Green Building

Las Vegas City Center is Boom Boom Pow

Las Vegas City Center is Boom Boom Pow

While attending CES last week we took a brief diversion to checkout the newest addition to the Las Vegas skyline, City Center, which bills itself as “Capital of the New World”. That’s quite a boast in a city built on big claims but after walking through Crystals (only 40% occupied), […]

California Goes All-In on Green Building

California Goes All-In on Green Building

Today California approved a building code that is the most aggressive eco-friendly statewide code in the US. “Calgreen” won by unanimous approval by the state and will take effect in 2011. All homes, hospitals, schools and shopping malls must abide by this code. Highlights include: Builders must divert 50% of […]

House Blog Highlight: A House By The Park

House Blog Highlight: A House By The Park

Seattle, one of our favorite (and we feel most underrated) cities in the world, has an enormous amount of interesting homes and a plethora of DIY resources. From luxury houseboats to modern and modest bungalows there are homes of every taste and many are gorgeous and green. There also plenty […]

Home Depot Energy Audits are Free

Home Depot Energy Audits are Free

Home Depot won’t come into your home to perform an energy audit, but with the Cash for Caulkers program a go they should consider it. Hey if President Obama delivered a speech from our store we’d do what we can to capitalize on that. Home Depot is doing their part […]

Home Star – Cash for Caulkers is a Go!

Home Star – Cash for Caulkers is a Go!

It’s official the Cash for Caulkers program is a go. Today while speaking at the Brookings Institute, President Obama announced that new spending is required to give the economy another push. The new plan would cut taxes on small businesses, increase spending on infrastructure and offer new rebates to reward […]

Reading the Fine Print in the American Clean Energy and Security Act

Reading the Fine Print in the American Clean Energy and Security Act

We read this letter regarding the American Clean Energy and Security Act to the Mesquite Local News and thought it deserved a partial re-print The American Clean Energy and Security Act of 2009, HR 2454 (Cap & Trade), has passed the House of Representatives and is now in the Senate […]

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Tips to Remove Lead Paint Safely

Old homes are not the only ones likely to be contaminated with lead paint. Any home built before 1980 should have it’s interior and exterior paint tested for lead. The older the home the more likely a significant amount of lead was used in the paint. In the mid-19th-century lead […]

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Top 10 Green Building Products 2009

Jetson Green has tipped us to BuildingGreen’s Top 10 list of green building products for 2009. They breakdown their choices with a brief description, why it’s green and what level of LEED credit relevance it’s been awarded. One of our favorites is the Pozzotive Plus CMUs and Concrete Brick from […]

Scrap Wood to Awesome Table

Scrap Wood to Awesome Table

Re-Nest turned us onto this amazing DIY table built from scraps of wood gathered from an industrial area of decaying buildings. With the help of some friends a little know-how this table is now ready to serve Thanksgiving dinner for 10. Only tools needed are: a table saw, a circular […]

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Know Your Options When Insulating a Basement

Why not take advantage of the available square footage in your basement and not just leave it as a storage room. By finishing out a basement or at least insulating it, you’ll be able to enjoy more of your home as well as save energy. One Project Closer went through […]

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

Welcome Aboard Your Repurposed Train Car Home

In the ongoing quest to recycle and structures for use as live/work spaces, these train cars have followed the lead of re-purposed shipping containers and are now being transformed into permanent living structures.

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

3 Easy Lawn Care Tips

Our interview with Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care was eye-opening and he left us with 3 invaluable lawn care tips that we wanted to highlight again. His primary mantra sounds like common sense but is more difficult to achieve than you realize and that is to, fight weeds […]

Kelly Giard – Clean Air Lawn Care

Kelly Giard – Clean Air Lawn Care

We’re always inspired by entrepreneurs who see an opportunity that aligns with their passion and dive right in. Kelly Giard of Clean Air Lawn Care fits that description and has been recognized by Entrepreneur Magazine as a finalist in their Emerging Entrepreneur of 2009 contest. Launched in 2006, Clean Air […]

The Bathroom Reinvented: Turning to Greywater

Close loop water systems are sustainable and a major step in water conservation. Ecologist Brent Bucknum, principal of Hyphae Design Lab in Oakland, California, shares the ABC’s of re-routing a home’s waste water (greywater) to sustainably irrigate gardens and other green spaces. He takes us from his live/work space in […]

Concrete Slab Flooring – Spice it Up

Solar Tiles are Replacing Panels and Look Much Better

Solar Tiles are Replacing Panels and Look Much Better

The bulky solar panels used to be your only option when considering harnessing solar power. You either had to have the proper roof space or ground space to place these panels Two new companies are integrating photovoltaics into smaller and more aesthetically pleasing roofing materials such as terra cotta roofing […]

Considering Wind Energy? Read on for the Facts

Considering Wind Energy? Read on for the Facts

Exploring alternative energy sources is an important issue our society is facing but as a homeowner what can you do now to reduce your energy bill and possibly even get off the grid? Solar power is one of the more common sources of alternative energy but another natural source albeit […]

An iPhone App You Wood Want

An iPhone App You Wood Want

iPhone apps for the remodeling and diy enthusiast are plentiful. There’s an app to pick a paint color and an app to level a shelf but we recently got a handy new app that is more educational than gimmick. This app from Double Dog Studios is a reference guide for […]