Category Archives: New Construction

Insulation. Hazardous to Your Health?

Is Your Insulation Hazardous to Your Health? For all of you do-it-yourselfers out there who are planning project that requires insulation, you might want to think carefully about your options. When I finished my basement last year I just went … Continue reading

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Unusual, Sustainable Roofing Materials for the Modern, Eco-Conscious Home

Materials used to maintain homes are becoming increasingly unique with the rise in popularity of sustainable home improvement. Recycled roofing materials are the most unusual yet practical components used to build or update eco-friendly homes. No matter the climate there … Continue reading

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Basement Concrete Wall Insulation

When building a new home it is important to take every step to make sure it is as energy efficient as possible. A significant amount, as much as 33%, of the home’s energy is lost through an unfinished basement and … Continue reading

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Passive Solar: Passing the Benefits on to You

Far too often we find ourselves struggling to pay monthly heating and cooling costs. Whether you live in the South with high cooling costs, the North where you spend your cash heating your home, or the mid-regions where bills are … Continue reading

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Minimize Heating and Cooling Costs – Construct or Renovate Wisely

Heating and cooling costs are a necessary expense where we have some control – in today’s economy we all strive to save money in any way we can. It seems that we are always struggling with the high cost of … Continue reading

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How-To Determine the Electric Load of Your House

The electrical load of the house is the total power consumed per day by all the appliances and electronics in the household. Reducing it means you’ll see energy savings…but how do you figure it out? Continue reading

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Building Green 101

Green building (one of those terms that pains me to even type) was once just a dream. It required a huge financial investment as well as a compromise on design and lifestyle. But green building today is more a reality finding a foundation in suburban subdivisions, condo and loft living, and especially tiny houses, offering the homeowners healthier homes both from the environment and for themselves. Continue reading

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Loving Your Loo (and other tiny house green plumbing tips)

I have spent much time talking about plumbing options, reading up on the subject, looking at “sticks-and-bricks” plumbing as well as RV plumbing options and green plumbing. The only parameters in plumbing a tiny house are truly the ones you place on yourself. Continue reading

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Sustainable Building with Compressed Earth

An old idea made new again, creating homes from the very elements that make up the Earth.  Sustainable building goes old school. In today’s society, it is widely recognized that the basic foundation of a home is wood-based. Wood has … Continue reading

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Uses for Bamboo in Sustainable Building

When you’re considering potential building materials for home construction as a society we tend to focus on two or three commonly utilized and widely accepted building materials: wood, stone or concrete. What you may not realize is that bamboo solutions … Continue reading

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