Why Demo When You Can De-Construct?

Renovating an old house? Whether you’re concerned about landfilling what comes out of your house, or looking to add some character with a new treasure, there are numerous nonprofit organizations and businesses dedicated to salvaging building materials otherwise destined for the landfill. You might even have one in your own neighborhood.

Recycled Content Drywall

If you’ve ever been to a construction site when the drywall is going up, or a demolition site when the drywall is coming down, you’ve seen just how much waste is generated. In the U.S. alone, we use 30 billion square feet per year with significant amounts ending up in the landfill.

PBS Series on Architecture and the Environment

PBS has a great 6-part series called Design:e2 featuring eco-friendly architecture and the impact that our buildings have on the environment. It was filmed in high-definition and narrated by Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman. Check your local listings here. Sounds like time well spent to me!

See the Light, Get a GreenSwitch

I was intrigued last night while watching “Living With Ed” on HGTV when they mentioned something called a GreenSwitch. It’s a simple way to turn off all those phantom power users, like the t.v., computer monitor, and heating system, when you’re away from home or at bedtime.

Increased Humidity, Another Global Warming Consequence

If this summer seemed to be more humid than you remembered years ago, it’s because it was.  According to the journal, Nature, “the amount of moisture in the air near the surface increased 2.2% in just under 3 decades.”  MSNBC’s recent article on the subject states that “Climate scientists have now seen the man-made fingerprint […]

What’s the greenest home insulation?

We all know that a well insulated building is a comfortable, energy-saving one, but you may not be aware that there are some greener options out there for insulation. Find out how much insulation your home needs through the Department of Energy’s site here. We thought we’d compare 4 of the more green types here:

D.C. Solar Decathlon Begins

Why not get out and enjoy the crisp autumn weather and tour the solar powered houses designed and built by college students participating in the Solar Decathlon competition? The event takes place on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. from October 12 through the 20th. Pictured here is the vision of the Penn State team.

Solar Powered Homes in Demand

The buzz around the recent Solar Power 2007 conference in California was that despite a slowing housing market, houses with solar panels are in demand.  Federal and state tax incentives for solar power is helping to get over that pesky problem of shelling out thousands of dollars per system. 

Save Money on Energy Star Products

We try to keep our eyes on the lookout for ways to conserve energy and save you money. Now through October 17 at the Home Depot, you can save 10% on Select Energy Star products, like appliances, lighting, windows, and doors. Lowes can do one better, at least for Energy Star rated ceiling fans and […]

What Are VOCs and Why Are They In My Paint?

VOCs, or Volatile Organic Compounds, are not healthy despite the word “organic” in there.  They are binders used in paints and they offgas into your home, compromising the air quality, for years.  Finally the paint industry is offering paints, that work just as well, with much lower levels of VOCs or none at all. Another […]

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