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Smart plus Solar Products to Watch

The universe of ‘smart’ products that enhance the performance of green energy keeps getting longer. Here are some of the brands leading in this new frontier.

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Passive House: Interview with Katrin Klingenberg, executive director of PHIUS

Passive Houses are designed to maximize energy conservation and it saves home owners 60 to 70 percent of overall energy consumption and 90 percent of space heating. Learn more about this strategic sustainable design concept from one of the leading experts.

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Big Lessons We Can Learn from the Tiny House Movement

Most people would not consider building a tiny house. Most of us want homes that are larger, in fact MUCH larger, than a typical tiny home (which can be anywhere from 100 to 600 square feet). Still, there are some important lessons we can learn from tiny living. Here’s great advice to consider before you build your dream green home.

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BROWSE PRODUCTS WE LOVE

Grenite 100% Recycled Surfaces

The concept upon which Grenite® products are built is simple: take something worn and old and make it something beautiful, useful and new. With three lines of recycled surface materials, Grenite has the right performance and price point for every project surface.

ThermaCork 100% Natural Cork Insulation

The harvesting and production of cork is not only sustainable, but it also serves to provide employment and economic purpose for many communities. Cork harvesting is an ancient tradition, using the same method for thousands of years.

ASKO U.S. Energy-Efficient Appliances

Having water, energy and detergent consumption in mind when choosing appliances is an important part of green living. ASKO’s dishwashers (just one of their products) have a very low energy and detergent consumption and are among the most water-efficient in the world.

Recycled Tile, by Oceanside Glasstile

Oceanside Glasstile was founded in 1992 with a boundless spirit of innovation, a passion for hot glass and a new vision for the tile industry; creating luxury glass tile using recycled bottle glass. As pioneers of handcrafted glass tile they continue to pursue timeless design that preserves, honors and furthers their true artisan heritage.

GreyWater Recycling Systems Inc.

In this system, greywater is processed through a filtration system prior to its entry into a holding tank. This treated water is recycled to replenish water consumed by toilets or used to wash cars, for outdoor irrigation or for swimming pools.

The Real Milk Paint Company

Milk paint is an environmentally friendly paint that is ideal for antique furniture, decks, floors, and walls. You can mix milk paint with pigment powders to create just about any color you can imagine. And, the Real Milk Paint Company does not stop there.

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DryHome Sun Solutions Skylights

You can really feel the difference when you walk into a room filled with sunlight. Skylights, roof windows and Sun Tunnels have a dramatic effect on living spaces. Not only do they improve your quality of life, they add value to your home!

Nanoleaf Smart and Ultra-Efficient LED Lighting

LED lighting is highly energy-efficient, saving money on electricity bills and reducing carbon emissions at the same time. Energy.gov states that residential LEDs — especially ENERGY STAR-rated products — use at least 75% less energy, and last 25 times longer, than incandescent lighting.

Lutron Energy-Efficient Lighting Controls

With eco-home products from Lutron, you can save energy without sacrificing comfort or style. Their whole-home light control systems extend energy saving throughout your entire home and their advanced technology allows you to control the latest energy-efficient light sources, such as LEDs and fluorescent lamps. Shading solutions help optimize daylight in your home.

DayLite™ Tubular Skylights

Offering up to 10 times more light than a traditional skylight, Daylite Natural Lighting Solutions’ hybrid SkyLite line of skylights eliminate up to 90% of electrical lighting needs during daylight hours, maximizing energy efficiency and reducing energy costs.

Solatube Daylighting Systems

Solatube tubular daylighting devices, or TDDs for short, are affordable, high-performance lighting solutions that bring daylight into interior spaces where traditional skylights and windows simply can’t reach.

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