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Houses

Welcome to the Richmond House: Lessons in Lighting and Feng Shui

Welcome to the Richmond House: Lessons in Lighting and Feng Shui

A newlywed couple share their lessons in lighting and Feng Shui as they transform their historic Richmond home.

Litehouse Living Brings Green Living Downtown

Litehouse Living Brings Green Living Downtown

Litehouse Living is a completely green venture hoping to bring eco-friendly living to a rejuvenated industrial setting.

Keep Your Cool–And Save Money–With A Cool Roof

Keep Your Cool–And Save Money–With A Cool Roof

If you want to lower your energy costs and make your home more energy-efficient, there are a lot of little steps you can take: switching to CFLs, installing a programmable thermostat and switching to low-flow faucets, for example. Yet there are some big steps you can take, too. Consider your […]

Our Favorite Picks From Sustainable Industries’ Top 10 Green Building Products

Our Favorite Picks From Sustainable Industries’ Top 10 Green Building Products

Who doesn’t love a good top 10 list? David Letterman, I’m looking at you! Product lists are especially helpful if you’re looking to branch out from your usual favorites. You probably have your eco-friendly mainstays like programmable thermostats, CFLs, VOC-free paint and EnergyStar appliances. If you’re looking to broaden your […]

Reduce VOCs In Your Home

Reduce VOCs In Your Home

When you hear the term VOC, you probably think of paint, right? Us, too. But the truth is that volatile organic compounds can be found in other substances besides paint. And you want to minimize them because they release gases into the air, which then contribute to air pollution. Yuck. […]

Unexpected Ways To Lower Your Energy Costs

Unexpected Ways To Lower Your Energy Costs

You probably know all of the common ways to reduce your energy consumption: regularly check for water leaks, keep lights off when not in use, don’t leave unused appliances plugged in, keep your HVAC filters clean. But what about sneaky ways that you could be losing energy without even knowing […]

Salvaged Highway Materials Used In Green Home

Salvaged Highway Materials Used In Green Home

One of the most effective ways to build green is to use salvaged materials. The great thing about salvage is it can be small (a piece of furniture, perhaps) or, in the case of this house, huge! “An entire section of highway” was recycled “in the construction of its core […]

Ohio’s First Passive House: The Walking Tour

Ohio’s First Passive House: The Walking Tour

In February we were invited to the Passive House in Yellow Springs, Ohio’s open house. Hosted by both the new owners and the building company, the event was a casual, yet incredibly informative adventure. The people at Green Generation Building have been generous enough to share the walking tour here […]

How An Energy Audit Can Save You Big Bucks

How An Energy Audit Can Save You Big Bucks

We’ve talked about energy audits before here at C&H–they’re a great option if you want to gauge your home’s energy efficiency. Audits also provide an ideal starting point if you’re planning on making your abode more eco-friendly. Energy audits focus on a few main areas, including air leaks, heating and […]

White Roofs Can Reduce Energy Costs

White Roofs Can Reduce Energy Costs

Painting building roofs white is a movement that’s slowly catching on in big cities. A light-colored roof reflects light, rather than absorbing it, a function that can significantly reduce energy costs. And when air conditioning use is decreased, the amount of carbon emissions released by the units falls, too. White […]

Habitat For Humanity Builds LEED-, Energy Star-Certified Homes

Habitat For Humanity Builds LEED-, Energy Star-Certified Homes

This post comes to you courtesy of the “warm fuzzies” department. Habitat for Humanity, one of the more recognized philanthropic organizations in the world, has long been known for its ongoing contribution to the homebuilding industry and those in need. And as the country’s collective focus continues to shift to […]

Ohio’s First Passive House: An Interview With Andrew Kline

Ohio’s First Passive House: An Interview With Andrew Kline

Back in the fall we shared with you the first Passive House in Ohio. Recently, after news that the house had been successfully completed and sold, we were able to sit down with Green Generations’ President Andrew Kline to take a closer look into everything that goes into a Passive […]

Owens Corning Fiberglass Insulation is (almost) Sustainable

Owens Corning Fiberglass Insulation is (almost) Sustainable

You know the ubiquitous pink fiberglass insulation? That’s Owens Corning and although everyone continues to seek out a better and more green insulation, fiberglass insulation isn’t going away anytime soon. Owens Corning isn’t sitting on their laurels as they continue to redevelop their product and is now one of the […]

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Hover House Unites Indoor, Outdoor Living

Going green has never been so stylish thanks to Hover Houses, created by Glen Irani Architects. The third in the series (pictured above), built on the Venice Canals in Los Angeles, continues a trend of “maximizing outdoor living environments by structurally ‘hovering’ the building envelope above the land,” according to […]

Ohio’s First Passive House

Ohio’s First Passive House

There’s a real-life green building trend coming to life in the Miami Valley. A brand-new local green construction company, Generation Green Building, is in the process of constructing Ohio’s first Passive House. According to the website, The Yellow Springs Passive House is nearly 1,800 square feet and encompasses three bedrooms, […]

October Is Green Building Month at C&H!

October Is Green Building Month at C&H!

I can’t believe how fast 2010 is flying by, but October is here — and at Charles & Hudson, that means the spotlight centers on all things green building. Green building, an all-encompassing terms that includes both environmentally friendly practices and eco-friendly materials, continues to increase in popularity as consumers […]

Is Residential LEED Certification Worth The Cost?

Is Residential LEED Certification Worth The Cost?

As green building practices continue to influence builders and contractors, many commercial buildings are now striving for LEED certification in order to designate a project’s sustainability. Residential certification is growing more slowly, however, as homeowners try to determine if the cost is a worthwhile investment. Most of the cost of […]

Green Home Design: Passive House

Green Home Design: Passive House

One of the trends in green home design is building Passive Houses as shown in an article last week in the New York Times, Can We Build in a Brighter Shade of Green?. Our friends at Jetson Green have been on top of this trend for awhile and have compiled […]

Treehouses Never Get Old

Treehouses Never Get Old

We love treehouses at C&H: in fact, the more luxurious or exotic, the better! So when I first spotted these new designs on Casa Sugar about German company Baumraum, I was excited. Craftsmen at the company include architects to tree experts when it comes time to pick a site and […]

The Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity Green Build Together

The Home Depot and Habitat for Humanity Green Build Together

The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity recently announced the national expansion of Partners in Sustainable Building (PSB), a five-year $30 million green building initiative that will help incorporate sustainable building practices in 5,000 green homes nationwide. More than 135 Habitat affiliates across 42 states will receive 3,000 for […]

Green Building Popularity on the Rise

Green Building Popularity on the Rise

Green building has become overwhelmingly popular, as consumers and contractors alike seek out environmentally friendly products and practices in the pursuit of sustainability. But just how pervasive is green building? Franklyn Carter of NPR.org writes that “green building now accounts for nearly one-third of new construction in the U.S.” This […]