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5 Sites to Help You Find Dreamy Environmentally Friendly Homes

The U.S. Green Building Council claims that “more than half of consumers rank green and energy-efficiency as top requirements for their next homes.” Sound like you? You’re not alone in your search to buy an environmentally-friendly home. Luckily, with the growing demand for these types of homes, there are now websites dedicated to helping you in your search for finding your dream green home.

Palo Alto Net Zero Energy House Shows You Can Have It All

Building a Beacon Stuart is a man on a mission and his home is just one testament to his drive. I have always enjoyed nature and spending time outdoors (hiking, mountain biking, trail running, rock climbing, mountaineering). When I started reading about climate change...

A Nationwide Guide to Future-Proofing Your Home

The future may be uncertain, but the value of a home doesn’t have to be. In fact, building, renovation, and design can be done with adaptability in mind. Preparing for changes can lead to even greater lasting quality, renewability, higher resale value, and often, overall savings in price. 

18 Inexpensive Sustainable Homes Almost Anyone Can Afford

According to HomeAdvisor, the average cost of having a new house built in the U.S. was $305,372 in 2016. Clearly, this cost can vary A LOT depending on what choices you make, and there are A LOT of choices when you decide to build a custom home. If you’re looking for a less expensive, easier to design, and more sustainable home, check out these 18 alternatives.

The Top 25 Green Home Building and Design Websites to Watch

By Janelle Sorensen, Content Director, Elemental Green Believe it or not, amidst all the terrible and tragic news we see every day, there’s actually still quite a lot of good going on. One of the best parts of managing content for Elemental...

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.

Sustainable Landscaping Using the SITES Framework

SITES is the culmination of years of research and development by leading professionals in the fields of soil, water, vegetation, materials and human health. By providing performance measures rather than prescribing practices, SITES supports the unique conditions of each site, encouraging project teams to be flexible and creative as they develop beautiful, functional and regenerative landscapes.

10 Low Maintenance Lawn Alternatives

The developing water shortage crisis in the U.S. has prompted many homeowners to turn to eco-friendly and low-maintenance lawn alternatives. And there are plenty of options — everything from clover and moss to ornamental grasses and flower beds, all sharing eco-friendliness as a common denominator.

10 Eco Building Materials Revolutionizing Home Construction

Want to hear some good news? According to the World Green Building Trends 2018 report from Dodge Data and Analytics, green building is officially a “global trend” and energy conservation is a top priority for people all over the planet. There are many choices of new (and old) materials which are being used in revolutionary ways.

Tips for Greening Your Landscape

Incorporating eco-measures into your landscape plan will make it much easier to implement and maintain a sustainable garden. Check out this infographic for some helpful tips.

17 of the Best Books About Sustainable Home Design

Even though Elemental Green is an online resource for all things related to residential green building and renovation that doesn’t mean that we don’t love books. Here are some eco-home books packed with great inspiration and information.

20 Tiny Home Manufacturers to Match Any Budget

Downsizing to 100 to 500 square feet has become much more than a fad. And it’s not much of a surprise since it increases simplicity, economic freedom, and sustainable living. Whether you want to buy or DIY, we’ve got you covered.

10 Amazing Products for Eco-Friendly Home Automation

Remember when you were a kid and your parents were constantly telling you to turn off the lights when you left the room, but you almost always forgot to? Say hello to new home technologies that do it for you. Home automation technology that controls indoor temperatures, lighting, irrigation, and more is popping up all over the place as a convenient and more environmentally sound way to run your home.

An Eco-Spin on Today’s Top 10 Kitchen Trends

According to the National Kitchen and Bath Association, one in ten households will undergo a kitchen remodel in 2017. It’s supposed to be one of the smartest places to invest! Are you planning a renovation? Be sure to consider the top trends according to NKBA’s 2017...

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