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 […]
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 […]
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.
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 […]
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, […]
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.
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.
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 […]
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 […]
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. […]
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.
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.
If you’re looking for a way to enhance your pond or water element, then checkout these floating islands that promise to:
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 […]
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. […]
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 […]
To achieve a textured and vibrant look similar to buildings found throughout Europe, our friend recommends using natural ochres and oxides and recommends their use with milk paint to achieve that perfect patina. The Environmental Home Center located in Seattle, WA has an assortment of these products that are also […]
In an effort to act locally and reuse the resources we have, some homeowners have turned to greywater technology to replenish the non-potable (not approved for drinking) water in their homes. The AQUS System from WaterSaver Technologies takes used water from your sink and filters and disinfects it so it […]
Today we join Houseblogs.net and many others in Blog Action Day, to bring attention to our environment and what we can do to improve it. Check out our latest green building posts as well as a little tip we posted on ReadyMade.
The Live Building at Queens College in Kingston, Ontario is a green building lab that was built to show how sustainable practices can be incorporated into building design. Our favorite feature of this building is the Biowall. Three stories high, the acts as a biofilter and a central aesthetic feature […]
From the Building a timberframe home from scratch blog we’ve found a great posting of how they used scraps and leftovers from their slate roof installation to tile their bathroom and sunroom. With the help of a wet saw they were on their way. This is a great example of […]
Here’s a weekend project that can teach you some principles of sustainable living by building your very own solar water heater.