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Getting Started with LEED Using the Green Home Guide

In many markets, certified green homes are now selling quicker and for more money than comparable non-green homes. More than 112,000 residential units have earned LEED certification – here’s how you can get started.

Eco-Friendly Kitchen Sinks for All Styles and Budgets

Energy-efficient appliances? Check. Recycled glass countertop? Check. Water-saving faucet? Check. You’re working through your kitchen eco-renovation and it’s time to pick a sink. We scoured the internet and found a wide array of gorgeous green options.

Eco-Friendly Outdoor Lighting Ideas

Today’s homeowners are becoming savvier than ever by incorporating smart technology and energy-efficient lighting solutions into their outdoor spaces. Transform your landscape by trying some of these ideas for eco-friendly outdoor lighting.

Home Tour: A Rustic Eco-Retreat in Chelsea

On a quest to create a beautifully designed yet eco-conscious home, Maddy worked with Homepolish designer Michele to undertake a massive gut-renovation and rebuild her home from the ground up. The results are beautiful!

A Simple Guide to Living Off the Grid [and Infographic]

There are many different reasons people choose to live off the grid and it can be a viable option if you’re looking for a radical change in lifestyle or just an impactful eco-shift. Here are the most common ways people live off the grid.

Zero Energy Upgrades Could Cost Zero Dollars

A simple calculation shows how you can have a zero energy home for the same price as a conventional one, and keep the monthly savings in your pocket. Here’s how it worked for Bruce.

Induction Cooks Better than Gas

There is no doubt that induction uses less energy than an electric resistance burner, but comparing it to a gas burner is more complicated. Here’s how it breaks down.

What Home Buyers Should Look For (and avoid) in High Performance Homes

If you are in the market to buy a home, read the sales material carefully. If you aren’t sure about a phrase or a term, make sure to ask what that means. If you see a feature that you’ve never seen before, ask how it works and what the benefit is for having that feature in your home.

Eco-Friendly Upgrades to Increase Your Home’s Value

Generally, if you’ve maintained your home to a reasonable standard, there’s nowhere to go but up. And for those ready to start redesigning their living space, renovations can be a combination of elements that enhance your current eco-lifestyle while remaining practical for a resale later.

10 Ways to Build A More Eco-Friendly Home

Green home building is no longer just a trend. So many more people these days are interested in building an eco-friendly home that 51 percent of builders expect at least 60 percent of their new homes to qualify as green by 2020. Whether you are thinking about remodeling or building new, here are a few things you should know about eco-friendly home building.

Six Steps to Success with Heat Recovery Ventilation

While HRV equipment is well-design and durable, the technology has been plagued by poor installation practices that reduce their value. “In all my many years in the HVAC industry,” says Manclark. “I have never seen anything screwed up as much as HRVs.” Here are the six steps to success for selecting and installing HRVs.

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.

Green Home Renovations Made Easy

By Cooper Klein, Author at Smooth Decorator In this day and age, it’s no longer enough to simply recycle and properly dispose of the things you no longer need or use if you want to be eco-friendly. The green mindset has affected everything, from the way we...

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