A few months ago we got word that the Consumer Product Safety Commission had issued warnings regarding the use of certain Chinese made drywall due to it’s smell, corrosive gases and ruining household systems such as air conditioners. Now some Chinese experts think these problems stem from the use of […]
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 […]
Home appraisals set the value for your home which may differ greatly from the fair market value but they are needed when refinancing or determining tax rates. Appraisers don’t need much time and according to One Project Closer these are the areas most important to your home’s value. * Kitchen […]
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. […]
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 […]
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 […]
RentaGreenBox.com claims to be “The First, Zero-Waste Pack and Move Solution in America!” What does this really mean? 20 percent of the American population packs and moves each year- generating massive quantities of waste, that ultimately ends up in a landfill. It’s a huge problem and we haven’t had a […]
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, […]
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.
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 […]
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.
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.
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.
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.
Contemporary homes can make the best mountain cabins. Set deep into nature, their clean lines accentuate a wild setting.
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 […]
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 […]
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 […]
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]
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 […]
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.