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Climate Change and the Resilient Response

In the wake of tragic wildfires, we have an imperative to rebuild more resilient, decarbonized buildings made from materials that are abundant, renewable, and healthy. We can’t bring back lives that were lost in these past events, but it’s critical we rebuild homes which will save lives in the future.

Climate Change and the Resilient Response

In the wake of tragic wildfires, we have an imperative to rebuild more resilient, decarbonized buildings made from materials that are abundant, renewable, and healthy. We can’t bring back lives that were lost in these past events, but it’s critical we rebuild homes which will save lives in the future.

BROWSE PRODUCTS WE LOVE

15 Fabulous Eco-Friendly Countertops

One of the easiest ways to make a major statement in a kitchen or bathroom is by installing a stunning countertop that becomes the focal point of the room. But some of the most popular materials for countertops are not-so-eco-friendly and some come with a handful of health risks.

Tesla Solar Roof Shingles

Solar Roof shingles are both green and gorgeous. With an integrated Powerwall battery you’ll effectively turn your home into a personal utility! Plus, they’re so durable they’re warrantied for the lifetime of your house, or infinity, whichever comes first. 

Havelock Wool Eco Friendly Insulation

Natural Wool Insulation  You have probably heard of the phrase ‘farm to table’, but what about ‘farm to walls’? Meet Havelock Wool. Their natural wool insulation comes from sheep farms in New Zealand rather than from fossil fuels. Based on trade that helps...

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.

Home Resilience Product Showcase: Make Your Home Safe & Sustainable

2017 was a record-breaking year of catastrophic destruction due to weather and climate change, and with similar natural disasters expected to increase in intensity and frequency in the coming years, “home resilience” is becoming an imperative part of sustainable home design.

Eco-Marketplace: Smart Home Products for Sustainable Homes

It used to be fictitious technology reserved for sci-fi movies, but it’s become an increasingly popular reality: smart homes. Not only are there thermostats that automatically adjust based on your behavior – now, we have the ability to talk to our homes. See this curated set of innovative products.

Looking for an eco-upgrade for your bedroom?

We need to sleep, but we shouldn’t have to sacrifice our health or our planet to do so comfortably. If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the fact that conventional mattresses are made from unsustainable materials, emit toxic VOCs that are bad for your health, and need to be replaced far too often – only increasing their eco-impact by requiring more resources and creating more pollution. (If you didn’t, now you do.) Yet, thankfully, more and more manufacturers are dreaming up ways to do things better. After much research, here’s a list of some of the industry leaders.

We need to sleep, but we shouldn’t have to sacrifice our health or our planet to do so comfortably. If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the fact that conventional mattresses are made from unsustainable materials, emit toxic VOCs that are bad for your health, and need to be replaced far too often – only increasing their eco-impact by requiring more resources and creating more pollution. (If you didn’t, now you do.) Yet, thankfully, more and more manufacturers are dreaming up ways to do things better. After much research, here’s a list of some of the industry leaders.

EXPLORE TRENDING TOPICS

Home Resilience: Protecting Your Home from Wildfires

Deadly fire has become more severe and almost commonplace the last few years in the US and is only expected to increase in frequency with climate change. Currently, 45 million homes are at risk of being affected by a wildfire. Here are building and landscaping tips to protect your home.

A Roadmap to Building Affordable Zero Energy Homes

To achieve zero energy, designers and builders everywhere are employing an array of design concepts, product choices, and financing approaches. Because there are so many ideas, it seems appropriate to offer a quick rundown of the most cost-effective measures for getting to zero energy.

What Exactly is a Heat Pump?

Today’s mini lesson will give you a good foundation for understanding heat pumps, including the commonly used air-source heat pumps, geothermal systems, and mini split systems. It’s a complex subject and you can get much more detailed information online or in books. But my goal today is to give you enough knowledge so you partner with your HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) consultant to determine whether a heat pump is the right choice for you.

Sustainable Building with SIPs

You have to love SIPs! They lower construction waste, provide better insulation, reduce skilled labor costs, are more resistant to natural disasters, and speed build time. Are you using them on your next project?

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