Archive for the 'Green Remodeling' Category

Don’t miss out on cash for clunkers for appliances rebates in your state

From Consumer Reports: While a few states started doling out rebates to consumers as part of the $300 million cash for clunkers for appliances program at the end of 2009, the launch date for most states will occur throughout the first several months of 2010. Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois (phase 1 only), Kansas, Oregon, Vermont, Wisconsin, [...]

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Got wind? Try a Honeywell home wind turbine for $5,995

As seen at the International Builder's Show, going on now in Las Vegas:

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Poll — Top 10 green building trends for 2010

The Earth Advantage Institute has given this matter a lot of thought, and here are what it considers the Top 10 green building trends for 2010 (stop me if you’ve heard these before): 1. The smart grid and connected home. 2. Energy labeling for homes and office buildings. 3. Building information modeling (BIM) software. 4. [...]

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California adopts first statewide green building code

Photo caption: The Living Roof, a 2.5 acre rooftop above the California Academy of Sciences in Golden Gate Park on November 5, 2009. Some say the new 'Calgreen' voluntary rating system clashes with the museum's LEED rating system. Robert Galbraith/Reuters/File California continues to take the national lead in environmental protection. The California Building Standards Commission voted unanimously [...]

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A greener house fit for man and beast

For Seattle resident Andy Luk, it's always been about his dog, Spiff. The massive mutt is as much a fixture in Luk's home as his collection of Asian- and nature-inspired artwork and delicate antique furniture. The reason Luk found his hillside home in the first place? Spiff. Almost a decade ago, Luk was taking Spiff [...]

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Posty Cards breaks ground on LEED certified expansion/remodel

Posty Cards, Inc., a manufacturer of personalized business greeting cards in Kansas City, has broken ground on a $6.4 million expansion/remodel that is being built to LEED v3 Gold green building standards.  When the project is completed in July 2010, the new facility will feature a large solar photovoltaic array, solar heated water, high efficiency HVAC, [...]

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Trends in green flooring from Remodeling Magazine

 Mari Strain, owner of Flooring Alternatives, a green flooring retailer that offers consulting services and ships products across the country, says that the range of sustainable flooring options continues to grow. For example, there are now more Forest Stewardship Council (FSC)–certified wood flooring products available. “It’s also more recognized,” she says. “LEED helps bring awareness [...]

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Old building materials make up treasured parts of 1924 kitchen redo

It's hard not to feel that your old house renovation project has gone astray when you find yourself scuttling around inside a rain-soaked Dumpster. And that's exactly where I was a few weeks back, sifting through tons of old plaster, brick and demolition debris after an essential piece of original bathroom plumbing from our 1924 [...]

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Economy wins, environment loses? Survey finds consumers now would rather make their homes prettier than energy-efficient

A new national survey released today finds Americans once again prefer aesthetic home improvements – a refinished kitchen or bathroom – over money-saving improvements, such as energy-efficient windows or a high-efficiency furnace.   The survey, the fifth annual Energy Pulse survey conducted by Shelton Group, found that consumers are reverting to their old priorities as the [...]

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LEED Gold animal shelter opens in Los Angeles

Los Angeles’ North Central Animal Care Center has officially become the first LEED Gold certified animal shelter in the United States. An extensive remodel of the center, first constructed in the early 1970s, was unveiled in October of 2006. Originally awarded silver certification, the addition of more sustainable features and their documentation has recently led [...]

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Brad Pitt’s New Orleans recovery creates world’s ‘biggest green community’

A project helping New Orleans recover from Hurricane Katrina, fronted by Hollywood actor Brad Pitt, will build what's being dubbed as the 'largest and greenest community of single-family homes' in the world. The post-Katrina housing initiative Make It Right New Orleans has already built 13 homes that meet the highest standards of the US Green [...]

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White House to push for easier financing for home retrofits

U.S. homes waste a lot of energy, but who has the money to remodel? The White House is pushing for financing mechanisms to ease the burden. Joe Biden wants to remodel your home and help you figure out how to pay for it. The Vice President today unveiled Recovery through Retrofit (full report here), a [...]

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Sheryl Crow To Help Open USGBC’s Greenbuild With Chase Field Performance

A performance by environmental advocate and nine-time Grammy winner Sheryl Crow will help open the Greenbuild 2009 Conference, which will be held Nov. 11 to 13 in Phoenix. More than 25,000 people attend Greenbuild every year, and its increasing profile and size led the U.S. Green Building Council to open this year’s event at Chase [...]

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‘Ruins of the Second Gilded Age’

Not too long ago, a photo essay was posted on the New York Times website, and then quickly removed.  And that means you probably didn't see it. The title was "Ruins of the Second Gilded Age." The subject was unfinished and abandoned building projects across the U.S., like the one you see above. The photo [...]

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Are solar panels ugly?

In Santa Monica, California, home of the really pretty people, solar panels are fine as long as you hide them from view. That is according to a blog posting at the L.A. Times. It was the City Council who recently voted 4-1 that for some residences solar panels must be installed "in the location that is [...]

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Get out of house with Chinese drywall, doctor tells family

From CNN: Yorelle Haroush fled a million-dollar South Florida home this week — chased out, she said, by drywall made in China that's emitting vapors that smell like rotten eggs.  Haroush lives with her aunt Amy Massachi and her four siblings and cousins in the home. They believe a year's worth of upper respiratory infections, [...]

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45 ways to green any home, whether you rent or own

From the U.S. Green Building Council: KEY: UPFRONT COST: $ Low or none | $$ Moderate ($50-$500) | $$$ High ($500-plus) RELATIVE BENEFITS: Modest benefits | Moderate benefits | High benefits 1. Lint hint Saving energy doesn’t get any easier than this: Lower your energy bill by cleaning your clothes dryer’s lint trap before every [...]

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Q&A: What tax credits can I get for fixing up my home?

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Q&A: What tax credits can I get for fixing up my home?

Question: How has the new Stimulus bill affected the tax credits for energy efficient home improvements?   Answer from Energy Star:   On February 17, 2009, President Obama signed the "Stimulus Bill" (The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009) that made significant changes to the energy efficiency tax credits. These changes apply to products "placed [...]

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What’s up with the blue wood?

If you've noticed some houses in your area being built or fixed up with blue- colored framing lumber, roof trusses and sheathing panels, you may think the Smurfs came in at night and sprayed the place. Actually, the blue wood is BluWood, building components with a factory-applied treatment to prevent mold and rot in wood [...]

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