Prefab house book gives global perspective on green building phenomenon

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For anyone considering a green home project, take time out to consider the fast-growing world of prefab and systems built homes. With her new book Prefabulous World: Energy-Efficient and Sustainable Homes around the Globe, author Sheri Koones opens the door on this global phenomenon.

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ABC Green Home 2.0 ready to break ground

Building on the success of the ABC Green Home 1.0, the 2.0 version of the green building demonstration home will be built and donated to a disabled veteran through Habitat for Humanity.

Welcome to ozone season

Just as we’ve wrapped up spring allergy season comes the annual summer onset of ozone warnings. Weather announcers in many cities provide daily updates this time of year, categorizing the levels anywhere from safe to...

DOE recognizes Proud Green Home at Serenbe

The U.S. Department of Energy recognized the Proud Green Home at Serenbe as the first DOE Zero Energy Ready Home in the state of Georgia.

Proud Green Home receives NAHB 'Project of the Year Award for Single Family-Small Volume'

Deep green demonstration home honored for high performance and architectural style.

Philly Opens First LEED-Platinum Neighborhood Development in U.S. (photos)

The City of Brotherly Love has just cut the ribbon on one of the greenest neighborhoods in the U.S. It's also affordable.

Low-VOC paints ready for LEED v4 buildings (video)

Make sure your paint meets the new green certification standards.

Sherwin-Williams Paints, Stains, Supplies and Coating Solutions - Interview at Greenbuild in Philadelphia

An interview with Steve Revnew of Sherwin-Williams at Greenbuild in Philadelphia. Steve talks about how Sherwin-Williams meets the newest "green" certifications and how their zero-VOC product (Harmony) actually reduces formaldehyde, improving indoor air quality.

Minneapolis launches massive, 100 green home project (video, photos)

One of the Twin Cities seeks to revitalize some of its most put-upon neighborhoods by sponsoring a massive, green housing project.

Low VOC paints don't require compromise for beauty or durability

New paint systems deliver indoor air quality improvements.

Zero-VOC paints line the walls of the Proud Green Home at Serenbe

Indoor quality was a top priority in the home's design.

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When a low-VOC paint just isn't enough

Choosing a low-VOC paint is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to a truly clean product for your home.

Healthy home demo features indoor air quality strategies

Why is a healthy home important? The EPA has said that 46 percent of homes, commercial buildings and schools have an indoor air quality problem due to moisture and mold. LEED indicates in their Green Apple Campaign that 15,000 schools in the U.S.

Low-VOC paint now listed in Declare green product listing

Non-toxic paint line accepted by Living Building Challenge green products database.

Durable low-VOC paints offer long life and low odors

One-coat painting is always the goal but it's been difficult to achieve with interior paints. Now a new premium paint from Valspar and Lowe's offers a durable one-coat technology that’s also low in volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and low in...

Zero-VOC natural milk paint still churning 40 years after rediscovery of ancient paint formula

An historic all-natural, zero-VOC paint formula was brought back to life when a furniture maker was looking for an authentic finish for Colonial furniture reproductions. In 1974, furniture maker Charles Thibeau from Groton, Mass., rediscovered the natural formulas for milk...

Reclaimed wood siding uses zero-VOC paints

A new exterior cladding line uses reclaimed wood from the Pacific Northwest protected with zero-VOC paint for long-term sustainability. Drawing inspiration from the rhythms of nature and human spirit, Windfall Color Cladding combines premium, zero-VOC interior paint from YOLO Colorhouse,...

Low-VOC paints lead to new market for home painting contractors

Home painting contractors that specialize in low-VOC paints have found that homeowners embrace the opportunity to maintain good indoor air quality for their families. Jonathan Shenk, owner of Greenleaf Painters in Lawrence, N.J., began specializing in green painting for homes...

3 ways to use low-VOC paint in your green home

Many people say they love the smell of a freshly painted room. But what they’re really inhaling are volatile organic compounds.

Exterior paint line adds Microban to battle bacteria, mold and mildew

Davis-Frost launched its Weatherhide line of exterior paint with Microban antimicrobial technology, the first paint company to use the Microban brand in exterior paint. Weatherhide brand exterior paint is 100 percent acrylic and comes in a semi-gloss finish for house...

Plant-based paint delivers zero emissions for better indoor air quality

A new eco-friendly paint is made from plant-based products and has zero emissions into the air. Benjamin Moore & Co. released its newest product, Benjamin Moore Natura Renew, the first premium, bio-renewable paint with zero emissions.

Is the paint in your home making your family sick?

The chemicals and allergens commonly found in building materials contribute to all kinds of illnesses, especially asthma. What does asthma have to do with the paint on your walls? Most household paints have chemicals that aggravate asthma, and some could...

Good paint can make for good students

More than half the schools in the U.S. have problems associated with poor indoor air quality, and one of those issues is building materials with a high level of volatile organic compounds. The health and comfort of students and teachers are among the many factors that contribute to learning and productivity in the classroom.

Breathe easy in a Healthy Dream Home designed for indoor air quality

The average American spends about 90 percent of their time indoors. Unfortunately, the EPA says indoor air is about 10 times more polluted than outdoor air. That's why Majestic Estate Developers conceived the Healthy Dream Home, a residence that emphasizes...

Baby furniture earns GREENGUARD certification for low-VOC content

A new line of baby furniture from designer Karla Dubois earned GREENGUARD certification for meeting sustainability and low-toxicity requirements. GREENGUARD’s Gold certification helps consumers find manufacturers that actually meet the rigorous standards of sustainability and low-toxicity through independent third party...

Paint with active carbon technology absorbs formaldehyde for better indoor air quality

Nippon Paint's new Odour-Less AirCare uses active carbon technology to cleanse the air by absorbing formaldehyde, a common indoor air pollutant. Available through Nippon Paint (India) Pvt Ltd, the paint was developed to improve indoor air quality in India. The...

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Improve the indoor air quality in your home with low- and zero-VOC paints. These sustainable paints are formulated to be safe for indoor use and reduce environmental impact.