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Dispatch from the kitchen and bath show

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Kitchen designer Susan Serra, who writes an ever-inspiring blog called The Kitchen Designer, just got back from the Kitchen/Bath Industry Show (KBIS) in Chicago and offered [...]

Top 10 home builder goes greener

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Beazer Homes, one of the country’s 10 biggest home builders, announced that all new homes it builds will include features that contribute to water and energy savings, [...]

The high end of eco lighting

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These lamps were designed by Deniece Duscheone, an award-winning lighting designer and a LEED-accredited professional. Her most recent project was the $56 million renovation [...]

The Human Footprint: Take the survey

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The Human Footprint will be on the National Geographic Channel on Sunday at 9 p.m. The subtitle is: Everything you eat. Everything you drink. Everything you use. Your entire [...]

Six essentials for a green remodel

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New green homes get the most attention, but greening up existing homes is the real challenge. After all, 1 million to 2 million new homes are built each year (much less than [...]

Coming soon: a million solar spats?

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The case of one Sunnyvale, Calif., neighbor’s redwood trees versus another neighbor’s solar panels and hot tub ended up in court and is still not settled, [...]

3 ways to go green at Home Depot

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I was frustrated a few months ago when I sought out green products at my local Home Depot and didn’t find much. And of course, I blogged about that. So when Home Depot [...]

Saving water outdoors

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My mother-in-law is visiting from Santa Barbara and wonders if she can rinse off her truck at my house. It’s no longer allowed in her town. As the population explodes [...]

Do-it-yourself solar-powered fountain

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After countless vain attempts to locate a solar-powered fountain similar to the one I stumbled upon at my local Home Depot, I’ve decided the better way is to find the [...]

A chance to speak out on green building

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The county of Los Angeles is considering adoption of a green building program and is holding a series of public meetings to get comments. Discussions will focus on green [...]

Green home books for 2008

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Greening-your-home books are sprouting like alfalfa seeds. New choices this year include: Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly Life (Clarkson Potter, February, $18 [...]

Design ideas for obsolete fireplaces

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A proposal to limit fireplace use, reported here last June, became reality Friday as the South Coast Air Quality Management District board voted unanimously "to impose [...]

Tankless water heaters: pros and cons

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I’ve interviewed a dozen or so people who have installed tankless water heaters (which heat your water on demand rather than storing hot water in a tank) — and [...]

Green building trends

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Here are the latest happenings in green building (as observed at the International Builder’s Show in Orlando, Fla.): • The National Association of Home Builders is [...]

Trends, we’ve got trends

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Trends are a big deal here at the International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla. That’s because the housing market is down, way down, and builders need to figure out what [...]

A new house that will last 150 years?

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While some government programs are flawed, others are sterling. I’m thinking of the excellent Energy Star program of the U.S. Dept. of Energy. And I’m also [...]

How green is my footprint?

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Have you ever wondered how many planets it would take to sustain all 6.6 billion humans on Earth at your rate of consumption? Yeah, me neither. But it’s an interesting [...]

Two new books on green building

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As the phrase "green building" becomes fixed in the American vocabulary, a big question arises: What exactly is it? The concept of green building has evolved over [...]

Enlightened journeys

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I’ve been especially enchanted with several house photos in my collection, and I finally realized what they have in common: All of the homes use natural light to make [...]

Before solar panels, a reality check

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Reader Rich W. has given me two good ideas regarding my quest for a solar-powered home: 1. Learn more about photovoltaic systems and design my own, then hire an installer. 2. [...]

A mod beach house for sis

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Sleek and customized, a ground-up remodel transforms a tiny ocean-view lot. When architect Robert Nebolon started sketching out ideas for his sister’s tear-down and [...]

Loving my new solar-powered fountain

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I’m loving my new solar-powered fountain, which gives me the soothing sounds of water outside my office window without running up my electric bill. And I feel connected [...]
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