What’s Your IAQ?

IAQ, or Indoor Air Quality, is how good or bad the air quality inside a building is. The EPA estimates that indoor air is two to five times more polluted than outdoor air. It’s heavily influenced by furnishings and finishes that contain, and “outgas”, chemicals into our homes and places of work. These chemicals, some […]

LEED for Homes Popular in Seattle

Northwesterners are certainly fortunate when it comes to opportunities to own green homes. The new LEED-for-Homes program by the U.S. Green Building Council has encouraged several pilot projects in Washington State. Building green may not be new to Seattle, but now third-party verification and certification helps to solidify the concept. Take for instance, Cascade Built’s […]

Greenest Hotel Opens in U.S.

Green buildings are popping up everywhere, and hotels are no exception. The Proximity Hotel, the first luxury hotel to be awarded LEED Platinum status by the U.S. Green Building Council, opened it doors recently in Greensboro, NC. The 147-room hotel is expected to use 40% less energy and 30% less water than a conventionally-built, comparable […]

The Real Linoleum

Vinyl flooring that you find at home centers and flooring stores is sometimes mistakenly referred to as linoleum, when in actuality real linoleum is an environmentally friendly, natural product and vinyl is not.

SUBWAY Franchises Go Green

Not only has subway removed trans fats from its food offerings, but the restaurant chain has made a commitment to the environment by making changes to its packaging and distribution operations.  It also just opened its first Eco-Store in Kissimmee, Florida, with more in the pipeline.  Energy and water conservation are priorities for the new […]

New Uses for Old Skis

This is a really innovative business idea: turn used skis and snowboards, which are typically discarded by the ski industry every 2-3 years, into functional and interesting furniture and accessories! Vermont Ski Recyclers have done just that. They offer high quality chairs, tables, accessories, signs, and even CD shelving like the one pictured here.

Green Homes For The Middle Class

As we see the demand for greener homes increase, builders will deliver.  In Minnesota, a new townhouse complex was built to be more energy efficient, more sustainable and more affordable for the middle class.  E2 Cityhomes in South Minneapolis was built on the site of an apartment complex that had been a casualty of fire […]

Cut Your Energy Bills The Geothermal Way

Want year-round comfort in your home–and low utility bills and little maintenance? Geothermal systems are the answer for energy efficient, and quiet, heating and cooling, and for providing inexpensive hot water too.

Furniture Companies Seeing Green At High Point Market

Twice a year, furniture representatives head to North Carolina for the industry’s biggest trade show to see the latest offerings.  The green factor was presented at last month’s show to enlighten attendees about more sustainable furniture manufacturing.  From earth-friendly foam cushions to natural-fiber fabrics and use of reclaimed woods, green ideas abounded.  In 2008, finding […]

Portland Builders Being Forced to Go Green?

An interesting development in Portland, Oregon was revealed this week at GreenBuild. Even though the Northwest city is already one of the greenest in the U.S., builders of new houses that are not 30% more efficient than code, may be slapped with a carbon tax. On the other hand, those builders whose homes are at […]

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