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The Difference Between High-Performance Home Certifications

When combined with day lighting, heat pumps for HVAC and domestic hot water, and superefficient appliances and fixtures, total energy use in high performance buildings can readily hit 75% less than that of conventional buildings.


What’s Your Eco-Home IQ? Take Our Quiz to Find Out!

What do you know about green homes? Think you have what it takes to be a Green Genius? Take our short quiz to find out. (And then challenge your friends!)


Tour a Super High-Performance Tiny House

This incredible off-the-grid Tiny Home, constructed by boat builder and cabinet maker Jeff Hobbs really has taken Tiny House construction to the next level.


The Idea Farm: A Custom, Eco-Friendly Farmhouse

This custom home is a sophisticated blend of rustic and refinement. Everything about it was purposefully planned for a couple committed to living close to the earth and following a lifestyle of simplicity. Affectionately named “The Idea Farm,” for its innovation in sustainable building practices, this home was only the 2nd new home in Minnesota to receive a Gold Rating by MN GreenStar.



Nature’s Carpet Environmentally Friendly Wool Carpet

Nature’s Carpet’s line of carpets has been tailored to the consumer who wishes to make a flooring purchase decision with consideration to its environmental impact, but does not wish to sacrifice quality and style in doing so.

Green American Home Eco-Friendly Roofing

Green American Home’s unique collection of green roofing products offers value, protection, pleasing aesthetics and energy savings for your home. The company is committed to bringing quality and performance to every home in America with energy-saving, maintenance-free metal roofing and insulating, radiant barriers.

Plyboo Plywood Wall Systems

Why Bamboo From a forestry standpoint, bamboo can be grown with no added fertilizers, pesticides or irrigation and can sequester up to 70% more carbon per year than a hardwood forest. Moso bamboo has an optimal five-year growth cycle and is selectively harvested by...

MasterBrand Eco-Friendly Cabinets

Beyond their commitment to providing a superior product, exceptional customer service, and cabinet design innovation, MasterBrand emphasizes a core belief system that they believe speaks directly to their customers.

EarthMinded Rainwater Harvesting Products

RainStation™ rain barrels feature a reversible “Planter Top” lid that can be used to grow annuals or herbs on top of the barrel making it both functional and decorative.

APC Cork Sustainable Flooring

APC Cork is one of the top North American distributors of cork flooring, offering a variety of floating floors, residential and commercial glue down tiles, cork underlayments and flooring accessories.


7 of the Most Popular Green Roofs

We’ve gone green with cars, appliances and technology. Now the movement is on to go green with residential roofing. Environmentally-friendly roofs are gaining in popularity as homeowners recognize the many benefits green roofing brings. With energy bills one of the...

DIY Planting a Living Green Roof

One of the most important decisions when building a green home is choosing a roof type. Because the energy efficiency of a home often comes down to heating and cooling, it is of utmost importance that a green home has the right roof to provide insulation rather than...

Cool Roofing 101 from the Cool Roof Rating Council

What is a Cool Roof? According to the Cool Roof Rating Council, a cool roof is one that strongly reflects sunlight and also cools itself by efficiently emitting radiation to its surroundings. The roof literally stays cooler and reduces the amount of heat conducted to...

Mbrico Earth-Friendly Tile Deck and Roof Tiles

Mbrico Tile Decks: Peacefully Green When assessing the “eco-friendliness” of a product there are multiple factors that must be considered. The raw materials and components that make up a product are profoundly important to consider as well as the manufacturing process...

EcoStar Sustainable Roofing

EcoStar is the leading manufacturer of sustainable, environmentally friendly steep-slope roofing products. Created with a simple goal: to manufacture premium steep-slope roofing products using rubber and plastics technology.

What are Solar Shingles?

For those who want solar power without looking like they have solar power, solar shingles are an option. Designed to look like ordinary asphalt shingles, they also protect your roof, and are meant to be as durable and flexible as regular shingles. They’re also...

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