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Rain Harvesting Quick Facts

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As I write this blog post, I'm hunkered down at a coffee shop next to a window, watching the April Showers come down.  While the rain will help those tulips bloom, there is even a better way to make use of the rain.  Collect it and reuse it!

Here are some rain harvesting quick facts:... read more

How to Plan Your Green Home-Building Project

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When we decided to make our new home green-friendly, my wife and I were curious whether we'd be able to balance a sustainable building with a visually attractive and cohesive home plan. Although it took navigating through some obstacles, we eventually came up with a plan that featured the perfect fusion of environmental responsibility, resource efficiency and a flat-out good-looking home. We couldn’t be happier.

Green building is a very buzzed-about topic for good reason. As nonrenewable energy sources are depleted and energy costs skyrocket, homeowners pursuing green building are not only thinking for the present, but also for the future. The future of nonrenewable energy sources is bleak, so it’s best to prepare. Building a green home is far from a straightforward task, though, so the tips below are well worth keeping in mind:... read more

Earth-Friendly Abode: Four Ways to Build a Greener Home

Whether it’s used to describe an action — such as swapping plastic bags for reusable ones when you shop — or a product that’s been mindfully harvested or created, the term “green” is everywhere these days. One place that might not get the green seal of approval, though, is your home. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to turn that around. Below are four ways to build a greener home, whether you’re doing so from the ground-up or transforming an older dwelling into an earth-friendly one.... read more

Green Renovations and Asbestos Removal

Home renovations – whether DIY or professionally contracted – require a significant amount of planning and foresight. Most homeowners put plenty of effort into choosing a design and crafting a budget – but there’s one consideration that’s drastically undervalued: preventing asbestos exposure during the remodel. 

While we’ve talked extensively about the natural origins of the carcinogen, we’ve spent little time discussing the ways that we can encounter it during everyday life. Most exposures occur in the workplace – but for those whose residences were built before the 1980s, exposures can occur at home as well.... read more

What's a Green Roof?

A "green roof," simply put, is a roof that has been turned into a garden. Unlike a simple "rooftop garden," where the garden is in containers or only takes up a small patch of the roof, with a green roof, the garden covers the entire roof. The roof gets sealed and covered with a waterproof membrane, something that facilitates vegetation (like soil) is spread and vegetation gets planted. Some people choose to build rooftop ponds to help them treat their grey water. This is another type of green roof.


You know you want one!... read more

Top 10 Green Building Trends for the Year

It wasn't all that long ago that eco-friendly projects consisted of little more than turning off lights and recycling aluminum cans. But these days, eco-friendly projects are exploding all over the world. In fact, we've reached the point where environmentally-friendly processes are being factored into buildings before they are built.



Here are ten of the hottest green building trends going on right now:

    1. Eco-friendly certifications will become the rule, not the exception.

      In fact, the ENERGYSTAR and LEED certifications of buildings is already so commonplace that it doesn't really provide any advantage in the marketplace. Like UL certifications for power cords and electrical products, consumers are starting to assume that buildings should have green certifications.

 

    1. Net-zero energy buildings are the new "green."

      There has been an uptick in the practice of designing and constructing buildings that produce no net annual carbon emissions and use zero annual net energy consumption. Ultra-efficient climate control systems, eco-friendly designs, and energy saving are usually included in net-zero energy buildings.... read more

Eco-Friendly Advantages of Metal Roofing

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Although metal roofing has been around for hundreds of years, the concept has only recently gained traction among folks who care about humanity's impact on the environment. In addition to its obvious financial and practical benefits, metal roofing has a number of attributes that conspire to make it a particularly eco-friendly construction material.... read more

Celebrities Who Try to Build Green

celebrity green housesIn addition to a privileged zip code, the ultimate expression of success may now include a commitment to “building green.” 

The smart-celeb- set including Orlando Bloom, Brad Pitt, and Johnny Depp insist on the use of recycled materials and “off the grid” energy solutions. The rich and famous now compete to achieve the coolest eco-friendly environments while addressing major pollutants such as asphalt-shingle waste in roof replacements and grey-water waste. 

Green building improvements are rapidly challenging traditional ostentation and decor as a new hallmark of power and prosperity. Home renovation advocates compete to build sustainable mansions for eco-friendly stars with features like living roofs and radiant geo-thermal heating. Eco-friendly values and resource-efficient building methods have come to define design, construction, maintenance, renovation, and deconstruction of new and existing structures. ... read more

Why steel buildings are green

As research continues, we are more aware about green issues than ever before. For this reason, a large majority of people have made changes to the way that they live to ensure that they are being more energy efficient. Some people care about the impact on the environment, while others are more concerned about the financial benefits of being green. However, regardless of the reasoning, using steel in construction is just one of the things that can be done to make a difference. In fact, there are a number of reasons why this is a much better material to use than many of the others from an environmental perspective. Here, we will explore many of the reasons why steel buildings are green. 

It is important to understand that steel buildings are much more sustainable. One of the main issues that the planet is facing at the moment is the fact that we are losing too many trees, which is obviously not an issue with steel. When using this material, there is hardly any waste because all steel is manufactured based on the project that is taking place. Therefore, you can be sure that you are ordering the right amount with a steel building.... read more

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