Eric Corey Freed / Eric Corey Freed, LEED AP, Hon. FIGP, is founding principal of organicARCHITECT, a nationally known award-winning architecture and consulting firm in California, with nearly 20 years of experience in green building and sustainable planning. Eric is a renowned speaker and author of four books on sustainable design.
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Biggest innovation of the past year

Although there have been many exciting innovations in the past year to point out, the one that sticks in my mind is the size of an apple. The Nest Thermostat is a learning thermostat, that is to say it learns what temperature you like, when you like it and when you're away from home.

Energy efficiency

Between the economic meltdown and the push for green buildings, saving energy, water and money in your home is more popular than ever. Fortunately, greening your home doesn't have to be time consuming or expensive. Change your light bulbs already!...

Making every drop count

Water efficiency is more important now than ever before. I spoke at the PCBC Conference in San Francisco about water efficiency. Although buildings only account for about 15 percent of water use (in California, as per the USGS), conserving water in our buildings is becoming increasingly important.

Top trends of the year

Several clear memes were present this year: Living Buildings: The idea of simply being "less bad" with our buildings is not enough. We need regenerative buildings to restore the environment from the damage we cause.

18 Painless suggestions to save our planet

1. Look for and purchase pro-environmental products and services (like your architect!). 2.

Green kitchen countertop materials

In designing homes, one of the items that gets people excited, believe it or not, is countertops. While most homeowners do not have strong feelings about toilet fixtures, roofing material or exterior siding, their eyes always light up when the subject of countertops comes up for discussion.

Rating the real payoff from 50 green home projects

How many environmentalists does it take to change a light bulb? There are several answers to this joke (none of them that funny), but the real answer is: "all of them." Everyone should be swapping their burnt out incandescent bulbs...

Eco-friendly landscaping tips

ProudGreenHome: How can a landscape be made environmentally friendly? Eric Corey Freed: The natural landscape is a potential source of beauty for your home — it's a source of a lot of work, too. Many homeowners lose every weekend just trying to keep their yards looking good.

Potential problems and fixes in building

A look at some potential problems and how to correct: Drywall — THE PROBLEM WITH IT: The chief ingredient in a drywall panel is gypsum, which is mined out of the earth uses a great deal of heat to produce. This heat requires energy and gives off CO2.

List of no brainers for every project

Every project should be a Passive Solar design, orient to the sun and incorporate passive cooling. Double the minimum amount of insulation required. Use only non-toxic or recycled content insulation. Use low/no-VOC and formaldehyde-free paint.

What happened to Modernism?

Modernism week is an annual event held every February in Palm Springs, California. Thousands of people descend on the Coachella Valley to tour some of the incredible examples of Mid-Century Modern buildings that exist here.

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