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DIY City Guide: Oakland & East Bay

DIY City Guide: Oakland & East Bay

The East Bay is chock full of DIY resources with everything from lumber, awesome hardware stores, educational resources and upcycled home supplies

Treehouse: The Green Home Improvement Center

Treehouse: The Green Home Improvement Center

It’s finally happened. The green building movement now has a retailer to call its own, Treehouse. Treehouse opened last week in Austin, TX and is the country’s first home improvement center that will sell only sustainable and healthy-living products. TreeHouse will carry a wide range of carefully selected merchandise including […]

Transform A Room With Smith & Fong’s Plyboo Neopolitan Flooring

Transform A Room With Smith & Fong’s Plyboo Neopolitan Flooring

There are so many things I love about blogging for C&H, and one of them includes browsing shelter magazines and websites for the latest and greatest products. Some of them are definitely splurge-worthy, but we can dream, can’t we? I’ve found the newest item to add to my wishlist. Smith […]

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 […]

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 […]

USGBC Announces Top 10 States For LEED Buildings

USGBC Announces Top 10 States For LEED Buildings

Who doesn’t love lists? To-do lists, top 10 lists (especially the David Letterman variety) — they’re informative and entertaining. So we’ve added a new list for your reading pleasure. The U.S. Green Building Council recently released their list of the top 10 states (including the District of Columbia) that have […]

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 […]

Preston Koerner of Jetson Green

Preston Koerner of Jetson Green

We’ve been avid fans of green building blog Jetson Green for a few years and it’s been great to see the site grow in popularity and influence. Founder, Preston Koerner, has always maintained a unique editorial voice that may be attributed to being based in Salt Lake City as well […]

Greenbuild 2010: Redefining Our Future

Greenbuild 2010: Redefining Our Future

Greenbuild 2010 takes over Chicago this week and we’ll be on the ground covering it from top to bottom. Colin Powell kicks off the conference and tradeshow as the featured keynote speaker and there will be over 1,000 manufacturers in attendance ready to present their sustainable products and services. Other […]

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 […]

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 […]

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases 2010 Home Design Trends

American Institute of Architects (AIA) Releases 2010 Home Design Trends

Despite a steep decline in home prices, the American Institute of Architects (AIA) reports that many homeowners are still choosing to invest money in their homes, especially for projects “that promote greater energy efficiency and accessibility throughout the home,” writes Kermit Baker, Hon. AIA. Top Home Design Trends for the […]

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 […]

This New House Is Definitely Green

This New House Is Definitely Green

This New House on the DIY Network could be called This Green House as they are showing a ton of green building materials and product. We finally caught up with about 3 episodes that had been sitting on our DVR and we were amazed with the work that the hosts […]

Convert A Silo With A-House-In-A-Can

Convert A Silo With A-House-In-A-Can

Improbable building materials? Building kits to create the one- or two-roomed house of your dreams? Unconventional building materials and kit homes are becoming increasingly popular, especially as homeowners embrace sustainability and, in some cases, downsizing. Thanks to a heads-up from BLDGBLOG, it appears the home evolution continues with a converted […]

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 […]

Get Creative With Unconventional Building Materials

Get Creative With Unconventional Building Materials

One of the most common ways to incorporate green building practices into a project is to adapt or reuse existing materials or entire structures. Although toxicity or structural integrity can sometimes be an issue, experts generally agree that reusing materials or buildings is less expensive — and more sustainable — […]