How a LEED Certified Home Benefits Owners

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LEED certification of a home brings many benefits to owners for equal or lower cost than regular construction.

Value and Return on Investment for Homes That are Eco-Friendly

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While the payback period for the above products is short and the improvements relatively low-cost, outfitting your new home, or retrofitting your old home, will see paybacks for most sustainable options between under one year to as long as ten years.

Is Concrete Right For Your Home?

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Stained and polished concrete is a gorgeous material that can be used in so many ways and create a unique look for your home- but it isn’t the right choice for everyone.  You may be intrigued by what you’ve seen on television or in design magazines and even on this blog, and you might be […]

Truly Zero-VOC Paint for Healthy Indoor Air

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I found these great posts at EcoHome about two new products coming on the market for paint that really is zero-VOC.  These will contribute to LEED and other green bulding certifications. Both are great options from established and respected manufacturers I’ve used in my projects and highly recommend them. Product Spotlight: New VOC-Free Paint Colorant Most […]

Easy LEED-Homes Platinum Certification?

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Here’s a great true-life story of how it is possible to design a great green build home easily and within your budget.  This is reprinted from Green Building Advisor and chronicles the complete gut rehab green design of a row house in Washington DC by the owner utilizing an experienced green builder and the LEED […]

Greenwashing – How to Avoid Being BAMBOOzled by Green Labels

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Green-wash | green’wash’ | verb: The act of misleading consumers regarding the environmental practices of a company or the environmental benefits of a product or service   If you look around, you’ll see that companies left and right are all jumping on the “GREEN” bandwagon.  Unfortunately, this has become a case of buyer beware, because […]

12 Questions to Ask Before Selecting a Green Design Material

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  A green interior design material, finish or fixture must first be a good product. Here’s what to look for even before considering a product’s green claims. Selecting the right eco-friendly materials is one of the most important challenges you will face in building your green home. Real progress has been made by manufacturers in developing green […]

Money Saving Water Conservation Tips

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It is estimated that by the year 2016 as many as 36 states will be experiencing serious water issues. Of course, Arizona is a hot spot for efforts to reduce water usage. As with most areas, our water supply is fixed – there aren’t any new sources available. So, we must learn to be more […]

Save 11,000 Gallons of H2O

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Did you know you can save up to 11,000 gallons of water every year by switching to a new WaterSense approved toilet? Kohler Co. announced that eight of it toilet models have been certified to carry the new EPA-designated WaterSense label, including the Escale model shown here. The new designation means these toilets use at […]

Grand Teton National Park Building- LEED Platinum

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LAURANCE S. ROCKEFELLER PRESERVE Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming Completion date: 2008, Carney Architects, Jackson, Wyoming Part of my summer vacation, besides visiting family and friends, is always spent exploring and enjoying the beautiful area I grew up in. I make it a point to make at least one voyage into the park every trip, […]