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Biofriendly Inventions That Could Change The Way We Live

Sustainability is going to be a hot topic of conversation for a very long time, especially if we’re serious about protecting the environment and taking steps to counteract climate change. Many of us have parents, grandparents and great grandparents who all incorporated sustainable and biofriendly actions into their day-to-day lives. Growing gardens, composting, using leftovers […]

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Passive Housing: A Greener Way of Living

We’re all looking for ways to cut back on our energy usage and, in turn, reduce our utility bills. Actions such as replacing old light bulbs with efficient LED models and using household appliances only when they’re full or almost full help to conserve energy, but if you truly want your home to be as […]

Energy Efficiency and Resilience: Shaping the Green Housing Era

Energy Efficiency Built In More and more homebuyers are looking for energy-efficient and resilient building features throughout the whole house. Desired features are not limited to energy-efficient appliances and electronics put in place after the home is built, but actually being designed in the planning stages and constructing of the house. As homebuyers are being […]

Sustainable Design and Building Materials

When someone talks about sustainable design, he or she is generally referring to design focused on environmental consciousness. What is going to be good for the environment, in addition to being good for the building’s residents? How does the design factor in an increased use of renewable resources while generating only a minimal amount of waste? […]

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, […]

Eco Designs: 4 Inventions and Ideas Inspired By Nature

Biomimicry is the process of studying nature’s design, then taking that design and incorporating it into or imitating it in specific man-made materials, goods, technology and architecture. Nature has so many wonderful ways to enhance sustainability and survival. We, as a society, would be remiss if we didn’t learn from nature and use nature to […]

Going from Guzzler to Green: 4 Possible Makeovers for Creating an Energy-Efficient Home

No matter what color the paint on the side of your house may be, every home could stand to be a little more “green.” The truth is that homes are some of the leading contributors to global climate change and, unless we start making some pretty big corrections soon, we’re going to find out what […]

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 […]

Re-Purposing Existing Properties Can Increase Sustainability

As a follow-up to last week’s post, “A Biofriendly Way to Tap Into Renewable Energy? Use Existing Properties.“, I thought I would discuss how the use, or reuse, of existing properties could increase sustainability. One of the problems we have on this planet is that people are constantly trying to come up with new ways […]

5 Environmental Designs and Ideas Spearheaded By Today’s Youth

Image by T Lindenbaum / Creative Commons Companies, governments and individuals all across the world are searching for ways to lower our carbon footprint, improve sustainability, and turn towards a more environmentally-friendly way of life. Thus it is no surprise that the youth of today are not only getting in on the “green movement”, but […]