” solutions to cleaning products that don’t leave a toxic residue or acidic odor, the New York Times has conducted a field test of numerous window cleaners. It turns out the water, vinegar, rubbing alcohol based cleaners was very effective and they also highly […]

8 Green Building Mistakes

8 Green Building Mistakes

Jetson Green has highlighted 5 Common Green Building Mistakes and we couldn’t agree more. They include: 1. Wasted Resources – use scraps where possible, save materials for other projects, or donate extras to reuse centers 2. Poorly Selected and Installed Insulation – use blown-in or spray foam insulation products to […]

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

Urbanologist William Olson foresees 3 changes that major home builders should make if they expect to succeed in the new world of tightened loans, green building, and smaller homes. The big builders are caught swimming upstream in a current that continues to pick up speed. Record losses, staggering overhead costs, […]

Giveaway Winner: Green in Harlem

Congratulations to Anthony from Green in Harlem for winning our giveaway for the Komelon tape measure from the DIY Network! Anthony’s houseblog is a great resource for tried and true green building methods as he attempts to restore and renovate a Brownstone in Harlem.

SIP Construction: Green Building Snake Oil?

SIP Construction: Green Building Snake Oil?

According to Kurt who is an exterior and traditional roofing restoration contractor, designer, new urbanist, the general public has been duped into the viability and necessity of green building and in particular how it relates to SIP construction. He makes a great argument for why sealed and climate controlled buildings […]

Super Efficient Gas Furnaces Explained

Super Efficient Gas Furnaces Explained

The SeattlePI.com explains the differences in the new super-efficient gas furnaces that are available today. It’s possible you could cut 40% off your energy bill which is a savings that anyone would welcome.

Green Opportunity

Green Opportunity

One of our favorite green building websites, Jetson Green, is seeking contributors. We’ve watched them grow this past year and are always impressed with their fresh content and pragmatic opinions on the green building movement.

Top 10 Green Building Materials 2008

Top 10 Green Building Materials 2008

The popular green building blog, Jetson Green, has posted the Top 10 Green Building Products as determined by Building Green. Featured above is the Suncache solar water heater.

Jetson Green on Green Blogs

Jetson Green on Green Blogs

Blogs that cover the niche of Green Building and eco-friendly materials have flourished within the past two years and recently Preston Koerner of Jetson Green participated in a panel with four other established “green” bloggers.

Modern Day Mountain Cabins

Modern Day Mountain Cabins

Contemporary homes can make the best mountain cabins. Set deep into nature, their clean lines accentuate a wild setting.

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

Save Money and Energy by NOT Replacing Windows

We’re always happy to see the latest newsletter from Bruce Irving in our email inbox and his latest edition doesn’t disappoint. He selects some of his favorite new products on the market but also weighs in on one of his pet peeves which is homeowners who spend big money to […]

Make Your Own Milk Paint

Make Your Own Milk Paint

Milk paint, also known as casein paint, has a long and fascinating history. In fact, the first known examples of milk paint – cave paintings – actually date back some 20,000 years. Here in the United States, milk paint is most often associated with antique Colonial-era and Shaker furniture, but […]

The Reuse Everything eXperiment Reuses Everything… Including the Kitchen Sink!

The Reuse Everything eXperiment Reuses Everything… Including the Kitchen Sink!

Oregon-based author and designer Shannon Quimby recently realized her dream of building an entire house “without a dumpster” — a project she dubbed the “Reuse Everything eXperiment.” By partnering with several leaders in the green-building movement, Quimby completely deconstructed a crumbling wreck of home in Southeast Portland and reused everything […]

Recycle Your Old Carpet

Recycle Your Old Carpet

Don’t just throw away your old carpet. Check out the Carpet America Recovery Effort and find locations to drop off your carpet for recycling. [via Shelterrific]

Cover the Earth…Outdated?

Cover the Earth…Outdated?

Back in the day I worked at Sherwin-Williams. Although I was familiar with the brand I had never recalled paying much attention to the logo. I remember after seeing it for the first time I was slightly appalled. The term “Cover the Earth” and accompanying image of paint being poured […]

Shipping Container Hotel

Shipping Container Hotel

Casasugar found this unique hotel built in London, England that uses shipping containers as building materials. The Travelodge hotel in London, opened on August 15, and was crafted from 86 steel containers in a modular construction project developed by Verbus Systems.

Green Building a Garden Shed

Green Building a Garden Shed

After reading this nice review of our site from Green Gate Ranch Remodel, we took some time to peruse their site and found a couple of great projects that are documented in an easy to follow step by step process.

Denim Insulation Installation

Denim Insulation Installation

Much has been written about alternative insulation materials and this houseblogger gives a thumbs up to denim insulation. They found it easy to use, easier to install, and effective.

Green Building Materials from Transmaterial

Green Building Materials from Transmaterial

The New York Times turned us onto Transmaterial, which is a green building website that focuses on innovative materials and green alternatives to traditional materials.