Green resolutions for 2008

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Are you making new year’s resolutions for 2008 to be more green? If so, here’s a few of my favorite tips to get you started: *Bring your own bags to the market. (there are so many great, lightweight and inexpensive options out there now, there’s really no excuse not to do this) *Use reusable glass […]

Super Innovative Solar Technology

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I am investigating solar with a client of mine for their new home. There has been a recent change in many HOA’s rules and approaches to allowing solar in their communities – which is great. Energy has become such a hot issue, that HOA’s and the courts have realized that they can’t restrict or refuse […]

A new light wave

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Lately I’ve been hearing a lot about LED lights. It seems this is the next new thing in lighting. We are already seeing it being used in televisions and other applications. Now LED is making its way into standard lighting applications. It is perfect for things such as holiday lights because they don’t get hot […]

Report on Scottsdale Green Building Expo

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Featured Keynote speaker, Edward Mazria, AIA highlighted the building industry’s role in creating global warming issues and thus our responsibility and ability to impact the impending climate crisis in a big way. Buildings and the building industry account for more than half of all energy consumption and Carbon emissions. By making small changes in every […]

Do blue hats cause global warming?

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For a bit of Friday afternoon fun, Check out Polar Bears on YouTube – a great short video on the causes of climate change with a liberal dose of humour (as in British). Have a fantastic weekend!

Eco-Friendly and Tres Fashionable Modular Clothing

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In the world of eco-friendly fashion, there is DePLOY; a sustainably and DIY-focused fashion line. We love their DIY approach to sustainable style- they have a core collection that is infinitely customizable with secondary elements and continually cool as the seasons change. Founded by Bernice Pan, an MA graduate and PhD holder from London’s Royal […]

Green Mansions – a growing trend?

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It seems there is good news out there for the luxury custom home designers who are also environmentally conscious. There is a growing trend among buyers of new luxury homes to include sustainable features into the homes they are building. I just read an article on CNNMoney.com about the emergence of luxury homes utilizing sustainable […]

What is the cost of Green Design?

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There is a new survey out that discovers eco-friendly design doesn’t cost nearly as much as people commonly believe. The survey asked 1400 professionals, and found that most people thought green design costs were 300% higher than they actually were, or about 17% of the total construction cost. The reality is that most buildings only […]

Greenwashing

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This cartoon by Tom Fishburne was just too funny to pass up – so I had to pass it on. It really highlights the struggle we face as we try to identify which companies are truly “green” and which ones are just trying to jump on the bandwagon. Fortunately, we have a new resource locally […]

Nine Ways to have a Healthier Home

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This article was in my Inbox yesterday, and it fits so nicely with my focus on healthy environments and creating a beautiful home, I just had to share it. Enjoy- and for more tips on energy saving ideas or sustainable resources, click on the link to my web-site on the right side of the screen […]