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Green Building 147 Ideabooks

The term “passive” is getting thrown around almost as frequently as the word “green” these days. But what does it actually mean? And how does the all-encompassing adjective differ from the measurable standards of the capitalized Passive House? I’ve mentioned before that the...
What's LEED All About, Anyway?
How can you tell the difference between houses that look environmentally friendly and ones that actually are? Home certifications can help. Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) is...
5 Common-Sense Ways to Get a Greener Home Design
Going green with your home design project is a decision made by degrees, with layers of opportunities to choose materials and methods that will yield improved energy efficiency, sustainability and functionality. It's a commitment with a potentially great...
What Is a Living Building?
We’ve all heard of a sustainable building, but what about a living building? That’s the focus of the International Living Future Institute’s Living...
Houzz Tour: New Twists for a Traditional New York Saltbox
Architect Stephen Moser took one look at the Shelter Island setting in New York and knew exactly what style of house he wanted to play with for the design of his artist sister and her psychologist husband’s new weekend home. It seemed only fitting that...
How to Install Energy-Efficient Windows
Whether it’s buying a hybrid car or unplugging appliances when they aren’t in use, these days everyone seems to be looking for ways to reduce energy costs along with their carbon footprints. When it comes to your home, old, single-pane windows can...
How to Recycle Your Kitchen
If you like getting your hands dirty, demolition can be one of the most fun and satisfying parts of a kitchen remodel. But whether you’re going the DIY route or hiring a pro, you’re likely to end up with at least one Dumpster full of trash. The Environmental...
Houzz Tour: Platinum-Rating Hopes for a Sterling Modern Home
Architect David Marlatt has a love-hate relationship with the sun. He’s always looking to capture its natural light for the homes he designs, but at the same time trying to block —...
8 Fabulous Prefab Homes Around the World
A word you hear over and over again in architecture is “envelope.” As in, the home’s envelope. A tight envelope offers improved energy efficiency. A meticulously crafted envelope reduces energy costs and leads to a home that’s more sustainable...
Insulation Basics: Heat, R-Value and the Building Envelope
Adding insulation to your home’s building envelope (the walls, slab and roof that protect your home from the outside) can be one of the most cost-efficient ways to reduce your heating and cooling bills. In new construction, investing in the insulation...
Houzz Tour: See a Concrete House With a $0 Energy Bill
Damon Gray has spent 10 years building wood-frame homes. That’s exactly why he stayed away from wood framing when he built his own home. Wait, what? “I got sick of renovating homes that were falling down,”...
Considering Concrete Floors? 3 Green-Minded Questions to Ask
Concrete floors are becoming increasingly popular due to their versatility and durability. They can even reduce material consumption when an existing slab is utilized. If you are considering concrete floors for inside your home, there are three questions...
Off the Grid: Siting and Building to Conserve Energy
The last time you decided to plant something in your garden, where did you begin? Maybe you looked at the particular plant and analyzed its characteristics and what it needed to thrive. How much sun did it require? Was it hardy enough to survive in your...
How to Install a Green Roof
Until relatively recently green roofs were rare, the stuff of fairy tales and Tolkien novels. But with climate change a growing concern, more people are turning to living roofs as a sustainable — and stylish — way to help insulate their homes, reduce...
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