World’s First Green Airplane Hanger

Construction of Hangar 25 at the Bob Hope Airport in Burbank, California was built to high performance, sustainable design standards.  Now complete, the new facility is the first of its kind in the world to earn the U.S. Green Building Council’s highest award — LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum certification.

Eco-friendly Slate Roof Series, Part IV

So far in my series on slate roofing, I’ve covered genuine slate, recycled rubber and plastic ‘slate’, and recycled metal ‘slate’.  The fourth option to achieve a slate look is with authentic clay tiles which are completely recyclable at the end of their long, useful life. Those made by California-based US Tile, called ProSlate clay […]

Light up the Night with Solar-Powered Holiday Lights

Now you can eliminate higher electric bills, the hassle of stringing together extension cords, and finding outside power outlets for your holiday lights with these cool solar powered ones! During the day, the small attached solar panels soak up the sun and automatically power these holiday decorations at night. Most of the solar panels take […]

A Breath of Fresh Air: Energy and Heat Recovery Ventilators

Residential Energy Recovery Ventilator (ERVs) and Heat Recovery Ventilators (HRVs) are efficient mechanical ventilation systems that bring fresh air into and remove stale air from a home to improve indoor air quality. Since indoor air is typically several times more polluted than outdoor air, ventilation is certainly beneficial.

Windows, Part III: Wood Frames

In Part I of my series on windows, I covered efficient Low-E coatings, and in Part II, the NFRC label, which is helpful in comparing different windows. Today, I’ll begin discussing the options and advantages of various window frame materials beginning with wood. Other frame materials include aluminum, composite, fiberglass, and vinyl. The type of […]

Build Character into Your Next Project with Reclaimed Wood

Looking to make your next woodworking project extra special? By building with reclaimed wood, your project will obtain instant character and beauty. Whether reclaimed wood is sourced from historic buildings and barns, old wine barrels, or even from the bottom of lakes and rivers, it reveals a rich patina when it is re-milled for its […]

Save Energy & Money with Tankless Water Heaters

Tankless water heaters, also known as demand or instantaneous water heaters, provide hot water only as it is needed.  Conventional water heaters that use a tank for storage produce standby energy losses, but tankless water heaters save you money by heating water only when you need it.

Windows, Part II: The NFRC Label

In Part I of my series on windows, I talked about low-E coatings which enhance a window’s efficiency. Today, I’ll discuss the NFRC (National Fenestration Rating Council) label which appears on all products certified by the third-party, non-profit, and on all window, door, and skylight products rated by ENERGY STAR®. The NFRC label provides detailed […]

Backyard Wind Turbines

The government wants you to generate clean, green power! This past October, a 30% federal tax credit (not to exceed $4,000) was signed into law that makes the cost of installing a small wind system more affordable for owners of homes, businesses and farms. Many U.S. states have rebate or tax credit programs in place […]

Could Going Green Lower School Taxes?

My answer to this question is, “Why not?!” If green measures, such as energy and water conservation, are incorporated into existing schools and those under construction, the payback period for such implementations will be a few short years. The savings, on the other hand, will be significant and continue to save money for school districts […]

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