Archive for the 'Green Remodeling' Category

Green home books for 2008

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 paper) by Ed Begley Jr. The author shares his eco-experiences and offers advice on what works and what will save readers money. Green House: Eco-Friendly Disposal and Recycling at Home [...]

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Design ideas for obsolete fireplaces

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 hefty fines on homeowners who burn wood in fireplaces on high-pollution days during winter months — usually about two dozen days," according to the L.A. Times. Plus: "Builders will [...]

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Green model homes burn near Seattle; arson suspected

As further indication that you can’t please everyone when it comes to green building, four model homes with sustainable features burned today near Seattle and “authorities found a sign purportedly left by eco-terrorists that mocks claims that the homes were environmentally friendly,” according to an article in the L.A. Times. The spray-painted sign, which bore [...]

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Dust Digest: green remodeling goodies across the web

• Regreen Program set to launch March 14 [Regreen Program.org] • Solar Basics: Is my home right for solar power? [Evo.com] • Green remodeling ideas for home sellers [The Daily Green] • The greenest synagogue in the land [Chicago Tribune] • L.A. ready to enact tighter green building standards [L.A. Times] • Speakers announced for [...]

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Your neighbor’s trees vs. your solar panels (or vice versa)

Here’s a dilemma that pits tree hugger against tree hugger: What happens when one home’s trees block another home’s solar panels? This problem is not new, but with increased interest in rooftop solar panels, the consequences are more than aesthetics or sunny days versus shady days. Now we’re talking about a homeowner’s ability to generate [...]

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Tankless water heaters: pros and cons

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 several contractors who have installed dozens more tankless water heaters — and the comments I’ve heard about the devices have been overwhelmingly positive. And yet . [...]

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Q&A: Where to find locally quarried stone?

If you’re going green, you know that transportation of your green goods must be factored in. Even if a product is made of recycled materials, for instance, when you have to ship it halfway around the world, that creates a lot of greenhouse gases and negates your green efforts. All this is especially so with [...]

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Q&A: Where to find locally quarried stone?

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Green building trends

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 trying to play catch-up with the green building movement (architects have long pushed green building) and has launched its own green building rating system to compete with the more [...]

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Trends, we’ve got trends

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 buyers want. A trend forecast conducted by researcher Gopal Ahluwalia, with the National Assn. of Home Builders, and Gayle Butler, editor-in-chief of Better Homes and [...]

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A new house that will last 150 years?

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 thinking of PATH, which stands for Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing. PATH is a partnership of public and private entities — homebuilders, product manufacturers, insurance companies, financial companies [...]

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Save the Date: Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo

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Save the Date: Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo

The 5th Annual Alternative Building Materials & Design Expo will take place Friday and Saturday, April 25 and 26, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Friday is geared toward building professionals, and Saturday sessions are for the general public. Admission is free. Organizers say there will be seminars and more [...]

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How green is my footprint?

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 question. And to get the answer, American Public Media has created Consumer Consequences, an online "game" where you can calculate how sustainable your lifestyle really [...]

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New Product: TimberWolf composite fencing

I’ll be blogging live next month from the International Builders Show in Orlando, Fla., but manufacturers are introducing so many new products now that I’m getting a head start. One of these is TimberWolf, a wood-composite fencing material made by FiberTech Polymers of Santa Ana. The fencing is manufactured, the company says, from 100% post-consumer [...]

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Two new books on green building

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 recent decades. In the 1960s, the back-to-nature movement meant log cabins, sod roofs and wood-burning stoves. However, the population of the country has nearly doubled since 1960, from [...]

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Enlightened journeys

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 the journeys from room to room more pleasant. The top photo shows Claire Gunning, 8, walking down the stairway in her family’s Hermosa Beach home, which [...]

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Poll: Should the power company be able to adjust your thermostat?

**UPDATE: Jan. 16: “State officials have ditched a plan to require remote-controlled thermostats in homes and businesses.” (San Francisco Chronicle) But you may be able to request one if you’re so inclined. Read more** Here’s one way to prevent blackouts during times of high power demand: Equip homes and businesses with remote-control thermostats that allow [...]

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Before solar panels, a reality check

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. Find out how much power I’m using in my house, and where all those watts are going. This is good advice. I’ve long heard [...]

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A mod beach house for sis

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 rebuild in south Hermosa Beach, he felt pretty confident that his design would meet the needs of her family — despite the challenging 30-by-50-foot lot they had to work with. But [...]

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