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EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing

EcoVilliage Pioneers Net-Zero Housing

Leaders of the co-op community in Ithaca, N.Y., took a common sense approach to meeting demanding Passive House standards

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Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Keeping Your Heating Cheap and Green

Eco-friendly heating for the environmentally conscious Energy bills might be too high considering the costs nowadays, and in order to reduce it considerably, it will be important that you turn...

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Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

Daltile Sponsors Sunset Green Home Project

The Sunset Green Home is a project that is not only rebuilding a home essentially destroyed by Hurricane Sandy in 2012 but is doing so with LEED Platinum credentials. Making a 70-year-old home meet...

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Straw-Bale Bedroom

Straw-Bale Bedroom

A storage wall in a straw bale house.

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How Synthetic Turf Cures Homeowner Headaches

How Synthetic Turf Cures Homeowner Headaches

Our yards, and mine in particular, are perhaps the single most important outdoor feature of our homes. As such, they demand a great deal of time, attention, and money to meet our high standards of...

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Outdoor entertaining

Outdoor entertaining

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A Modern renovation creates an elegant courtyard for entertaining.

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DIY Greenhouse Watering System

DIY Greenhouse Watering System

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Greenhouses are a great way to enjoy the fruits of harvest all year long. Not only that, but they dramatically improve the conditions needed to grow plants while keeping them protected from the...

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Tips and Tricks for Planning the Modern Home Office of Your Dreams

Tips and Tricks for Planning the Modern Home Office of Your Dreams

Whether you want to covert that spare bedroom or you're considering renovating the garden shed, having a home office can save you a ton of money and time over renting traditional office space. If you...

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A Cool kitchen in a Hot market. New construction in San Francisco.

A Cool kitchen in a Hot market. New construction in San Francisco.

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What does new construction look like in one of the countries hottest real estate markets?

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Do You Reuse?

Do You Reuse?

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We've all heard of reduce, reuse, recycle, but when doing demolition for a remodel, the methods must be modified if there is going to be a focus on resuing materials in the future. In the article...

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A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A special courtyard- with a specific purpose.

A nurturing space was created for visually impaired students and their guide dogs.

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Going Green with Your Appliances

Going Green with Your Appliances

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With significant increases in both environmental awareness and fuel bills over the recent years, there's been much written about the changes we can make to our homes and habits to save money and...

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How to Convert a Generator to Bio Diesel

How to Convert a Generator to Bio Diesel

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  If you are interested in learning how to convert a diesel generator to biodiesel, the good news is that diesel engines are already designed with the ability to accept fuels that are biodiesel...

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Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features

Small Home, Big Green Features This beautiful new home in Troutman, NC packs a punch in just 2,500 square feet. The homeowners hired custom homebuilder 4G Design Build to build a home that included...

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Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business

Self-Taught MBA: Steve Mouzon on the New Business of Business

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I spoke with Steve Mouzon, author of The Original Green, and now, New Media for Designers and Builders to ask him, “What’s different about the new builder’s business plan from the building business as usual?” His answer will surprise you.

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The Counterintuitive Cladding

The Counterintuitive Cladding

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Like it or not, vinyl siding is an environmental option.

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Lets See Those Grand Designs

Lets See Those Grand Designs

If you've got big plans for a new property, you're not alone. According to figures published, people are literally spending thousands when they first purchase a new home. But what's the most...

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Open Concept

Open Concept

Concrete and steel used to open up this old house.

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Good Bones

Good Bones

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This renovated Ranch house gets a chance to shine.

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Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Anatomy of a Net-Zero Home

Here are the construction details that New Town Builders uses to build net-zero-ready homes

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