Green Homes 101

Live in an Old Condo Building? You Can Still Make it Sustainable and Save

by Nikki Fotheringham, author specializing in environmentally-friendly building technologies, renewable energy and all things green According to the U.S. Green Building Council, commercial and residential buildings contribute about 39% of the CO2 emissions in the US...

Reshaping the American Dreamhouse

By Pamela O'Malley Chang, an architect and civil engineer from Berkeley, California. Originally posted on YesMagazine.org. In my first "real" job after college in 1981, I worked at an architecture firm that designed custom homes for a new high-end...

How to Finance Your Green Dream Home [Podcast]

Financing Your Green Dream Home with Trisha McConkey of Associated Bank Marla Esser Cloos (aka The Green Home Coach) is the founder and co-host of Green Gab, a weekly podcast where she and co-host Tony Pratte talk all things green. She is also a NAHB Master Certified...

Expert Tips for a High Performance, Energy Efficient Home [Podcast]

The Home Detective - Expert Tips for a High Performance, Energy Efficient Home Marla Esser Cloos (aka The Green Home Coach) is the founder and co-host of Green Gab, a weekly podcast where she and co-host Tony Pratte talk all things green. She is also a NAHB Master...

Inspiration from Eco-Friendly Interior Design Experts

While almost any interior design idea could be adapted to use eco-friendly materials and furnishings, it’s always nice to see what the possibilities are if you work with a pro who knows all the perfect products. (It sure makes it a lot easier, too!) Fortunately,...

Can Sustainable Homes Be Affordable and Beautiful? These Video Tours Tell All.

Following on from his successful web video series and online project Josh’s House, sustainable expert Josh Byrne presents a new series: “Josh’s House STAR PERFORMERS”. Josh is embarking upon a unique national research tour that will bring together the best...

What the Heck is Biophilia?

Guest Post by Jessica McNaughton, President of Caragreen Biophilia?  No, it is not some nefarious relationship with plants.   Well, not entirely.   This hot new design trend is not some “look” or color scheme, it’s a set of design techniques that put people before...

How Your Roof Affects the Environment: Know Before You Buy

According to industry data, roughly 7 million U.S. homeowners replace their roof each year and many are looking for new 'green', energy-saving options. Traditional asphalt shingles are a petroleum product and require replacement every 15-20 years (or sooner),...

“Green is a process, not a status. We need to think of ‘green’ as a verb, not an adjective.” — Daniel Goleman

We couldn’t agree more. Going green is a journey without a precise road map or a definitive destination. And, despite what some people might think, there’s no right or wrong way and no one can do it all. You can only do what works for you. And you should be proud of it! Our mission is to provide you with all the tools and information you’ll need on your journey to a green home. Here’s a snippet of the kinds of things you’ll find in our Green Homes 101 section:

  • Why Build Green Homes? Read this quick guide to learn about the key benefits. Beyond just being better for the planet, it’s also better for your health and for your budget.
  • Certifications – From home certifications like LEED to product certifications like Cradle to Cradle, you’re going to come across a lot of unique programs and you’ll want to make sure you understand them clearly before jumping on board. We translate the sometimes wonky policies and protocols and make each one understandable.
  • Green Homes – Eco-prefabs, eco-lux LEED homes, tiny homes, eco friendly manufactured homes, net-zero energy homes, earthships, shipping container homes, Living Building Challenge homes, Passivehaus homes, small green homes, green sustainable homes, the list goes on and on. Explore the endless inspiring options. We feature them in all their green glory to show how green can be completely gorgeous.
  • Healthy Home – Believe it or not, many conventional building materials contain chemicals that are harmful to our health. Green building uses safer, non-toxic alternatives (which exist for nearly everything), as well as other design features that promote health and well-being like natural lighting and siting in walkable neighborhoods.
  • Indoor Air Quality – People spend about 90% of their time indoors where the air is typically 3-5 times more polluted than outside (even in big cities!). Cleaning up indoor air by building and renovating right is clearly imperative for protecting occupant health in eco homes.
  • Budget Eco – Probably the #1 myth people believe about going green is that it’s more expensive. Sometimes, it’s a bit more up front, but saves you money over time. Other times, it can be cheaper right out of the gate. We’ll show you how to cut costs without cutting corners.
  • Before & After – Who doesn’t like seeing before and after photos? Not only is it interesting to see the transformation, it can be really helpful to see before pictures to get a sense of what’s possible with existing spaces. Some of our before and after pieces also include details from homeowners about the process, so you can learn from their experiences.
  • FAQs – Clearly, you’re not the first person to create a green home and you certainly won’t be the last. Check out our most frequently asked questions – and submit your own if you can’t find an answer. We’re here for you!

Reshaping the American Dreamhouse

By Pamela O’Malley Chang, an architect and civil engineer from Berkeley, California. Originally posted on YesMagazine.org. In my first “real” job after college in 1981, I worked at an architecture firm that designed custom homes for a new high-end...

How to Finance Your Green Dream Home [Podcast]

Listen and learn about financing for green home projects with Trisha McConkey of Associated Bank. Trisha and Associated Bank’s experience and expertise with mortgages and loans help homeowners to finance their dream home, especially a green home.

Expert Tips for a High Performance, Energy Efficient Home [Podcast]

Listen in as Kellye Markowski from Energy Smart Homes offers advice for homeowners/residents to reduce their energy and costs and know the best course of action for their house. She says people take a stab at doing the right thing for their home or property, yet they typically do the wrong thing or do the steps out of order.

Inspiration from Eco-Friendly Interior Design Experts

While almost any interior design idea could be adapted to use eco-friendly materials and furnishings, it’s always nice to see what the possibilities are if you work with a pro who knows all the perfect products. (It sure makes it a lot easier, too!) Fortunately, there’s a growing number of eco-pros and some of them even have great websites with photos of fabulous spaces and blogs with more details. Click through and check them out!

Can Sustainable Homes Be Affordable and Beautiful? These Video Tours Tell All.

Sustainability expert Josh Byrne is embarking upon a national research tour that will bring together the best high-performance housing projects. Follow along as he inspires conversation about the future of our housing and the demand for more energy efficient solutions while not forgetting the importance of designing homes that are comfortable, good for our health, hip pockets and our future.

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