Tour Green Homes in North Carolina this Fall

Looking for something fun and interesting to do on Saturdays next month in the Tar Heel state?  The North Carolina Sustainable Energy Association will once again host its annual Green Building & Solar Tour, in which everyday citizens can get a first-hand look at a wide variety of earth-friendly homes, buildings and renewable energy projects. […]

Tour Innovative Homes at the Solar Decathlon

In this exciting event, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy, 20 college and university teams compete to design, build, and operate the most attractive and efficient solar-powered house.  The homes are solely powered by the sun and are prime examples of the latest renewable energy technologies and artful design.  They will be displayed on […]

Surplus, Salvaged and Green Building Materials

Planning a weekend home improvement or remodeling project?  It’s a perfect opportunity to use salvaged and surplus building materials.  Green building warehouses and architectural salvage yards are popping up across the country and are full of interesting, new and used items.  These building elements have been donated by local businesses and residents, as well as […]

National Solar Tour

This fall, sustainable homes and buildings across the country will be open for touring as part of the American Solar Energy Society’s annual event.  Attendees will see first-hand how energy efficiency, renewable energy, and green remodeling, can help reduce monthly utility bills, support energy independence, protect against power outages, and reduce carbon emissions.  Here’s your […]

Boston Home to Serve as a Green Model

Its size alone may be considered extreme by many people, but the construction of this new, 750-square-foot home in the historic Roxbury Crossing neighborhood may be thought of as extreme as well. The builder’s common sense approach of constructing an air-tight and well-insulated structure goes a step beyond conventional building techniques. 

How to Locate your Dream Green Home

Tired of living in cookie cutter homes that have paid no attention to indoor air quality or energy efficiency? Not only have homes listed by the following resources been built to high environmental standards, they will cost less to operate and maintain.  You’ll find such green features, strategies and technologies as:  efficient use of energy, […]

NYC Green Building Forum Open to Public

Interested in learning more about green building in The Big Apple?  The “Green Building Forum” is held once a month at the Hafele Showroom, 25 East 26th Street at Madison Avenue.  The free events feature presentations by green building practitioners and are followed by discussions with attendees.  The general public is always invited and AIA […]

Plastered Walls are Making a Comeback, Naturally

Decades ago, lathe and plaster walls were common in many homes, but with the advent of less labor-intensive (and less expensive) drywall, those days are long gone.  However, if you’d like to achieve the warm look of plaster in your new or historic home, you still have options.  Whether you live in the Southwest or […]

The Green Side of Drywall

A common element in today’s homes and buildings is the use of drywall as the finish construction of interior walls and ceilings.  Drywall is typically comprised of a common mineral called gypsum which is mixed with fiber, sandwiched between two thick sheets of paper, and then kiln-dried.  It provides a thermal resistance R-value of 0.32 […]

Green Home Tours, Seattle Style

For those of you lucky enough to live in, or visit, this progressive northwestern city, mark your calendars for upcoming tours of local green homes.  Each month, for free, you can visit and learn about the latest sustainable design strategies in one completed home, as well as one that’s under construction.  During each tour, the […]

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