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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 […]

KC Shipping Container Home Is Eco-Friendly

KC Shipping Container Home Is Eco-Friendly

Debbie Glassberg, a Kansas City resident and toy designer, has been the talk of the town since construction began on her modern, eco-friendly home made entirely of steel shipping containers. The building process began in early 2009 after the containers arrived from China, with Glassberg and her boyfriend serving as […]

Can Earthships Solve Haiti’s Housing?

Can Earthships Solve Haiti’s Housing?

This is one way to solve a housing crisis. Using discarded tires and bottles to create walls of a home. Architect Michael Reynolds has applied this green building construction technique to more than 1,000 homes and thinks it will be the answer to rebuilding Haiti. He calls his homes “Earthships” […]

Can You Live in a Passive Home?

Can You Live in a Passive Home?

I recently read an article on Treehugger about the successful completion of a passive house in the south. A passive house you say? What the heck is that? These homes are built without a furnace. They rely on insulation and sunshine to keep it toasty and warm. In the summer […]

Empire State Building Goes Green

Empire State Building Goes Green

Big news – literally. USA Today reports that the Empire State Building is going green, one window at a time. As part of an effort to go green, the 6,514 double hung windows are being replaced one at a time in order to save about $4.4 million a year in […]

What The Heck Is Rurbalization?

What The Heck Is Rurbalization?

You may have heard this term before. It’s also been called “the new urbanism” or “agrarian urbanism”. The idea is that city neighborhoods could be built and restructured in order to be self-sustainable, a harmonious blend of urban and rural. Daniel Nairn wrote a compelling article about the concept over […]

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

Can You Live in 220 Square Feet?

A lot of design in green homes often raises the question – how much space do we really need? Architect Michael Katz and designer Janet Corne offer the L41 (“all for one”) that squeezes everything you need into 220 square feet of awesomeness. According to Treehugger, Katz didn’t intend to […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Laundry Rooms

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Laundry Rooms

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]

Green Building Hawaiian Style

Green Building Hawaiian Style

We’re in Maui this week checking out a few green building projects that will all meet various residential needs achieved in different ways. Hawaii has always been a leader in eco-friendly building projects and protecting the environment for future generations has always been a priority here. This week we will […]

Does LEED Certification Lead to Toxic Air?

Does LEED Certification Lead to Toxic Air?

As builders and developers rush to attain LEED accreditation for their new homes, some wonder if the LEED certifications need to be amended to allow for testing of indoor air quality. Tom Silva of This Old house always stressed the air exchange within a home. Keeping a home energy efficient […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Home Offices, Libraries, & Craft Rooms

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Home Offices, Libraries, & Craft Rooms

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Kids’ Spaces

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Kids’ Spaces

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Bathrooms

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Bathrooms

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Bedrooms

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Bedrooms

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

Recycling Materials from Teardowns

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 […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Kitchens

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Kitchens

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]

Save Water – Build a Rain Barrel

Save Water – Build a Rain Barrel

In honor of a little holiday called le jour de la monde, also known as “earth day”, let’s talk rain barrels. Here’s how to make your own: 1. Purchase a plastic 55 gallon barrel and avoid anything that once held toxic items, like cleaning products. 2. Install an overflow at […]

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Dining Rooms

Going Green, Simple and Cheap: Dining Rooms

Many people are completely intimidated by the concept of going green. It really feels like if you don’t start using a rain barrel, install solar panels on your roof, eat, drink and breathe 1000% organic, and compost every living thing under the sun, you’re a failure. But I’m here to […]