Post Tagged with: "green building"

Dirt Houses aren’t Always Dirt Cheap

Dirt Houses aren’t Always Dirt Cheap

Some progressive homeowners have installed dirt floors but here’s an interesting article that takes natural building a step further and is all about about earthen construction and the movement towards building with dirt and non-toxic materials.

Benefits to Living Green during Tax Season

Benefits to Living Green during Tax Season

As tax deadlines approach, don’t get cheated out of breaks you’re entitled to for using energy efficient appliances in or outside your home. DSIREUSA.org is a resource, updated daily or as needed, that outlines state by state what incentives are out there for “green” families. Federal regulations are also available.

Straw Sticks and Bricks

Straw Sticks and Bricks

photo courtesy of Straw Sticks and Bricks After a frustrating search throughout the Midwest for construction materials needed for a straw bale home, Jen Carlson and Josh Shear founded Straw Sticks and Bricks in 2001. With show rooms in Omaha and Kansas City and nationwide delivery, the eco-friendly supplier has […]

Seeing Green

Seeing Green

What better way to pass a dreary winter weekend than with the March issue of Domino, which is bursting with tips and tricks for the home as part of the annual green issue. Environmentally friendly highlights include: *The green list, a comprehensive product guide for each room of your home […]

The Onion Reports on the Green Movement

The Onion Reports on the Green Movement

Green building and eco-friendly projects are gaining acceptance and becoming commonplace in communities around the world. The backlash is inevitable but its also good to maintain a sense of humor about what we are trying to accomplish when it comes to building sustainable structures and improving our way of life. […]

Barrel Living

Barrel Living

This elliptical house in Long Island takes a different approach to eco-friendly building that is similar in many ways to the goals of yurts and dome homes but with more of an artistic and cosmological bend.

Fans of Prefab head to MOMA this Summer

Fans of Prefab head to MOMA this Summer

In July 2008, MOMA in New York city will be presenting “Home Delivery: Fabricating the Modern Dwelling“. MOMA has selected five architects from 400 to build a prefab home for this exhibit that will take place on a parking lot adjacent to MOMA on 53rd St.

Advanced Wall Framing Techniquesfor a Greener Home

Advanced Wall Framing Techniques
for a Greener Home

Kathy Price-Robinson is the editor of a great blog called Pardon our Dust from the L.A. Times. She recently opened a discussion comparing standard framing techniques (2×4′s 16-inch on center) vs. advanced techniques (2×6′s 24-inch on center) that are generally considered more environmentally friendly. She polled two professional builders who […]

Al Gore Goes Green(er)

Al Gore Goes Green(er)

Regardless of what you think of Al Gore’s environmental initiatives, he has gone to great lengths to walk the walk while talking the talk. He was widely criticized for living in a large home (mansion to us) that left a huge carbon and waste footprint. Now according to the U.S. […]

Green Build Conference and Expo 2007

Green Build Conference and Expo 2007

Today the 7th annual Green Build conference kicks-off, where attendees learn how green building is transforming our communities, and how you can be a leader in this important movement. Some of the highlights will include an announcement by the U.S. Green Building Council of their new program LEED-for-Homes, which is […]

Trombe Walls and Wind Turbines are Good for the Environment but Tough on the Wallet

Trombe Walls and Wind Turbines are Good for the Environment but Tough on the Wallet

This couple built their eco-friendly dream home that includes all the bells-and-whistles when it comes to environmentally conscious materials and design. But their fervor for living “green” hasn’t come cheap. There are less expensive alternatives to every solution they chose but if money were no object this house project would […]

A Compilation of Green Building Videos

A Compilation of Green Building Videos

Jetson Green has built a Green Building video player that combines their favorite green videos from YouTube. You can watch all 17 in a row and let them know if you like the player and they’ll continue to update it.

Eco-Dome Homes

Eco-Dome Homes

Straight from Tatooine comes the Eco-Dome (small house, “moon-cocoon”).

Apartment Therapy’s Green Home

Apartment Therapy’s Green Home

Apartment Therapy, the authority in organizing and decorating your small home, has just launched their Green Home. There’s some good stuff here that doesn’t require a small home or apartment to implement. Saving water, storing bicycles, and green cleaning products, are just a few of the interesting posts we’ve read […]

Green Building 101 from Inhabitat

Green Building 101 from Inhabitat

Time for a lesson in Green Building from Inhabitat. Read on for one of the best online tutorials of green building from a site that is “devoted to the future of design, tracking the innovations in technology, practices and materials that are pushing architecture and home design towards a smarter […]

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Chemical-Free Swimming Pools

Flipping the script on what backyard pools should be, Mick Hilleary of Total Habitat, has introduced America to a more natural way of keeping a pool clean that doesn’t involve chemicals. Natural swimming pools originated in Europe about 20 years ago but haven’t picked up here in the states. Mick […]

Dirt Floors

Dirt Floors

In keeping with the “green” theme this week, the NY Times takes eco-friendly flooring to the next step, or shall I say below the step. Dirt floors were installed by this couple in their El Cerritos, CA home and they love it. The dirt is mixed with lime and sand […]

Green Insulation Options

Green Insulation Options

Making your home more energy efficient is the single most eco-friendly improvement that you can do. Why not start with your insulation. Whether you already have standard fiberglass insulation or not, there are now “green” insulation options that are healthier for you, are little to no impact on the environment, […]