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  • 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…

  • Swiss Earth House

    Well, I’ve always wanted an underground lair. Luckily, I’ve found one that looks more pastoral than evil and gloomy. Made of concrete and earth, this Swiss estate is a cluster of…

  • Green Remodeling Tips From Sarah Susanka

    In 2008 author and architect Sarah Susanka published The Not So Big House: A Blueprint for the Way We Really Live and this year her follow up Not So Big Remodeling:…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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? Passive¬†homes are built…

  • 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…

  • Green Building Upgrades in New Homes

    If offering a chance to win Justin Bieber tickets wasn’t enough motivation to tour a new home development, more home builders are now touting “green” features in some of their models.…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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.…

  • Urban Warehouse Renovation

    In my recent issue of Natural Home, I fell in love with a revamped warehouse-turned-home in Chicago. I was most impressed with the home’s exterior elements. Outside is a greenhouse and…

  • 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…

  • Sustainable Dog Houses for Your Green Pet

    If you’re gonna go green when designing your home, you might as well do it for your pets too. Sustainable Pet creates unique pet homes that have vegetated roofs. These eco-roofs…

  • Adding An Outdoor Room

    I spotted these mini additions over at Remodelista and I think they’re a great idea if you’ve got the space. In lieu of an addition, Flexa Studio offers 10-by-12-foot prefab structures…

  • Build-It-Yourself Shelter and Building Kits

    Shelter-Kit produces kit buildings for “assembly by owners” with no prior building experience. Perfect for folks like myself whose only construction until recently had been assembling IKEA shelves. I think these…

  • An Unlikely Glass Garden Shed

    I am so glad that Treehugger spotted this garden shed in World Architecture News, called The Wendy House. I read about so many new green designs and eco-homes that it takes…

  • Going Green While Saving Green

    One of the hardest things I’ve come across in my own home renovation is the struggle between “going green” as much as possible and staying within a reasonable budget. Much beyond…

  • Are Modular Mansions Really Green?

    At one point, there was hope that the modular home craze would catch on. But most new buildings, like the modulars, have suffered since the crash of the housing market. According…