Green Construction = Maximum Efficiency + Savings

With rising energy prices and no end in site, it makes sense to build to maximum energy efficiency standards and reap the savings.  New technologies are making it easier for builders and remodeling homeowners to go green.

NYC Showroom for Green Office Interiors

If you’re looking for ideas for your commercial interior, a new Manhattan showroom displays functional, sustainable, and affordable furnishings. Haworth Inc., a designer and manufacturer of versatile work spaces, carved out the 30,000 square foot space in a 1923 building utilizing green practices and even earned LEED-Gold status by the U.S. Green Building Council. According […]

Safer Kid’s Furnishings

Safety is at the top of every parent’s list, but some may not realize that there are safer, and eco-friendly, alternatives to furnishings for children. An Illinois-based company, Skyline Design, offers a line of “GreenPlay” furnishings like tables, benches, shelving, and playspaces that are finished with zero- or very-low VOC paints. (VOCs are Volatile Organic […]

Options for Green Pre-Fab Homes

Power House Enterprises provides pre-fabricated single-family houses, “PowerPods”, and multi-unit housing that incorporate such green features as metal roofs, solar components, water-conserving fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, and eco-friendly materials.  Pre-fab is a much more efficient and less wasteful process than on-site construction. Check out Inhabitat’s article on these innovative homes.

Insurance Company Offers Discounts for Green Buildings

American International Group, AIG, is now offering insurance policy discounts, up to 10%, on their premiums for new Pollution Legal Liability (PLL) policies for buildings that are awarded LEED certification. LEED is a set of green building standards developed by the U.S. Green Building Council. Since green building practices incorporate environmentally-friendly materials and finishes, they […]

The Comfort and Joy of Radiant Floor Heating

Ahh, on a cold winter’s day, there’s nothing like being in a warm, comfortable room where the heating system is quiet and doesn’t spew allergens into the space. That’s the beauty of radiant flooring heating which rises up from underneath the floor to heat everything in the space efficiently and evenly. Each room is also […]

Seeking Shelter in the Sunshine State?

For all you Northeasterners (like me) looking for warmth, you can head on down to Florida where ICI Homes Inc. and General Electric Company are constructing 133 green homes. These “EFACTOR” homes are being built in Plantation Bay Golf & Country Club in Flagler County. Future homeowners will benefit from significant savings on energy and […]

Eco-Friendly Sound Barriers

Looking for peace and quiet? A great product called 440 Sound Barrier is perfect for residential and commercial settings where noise reduction between floors and walls is needed. Even do-it-yourselfers can install this product.

Michigan Becoming a Green Building Leader

Oregon takes the lead in the number of LEED certified green buildings, but California and now Michigan are gaining momentum. According to Freep.com, “A mass training effort [by Green Built Michigan] of at least 1000 builders and increasing awareness of the structures’ reasonable costs and energy-saving features is gearing up the state to go greener.”

No Solar Panels? No Wind Turbine? You Can Still Get Green Power!

Green Power is electricity generated by non-polluting, renewable energy sources like solar, wind, geothermal, methane gas, biomass, and hydro power. Just because you may not have those things in your backyard doesn’t mean you can’t get your electricity from greener, cleaner power sources.

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