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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 major expenses of owning a home, eco-friendly roofs are becoming an attractive option for homeowners seeking ways to lower their heating and cooling costs. But more than that, certain types of green roofs are eligible for federal and state tax credits, and deliver benefits beyond just monetary.

12 Companies Leading the Way With Eco-Friendly House Building Materials

Green building is booming and it's revolutionizing every type of material, product, and technology related to home building, design, and renovation. Your options are getting better every year so if you've been waiting for the right time to build your dream green home, the time to do it is right now.

Steel: An Eco-Friendly Alternative for Building Homes

Did you know that all steel products, including steel framing, contain recycled steel? Steel framing contains at least 28 percent recycled steel and is completely recyclable. Using recycled steel takes the pressure off renewable resources: a typical 2000-square-foot home requires about 40-50 trees, about an acre’s worth. With steel, only the equivalent of about six scrapped cars are needed.

North American Wood Reuse & Recycling Directory

Just because wood is a renewable, biodegradable resource doesn't mean we should toss it in a landfill when buildings are demolished. Whether you're about to do a demo and want to know where to bring your wood, or if you're doing a building project and would like to find reused wood, the North American Wood Reuse & Recycling Directory is exactly what you're looking for.

Tiny Home Built With 80% Recycled Materials

In this episode of Living Big in a Tiny Home, Bryce visits a tiny home built almost entirely from recycled and reclaimed materials. Bryce says, “inside, the Tiny House has a wonderful eclectic feel. It’s quite obviously pieced together from objects that were all salvaged and given a new life, but they are all put together in a way that really works well for the space.” Watch and see what you think!

12 Unique Houses Built From Reclaimed Materials

You’re probably familiar with reclaimed materials like wood from old barns, but have you ever considered using old egg shells in a building project? Or license plates for roofing? Dan Phillips does. In this inspiring, educational and highly entertaining TED Talk, Dan...

Tour the Insides of 5 Shipping Container Homes

I often receive emails from people who visit our website asking: what is it like to live in a shipping container home? Personally, I think living in a shipping container home is amazing! Instead of trying to explain this, I thought wouldn’t it be easier to show them...

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