NJ Fairgrounds Adding a Touch of Green

The State Fairgrounds in scenic Sussex County, New Jersey will be home to a new energy efficient conservatory later this year. The $800,000 energy-efficient glass structure will be used for horticultural displays during the annual state fair, and house the Spring Fest and charity events during the off-season.

SIPs, Getting to the Core

Structural Insulated Panels (SIPS) are great energy savers in new construction, saving significant amounts in home energy use. Providing structure for walls, floors, ceilings and roofs, they go up quickly, saving labor costs, and provide a strong structure. Manufacturing of SIPs uses significantly less dimensional lumber and conserves timber resources. They create an airtight dwelling […]

New Certification Program for Lumber Dealers

LBM Journal, an educational source for the lumber and building materials industry has recently offered a “Certified Green Dealer” program.  The web-based program trains and certifies lumber dealers throughout the United States regarding green building techniques and products. Indiana-based Do it Best Corp., a $2.81 billion full-line, full-service buying cooperative for independent hardware, lumber, and […]

The Power of Thermal Mass

Thermal mass materials like stone or concrete floors have the ability to absorb and store energy from the sun. The advantage of integrating thermal mass in a home is reduced mechanical heating and cooling costs.

Albemarle Green Building Expo

Residents and building professionals are invited to attend the first ever Albemarle Green Building Seminar and Expo tomorrow, February 28 in Mateo, North Carolina.  The day long event will be held at the College of The Albemarle, Roanoke Island Campus. The event will focus on green building concepts with exhibits of the latest in green […]

Looking to Clear the Air in Your Home?

Is the air you breath inside your home making you sick? Indoor air is typically more polluted than the air outside due to synthetic, chemical-based cleaning products, paint and furnishings. Not only are these things detrimental to the health of your family, but also to the health of the environment. Check out Planet Green here […]

LL Bean Goes a Deeper Shade of Green

On Friday, I wrote a post about the challenge of greening the workplace. This morning, I came across an article touting the green efforts of the well-known outdoor apparel and equipment store, LL Bean. Upon further research, I learned that LL Bean makes it easy for its employees to have greener habits at work and […]

The West is Being Left in The Dust

It may have seemed dismal in the 1930’s when the great Dust Bowl storms in the western United States wreaked havoc on the land. Drought conditions and human activity are to blame for this extreme weather phenomenon. With the significant increase in misuse of the land over the past 150 years, like massive livestock grazing, […]

Recycling Efforts Help Rebuild New Orleans

The unique architectural heritage of New Orleans is being saved by the efforts of a local non-profit group called “The Green Project”. The organization helps with deconstruction efforts across the great old town and resells high-quality, salvaged building materials at affordable prices at its warehouse.

Survey Reveals Room for Improvement in Greening Workplace Habits

A recent poll of over 2000 workers by Harris Interactive revealed that Americans have better green habits at home than at work. People are more apt to conserve energy and recycle at home than they are in the workplace.

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