Planning an eco-upgrade to your home? You’ve come to the right spot for help! Below you’ll find articles with helpful tips and expert advice, inspirational before and after examples, and products galore to make your green dream home!
Sustainable Home Renovating 101
When you’re doing a green building project or starting the research for one the amount of information about products can be overwhelming. Many of the terms related to eco-friendly construction might be totally new to you and leave you bewildered, and scratching your head. We compiled this list of green certifications to help you navigate the world of green building.
While many eco-home maintenance projects can cost a pretty penny, the good news is you don’t need to do all of them at once to reduce your home’s eco-footprint. Even better, there are steps you can take that can make a big impact for relatively little money.
Choosing efficient products and renewable energy sources can put money in your pocket through rebates and tax credits – but only if you know what programs exist in your area. This tool makes it easy.
How many times have you seen a green claim on a product and wondered if it was legit? If you're like most consumers, it's been too often to count. Luckily, green product databases – developed by credible institutions – are becoming increasingly common. Still, they're...
by Nikki Fotheringham, author specializing in environmentally-friendly building technologies, renewable energy and all things green Not everyone thinks to remodel their home for efficiency purposes, as well as aesthetics. However, there are several ways your...
When it comes time to do a home renovation, it’s often easy to get swept up in creating the new design and choosing all the products. But, have you ever thought about what types of dust and contaminants you could be exposed to during demolition? Or, what types of chemicals might be released from the new products?
So, you’re about to do some home remodeling, but you’re on the fence about making the upgrades eco-friendly. Today, I’m here to help you off the fence and send you on the path to sustainability with absolute confidence in your choice. How? With a little myth-busting because people make a lot of erroneous assumptions about what it takes and what it means to have an eco-home. And you’ll probably be surprised once you see how completely wrong they are.
About a year ago, my husband and I purchased a home that needed some remodeling. I’m no green building expert. I’m just an eco-novice who needed to make some renovations to a home. But I’ll share with you what I learned during my crash course in eco-remodeling.
Nothing totally transforms the feel of a home like a freshly-updated kitchen. And when it comes to green remodeling, the kitchen may be the absolute perfect candidate – as anyone with remodeling experience knows, there are just about a million different ways to do it!
You probably know that eco-friendly building involves many components, like energy efficiency and sustainable manufacturing. But where do you go from there? As long as you know these mistakes to avoid when you’re building or remodeling a green home, you’ll be golden.
An outdated bathroom can be one of the most aesthetically displeasing rooms in the home. Unlike a bedroom where a new coat of paint can transform the room in a day, a bathroom remodel could require a plumber, a tile installer, a carpenter, and an electrician as well....
Did you know that doing an eco-friendly whole house remodel has more than just environmental benefits? They’re also healthier for occupants (from using non-toxic materials), they save money through things like water and energy-efficiency, and they even sell for more...
Sustainable Home Renovating Inspiration
Vujovich (Voy-o-vich) Design Build tackled a full renovation of this historic home in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Originally built in 1909, this home has been returned to its original charm, only now with a high performance and low impact spin. Inside and out, a thoughtful green remodel shows that sustainable living doesn’t mean sacrificing beauty or comfort.
This former 1940’s one and a half story Cape Cod house was transformed into a high performance, sustainably designed modern home that uses 50% less energy than code and 40%+ less energy than its predecessor – even at nearly twice the size.
Hammer & Hand worked with Seattle architecture firm Board & Vellum to give a home built in 1937, but badly remodeled in the 80s, a fresh update. The home had a myriad of issues: decks that were only accessible by one room, rooms inside the home that didn’t take advantage of Puget Sound and canal views, and much more. The transformation is unbelievable.
People spend most of their time indoors. Therefore, interior design plays an important role in creating functional, beautiful spaces that also maintain our well-being. Let’s take a closer look at some of the design decisions in this project that have our health and the environment in mind.
Depending on the year built, condominium buildings may be burdened by outdated or inefficient systems. And yet, they start out with two big gold stars on the list of sustainable design features: Energy Efficiency and Sustainable Land Use. Click through to see an inspiring transformation and learn strategic design tips for your next project.
EcoArtisan Builders, based in San Diego, California, renovated this 1920’s bathroom in Point Loma giving it a calm, Zen aesthetic at the homeowner’s request. What made it more eco-friendly? They repurposed and reused materials wherever possible to reduce the resources necessary to complete the project. They also opted for sustainable bamboo products when needed.
Sustainable Home Renovating Products
How many hours do you spend in bed? A mattress that is non-toxic is imperative. We’ve scoped out 19 brands for eco-friendly mattresses at every price point.
After 20 years of research and development, a groundbreaking approach to clean air has arrived. Molekule breaks down harmful microscopic pollutants like allergens, mold, bacteria, viruses, and even airborne chemicals.
These ENERGY STAR® certified refrigerators have received the prestigious 2017 E-Star Emerging Technology Award from the EPA for utilizing safer refrigerant, and each model showcases industry-leading features including best-in-class storage capacity and an exclusive auto-open door that requires only a light touch to operate.
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.
TruStile offers doors built with environmentally-friendly materials and sustainable manufacturing practices. Low emitting and no-added-formaldehyde MDF doors are available for painted applications. They also offer the richness of natural wood with 3rd-party certified sustainably sourced doors.
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.