Green Building

China Sees the Light…of Solar Power

China Sees the Light…of Solar Power

Although there are many factors at play when it comes to toxic materials that have been used to build homes, some of these materials have originated from China (Drywall to be specific). But you can’t blame the Chinese for investing in alternative energy as their government continues to sink millions […]

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

Reusing Materials from Building Demolitions

An industry we’d love to see grow is recycling materials from demolished buildings. In the past the ROI on sorting and recycling demo materials hasn’t made sense/cents but now that LEED certification can help the bottom line of a public building, more organizations are doing what they can to recycle […]

5 Energy Saving Tips from the Home Depot Foundation & Habitat for Humanity

5 Energy Saving Tips from the Home Depot Foundation & Habitat for Humanity

The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat for Humanity today announced the national expansion of Partners in Sustainable Building, a $30 million building program dedicated to greening more than 5,000 Habitat homes across the country. Below are five simple, inexpensive energy saving tips courtesy of The Home Depot Foundation and Habitat […]

An Illuminating Indoor Air Cleaner

An Illuminating Indoor Air Cleaner

According to the website for WellnessLight KIDS, This is no ordinary light bulb. It sure isn’t. Now that we are finally recognizing the dangers of indoor air pollution, it’s time we seek solutions to eliminate these dangers and the compact fluorescent lamp (CFL) from WellnessLight KIDS is a leap in […]

LEED Certified Homes for the Middle-Class?

This manufactured home built in Cobb County, Georgia is the first home of it’s type to get a platinum LEED certification. Once only thought to be available to the rich who can build custom homes with fancy and far-out green options, the builder New World Home has shown us that […]

Chinese Drywall Now Radioactive

Chinese Drywall Now Radioactive

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 […]

It’s Not Easy Being Green

It’s Not Easy Being Green

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 […]

What’s Important in Home Appraisal

What’s Important in Home Appraisal

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 […]

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

White Painted Roofs = Lower Energy Consumption

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. […]

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

I Can See Clearly Now, the Toxins are Gone

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 […]

8 Green Building Mistakes

8 Green Building Mistakes

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 […]

Forget Boxes, Go Recopack on Your Next Move

Forget Boxes, Go Recopack on Your Next Move

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 […]

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

Homebuilders Need an Extreme Home Makeover

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, […]

Giveaway Winner: Green in Harlem

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.

SIP Construction: Green Building Snake Oil?

SIP Construction: Green Building Snake Oil?

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 […]

Super Efficient Gas Furnaces Explained

Super Efficient Gas Furnaces Explained

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.

Green Opportunity

Green Opportunity

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.

Top 10 Green Building Materials 2008

Top 10 Green Building Materials 2008

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.