Archive for the 'Green Remodeling' Category

17 green building videos all in one place

Here’s a timesaving bit of information for green enthusiasts: Indefatigable Salt Lake City-based sustainable-building blogger Koerner Preston has compiled 17 green building YouTube videos on his Jetson Green blog. You can play them one after another, or click on an image to play one at a time. Topics include solar, prefab, wind turbines, sustainable design [...]

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Q&A: How can we create healthier indoor air for our allergy-prone daughters?

<p><a onclick=”window.open(this.href, ‘_blank’, ‘width=424,height=283,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0′); return false” href=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/09/09/tulipsfromabove.jpg”><img title=”Tulipsfromabove” height=”200″ alt=”Tulipsfromabove” src=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/pardonourdust/images/2007/09/09/tulipsfromabove.jpg” width=”300″ border=”0″ style=”FLOAT: right; MARGIN: 5px” /></a><strong>Question:</strong> My two daughters suffer from allergies and asthma. When we remodel our house next year, we need to end up with cleaner indoor air. What should we consider?</p> <p><strong>My Answer:</strong> My first thought is that you should [...]

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Q&A: How can we create healthier indoor air for our allergy-prone daughters?

Question: My two daughters suffer from allergies and asthma. When we remodel our house next year, we need to end up with cleaner indoor air. What should we consider? My Answer: My first thought is that you should not live in the house during the remodel. Even with excellent dust-control measures in place, construction dust [...]

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Gorgeous hardwoods or Earth stewardship?

When choosing materials for a remodel, it may seem hard choices need to be made: Enjoy beautiful hardwoods or go easy on the Earth’s natural resources? Now, you can do both. Exotic Hardwoods & Veneers, an Oakland company, has received Scientific Certification Systems’ chain-of-custody certification (SCS-COC-00896). Scientific Certification Systems is a third-party provider of certification, [...]

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Free trees for L.A. DWP customers

We’ve got to hand it to our ancestors, whose house-cooling strategies we’re only now beginning to appreciate: straw-bale and rammed-earth walls, sod roofs, cool cellars, even covered porches. Did you know there are straw-bale houses in this country that are more than 100 years old? Planting shade trees is another old-timey air-cooling strategy that needs [...]

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Ask a Contractor: How do we recycle demolition waste?

Question: We’re tearing down part of our 1940’s home to make room for an addition, and also gutting our kitchen for a major remodel. I hate to see all this end up as trash. How can we recycle some of this material? Answer: From my experience interviewing remodeling homeowners, the dread of an older home [...]

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Good news for students: Green modular classrooms

Some students may be breathing easier soon if their school districts purchase “green” modular classrooms from Perris-based Modtech. The green label means the buildings are healthier for the planet as well as the students and teachers who will spend their days inside them. For instance, these buildings use formaldehyde-free adhesives, have more natural light from [...]

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Dear Green Builder: I’m obsessed with granite countertops . . .

. . . but I’m also obsessed with green building. Do I need an attitude adjustment? For some new ways of thinking about this, I consulted a green builder: Question: My dilemma is that I love granite counter tops and yet I want to do a green remodel. I’ve heard that granite is out of [...]

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Green remodeling ideas for the rest of us

Some readers got a little testy when the L.A. Times featured a green home above Laurel Canyon that cost $1.2 million to build and included a $15,000 computer system that automatically raises and lowers window shades, among other functions. But what about the rest of humanity? One reader wrote: "Why not focus on green strategies [...]

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Greening Pasadena bungalow on a budget

Working with limited funds, Donna Sider was able to green up her Pasadena Craftsman bungalow, as was reported this week in the L.A. Times. Snider’s investments include: • $6,250 — photovoltaic system (pictured, including $6,400 in rebates) • $500 — tankless water heater • $500 — Energy Star refrigerator (including $150 rebate) • $770 — cotton [...]

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Ask a Green Builder: What kind of carpeting is healthy for a kids’ room?

Question: I would like to know just how dangerous carpet is in terms of releasing harmful odors or formaldehyde in the air. Is it something to be concerned about? We are redoing our kids’ room and want to put carpet in. What do I look for in a “environmental” carpet? — Jeff Answer: From Karen [...]

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The newest trend in stuff: Freecycling

What bugs me about the unwanted stuff I have around the house is that someone, somewhere would love to have it. But who? Where? How? I heard about The Freecycle Network on the radio, on the Clark Howard Show. Freecycle is a grassroots, entirely nonprofit movement that seeks to match the right people with the [...]

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Q&A: Advice needed on greening up Las Vegas home

<p><a href=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/07/23/greenremodeling.jpg” onclick=”window.open(this.href, ‘_blank’, ‘width=227,height=272,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0′); return false”><img alt=”Greenremodeling” title=”Greenremodeling” src=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/pardonourdust/images/2007/07/23/greenremodeling.jpg” width=”250″ height=”299″ border=”0″ style=”float: left; margin: 0px 5px 5px 0px;” /></a><br /> <strong>Question</strong>: My husband and I moved to Las Vegas a year ago and are now buying a fixer upper in an early 1980s tract home development. We love the floor plan, but it [...]

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Q&A: Advice needed on greening up Las Vegas home

Question: My husband and I moved to Las Vegas a year ago and are now buying a fixer upper in an early 1980s tract home development. We love the floor plan, but it needs to be updated for looks and energy efficiency. We’re already planning to remove the popcorn ceiling and the shag carpet (replace [...]

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Green alternatives for countertops

Astute eco-reader David sends in this helpful missive: “We just found a great posting on green alternatives for countertops. The list includes Richlite (used in a new green house in Claremont, pictured at left) and others. It also talks about why other materials are not so eco-friendly.” The list is at Get With Green, which [...]

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A poetic green solution: Solar-powered air conditioner

Isn’t this the most hopeful, poetic thing you’ve come across lately? An air conditioner that runs off solar power is so right you wonder why it wasn’t invented like 50 years ago. I first spotted it on the great Curbed LA blog. Of course, there are issues. The SolCool solar-powered air conditioner is far too [...]

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Q&A: Is building green worth it?

Question: I’m somewhat of a beginning investor/builder. I’m not passionate about green since it’s my belief that it’s just that much more costlier and time consuming for me. I know its better for the environment. That doesn’t move me as I’m a bottom-line kind of person. However, I want to educate myself (without having to [...]

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Q&A: Is building green worth it?

<p><a href=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/.shared/image.html?/photos/uncategorized/2007/07/21/doeringinhall.jpg” onclick=”window.open(this.href, ‘_blank’, ‘width=323,height=466,scrollbars=no,resizable=no,toolbar=no,directories=no,location=no,menubar=no,status=no,left=0,top=0′); return false”><img alt=”Doeringinhall” title=”Doeringinhall” src=”http://latimesblogs.latimes.com/pardonourdust/images/2007/07/21/doeringinhall.jpg” width=”250″ height=”360″ border=”0″ style=”float: left; margin: 5px 5px 5px 5px;” /></a><strong>Question</strong>: I’m somewhat of a beginning investor/builder. I’m not passionate about green since it’s my belief that it’s just that much more costlier and time consuming for me. I know its better for the environment. [...]

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Ask a Green Builder: What is a green solution for replacing fascia boards?

Question: I desperately need to replace the fascia boards on my 1950′s Pasadena home as there is wood rot in about half of them. However, I am passionate about the environment, and I want a solution to replacing them that will: 1) have the least-negative environmental impact in terms of materials and hazardous chemicals, and [...]

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Street tree coming down? It could be your new breakfast bar

What do you think happens to the trees that come down in our neighborhoods? Last year, I had three pines taken down because of the aggressive topping by the electric company under whose power lines the trees were growing. I was left with several piles of logs, which I finally persuaded a firewood seller to [...]

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