Green Building

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.

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

Vertical Grain Wood Flooring

This houseblogger is going through the process of using salvaged flooring for their back porch. They will be using vertical grain fir tongue and groove flooring, like the original floor.

Bruce Irving puts Green Building in Perspective

Bruce Irving puts Green Building in Perspective

Our friend Bruce Irving who’s blazing his own trail and started a new industry in home remodeling, writes one of the most informative home improvement newsletters available. Here’s a excerpt from his latest where he’s shed some light on the hypocrisy of some green building techniques and offers his recommendations […]

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Don’t Dump–Donate!

Photo: courtesy of Habitat for Humanity-Kansas City As you begin a one-room or whole-house renovation, the thought of disposing of the excess of old furniture and building materials can be daunting. Yet there are options for smart disposal, and as a bonus, they’re environmentally friendly! As seen in the latest […]

Unbuild for an Eco-friendly Teardown Solution

Unbuild for an Eco-friendly Teardown Solution

This article from the Wall Street Journal offers the pros and cons of an “unbuild” instead of teardown. It’s still cheaper to demo everything and throw it away but much more satisfying to reuse old brick for a retaining wall or find uses for tile and stone in your new […]

Drainage Solution: Pervious Concrete

Drainage Solution: Pervious Concrete

The New York Times Green Issue highlighted Chicago’s use of pervious concrete in an ongoing project called Green Alley’s which is a renovation of the pavement in the cities alley space from impervious concrete to permeable concrete that is also high albedo.

Bamboo: Planet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

Bamboo: Planet-Friendly Hardwood Floors

If you’ve just got have hardwood floors but are battling with the eco-friendliness of the decision, we may have an answer for you: bamboo floors. Although the product involves cutting down grass, which is what bamboo really is, it is seen as planet friendly because it only takes up to […]

Installing a Ceiling Fan

Installing a Ceiling Fan

Photo: Courtesy of Hunter Prestige Collection National Geographic is among the latest magazines to ride the green wave with a new special interest issue: The Green Guide. Among articles that debate the merits of plastic bags vs. waxed paper for optimal sandwich carrying or suggestions for safer alternatives to bleach, […]

Dirt Houses aren’t Always Dirt Cheap

Dirt Houses aren’t Always Dirt Cheap

Some progressive homeowners have installed dirt floors but here’s an interesting article that takes natural building a step further and is all about about earthen construction and the movement towards building with dirt and non-toxic materials.

Benefits to Living Green during Tax Season

Benefits to Living Green during Tax Season

As tax deadlines approach, don’t get cheated out of breaks you’re entitled to for using energy efficient appliances in or outside your home. DSIREUSA.org is a resource, updated daily or as needed, that outlines state by state what incentives are out there for “green” families. Federal regulations are also available.

Straw Sticks and Bricks

Straw Sticks and Bricks

photo courtesy of Straw Sticks and Bricks After a frustrating search throughout the Midwest for construction materials needed for a straw bale home, Jen Carlson and Josh Shear founded Straw Sticks and Bricks in 2001. With show rooms in Omaha and Kansas City and nationwide delivery, the eco-friendly supplier has […]

Seeing Green

Seeing Green

What better way to pass a dreary winter weekend than with the March issue of Domino, which is bursting with tips and tricks for the home as part of the annual green issue. Environmentally friendly highlights include: *The green list, a comprehensive product guide for each room of your home […]

The Onion Reports on the Green Movement

The Onion Reports on the Green Movement

Green building and eco-friendly projects are gaining acceptance and becoming commonplace in communities around the world. The backlash is inevitable but its also good to maintain a sense of humor about what we are trying to accomplish when it comes to building sustainable structures and improving our way of life. […]

Barrel Living

Barrel Living

This elliptical house in Long Island takes a different approach to eco-friendly building that is similar in many ways to the goals of yurts and dome homes but with more of an artistic and cosmological bend.

Fans of Prefab head to MOMA this Summer

Fans of Prefab head to MOMA this Summer

In July 2008, MOMA in New York city will be presenting “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling“. MOMA has selected five architects from 400 to build a prefab home for this exhibit that will take place on a parking lot adjacent to MOMA on 53rd St.

BioHaven Floating Islands

BioHaven Floating Islands

If you’re looking for a way to enhance your pond or water element, then checkout these floating islands that promise to:

Advanced Wall Framing Techniquesfor a Greener Home

Advanced Wall Framing Techniques
for a Greener Home

Kathy Price-Robinson is the editor of a great blog called Pardon our Dust from the L.A. Times. She recently opened a discussion comparing standard framing techniques (2×4’s 16-inch on center) vs. advanced techniques (2×6’s 24-inch on center) that are generally considered more environmentally friendly. She polled two professional builders who […]

Al Gore Goes Green(er)

Al Gore Goes Green(er)

Regardless of what you think of Al Gore’s environmental initiatives, he has gone to great lengths to walk the walk while talking the talk. He was widely criticized for living in a large home (mansion to us) that left a huge carbon and waste footprint. Now according to the U.S. […]

Green Build Conference and Expo 2007

Green Build Conference and Expo 2007

Today the 7th annual Green Build conference kicks-off, where attendees learn how green building is transforming our communities, and how you can be a leader in this important movement. Some of the highlights will include an announcement by the U.S. Green Building Council of their new program LEED-for-Homes, which is […]