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Remodeling and indoor air pollution

We hope our remodels will beautify our homes, not pollute them. But that’s exactly what happens when the various glues, paints, fabric finishes, formaldehyde and other [...]

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Video: Green Claremont fire rebuild

We first met this wonderful couple — Vern and Deb Jahnke — earlier this year when they gave me a tour of their Claremont home for a Pardon Our Dust feature. You [...]

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Affordable green prefabs

When it comes to green building, some professions and industries get it, and some don’t (yet). Those who get it are architects and manufacturers. Those who are playing [...]

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DoItYourself.com goes green

The Los Angeles-based website DoItYourself.com has gone green by offering a series of articles on green DIY projects. They include: Installing bamboo floorsHow to install a [...]

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Solar Christmas lights

***UPDATE*** I got a response from Gaiam and these lights are, indeed, LED lights, which means they will last for many years. And now the original posting: Here’s what [...]

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This green contractor takes a stand

Here’s the problem with green building: There is no firm agreement among all of us on what is green enough. Various green rating systems exist, and individual opinions [...]

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It’s easy going green . . . not!

Yes, I can change my light bulbs to compact fluorescents, drive an economical car and recycle as much as possible. I do and it’s easy. But when it comes to buying [...]

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YouTube Video: Modest green remodel

The young couple who remodeled their home in an environmentally conscious manner — and documented it in this well-done nine-minute YouTube video — did so because [...]

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The green glossary

Many of us are just waking up the importance of green building (thank you Ed Begley Jr. et al), but the L.A. Times was all over this years ago. Check out this Cheat sheet to [...]

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A prefab addition? Why not?

Having grown up in a construction family, I’m always pretty quick to defend the livelihoods of carpenters, masons, plasterers, plumbers and electricians who are out [...]

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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 [...]

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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: [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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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 [...]

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Q&A: Is building green worth it?

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