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5 Ways to Use Natural Materials In Your Home

There are many reasons to use natural products in your home. From reducing environmental impacts to decreasing potential health hazards – natural materials present an array of positive benefits.  If you’ve just begun to dip your toes into the world of natural materials, you might be curious about the best ways to incorporate natural materials […]

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Sustainable Building to Help Homes Endure Severe Weather

The issues the environment faces will continue growing in upcoming years — severe weather is one of those problems. Severe weather like hurricanes, floods, blizzards and earthquakes can easily topple buildings or structures. Better preparation and planning, though, can introduce practical construction techniques that become preventative measures. With new strategies for construction, communities can better […]

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6 Easy Steps to Creating an Eco-Friendly Kitchen Décor

Everyone knows by now that solar power, walking or cycling to work and replacing single-use plastic bags and packaging with reusable ones helps in lowering our carbon footprint, but there’s still much more we can do inside our homes to take it all a step further. Out of all the rooms in the house, kitchens […]

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Why Green Building May Be a Key to Affordable Housing

Green building and affordable housing continue to find new ways to fit together as the construction industry transforms. People who live in low-income housing often benefit the most from energy-efficient structures, which has prompted companies to develop ideas for combining both while keeping rent affordable. So, how is green building making an impact, and what […]

Why Are Cool Roofs a New Trend in Eco-Friendly Design?

Any small effort businesses and individuals make toward being more environmentally-friendly has a positive impact on the world. For this reason, more and more people are looking to sustainable solutions for their living and working spaces. Cool roofs are one new trend in eco-friendly designs. Experts estimate about 90% of the roofs in the United […]

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5 Biodegradable Construction Materials for Homeowners

Green construction is soaring in popularity as more homeowners, and homeowners-to-be, turn to eco-conscious alternatives when designing their new homes. If you’re planning on building your first home, here are five biodegradable construction materials that can help you create an eco-friendly, energy-efficient dwelling you’ll be proud to call yours. 1. Grasscrete Traditional concrete is the […]

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How Modular Housing Has Evolved Into a Green Housing Option

With the rising popularity of modular housing, homebuyers across the country are beginning to view it as a viable option. This modern alternative to traditional housing has gained momentum, propelled by the low cost and rapid pace of the construction process. However, modular housing isn’t exactly “modern.” The concept of prefabricated homes dates back to […]

What the World’s Greenest Building Would Look Like

Seattle Bullitt Center image by Joe Mabel, CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wiki Creative Commons license The first thing you see when approaching my house is not the house.  It’s the twin solar panel arrays, pivoting toward the sun. You might momentarily be fooled into thinking that my century-old farm house is also a green house.  Sadly, […]

Earth-Embracing Paints and Sealants

When you’re looking to engulf yourself in more eco-friendly surroundings, start by using greener paint on your surrounding walls – and by that, I don’t mean you should paint a “green” room (unless that’s the look you’re going for, in which case, by all means). The greener paint at the center of today’s discussion is […]