Natural Linoleum Flooring

Linoleum is a natural, durable, resilient flooring product made from linseed oil, pine resin, wood flour, cork powder, limestone dust, natural pigments, and jute. Natural linoleum can be used anywhere a resilient floor is needed. This fact sheet from Build It Green examines the benefits of natural linoleum.

HVAC Systems

Equipment sizing, system design and installation will all determine the overall efficiency and performance of an HVAC system. This fact sheet from Build It Green presents information on HVAC systems including basic function, designing and sizing, efficiencies of the most common system types, and installation and maintenance requirements.

Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Constructing a healthy environment is a very important emphasis of green building. Since North Americans spend about 90% of their time indoors, the quality of that indoor air can greatly impact one's health. This document lists common indoor air contaminants and steps to take to minimize their impact.

Insulation & Air Sealing

Insulation and a tight exterior seal are two of the most important components of a home's protection against outside conditions. This fact sheet discusses all aspects of insulation and air sealing.

Graywater Use for Irrigation

Graywater is defined as untreated household wastewater, which has not come into contact with toilet waste. There are many benefits to "harvesting" graywater, but there are also challenges to be addressed. This fact sheet from Build It Green details the considerations for graywater use.

Green Living and Housekeeping

Many common household cleaning products contain alcohols, ammonia, bleach, formaldehyde, and lye which may cause many health issues. This fact sheet from Build It Green addresses how to keep your home looking its best, while at the same time, providing a safe environment for the inhabitants.

HDPE (High Density Polyethylene) Pipe

HDPE pipe is durable, virtually leak-free, corrosion resistant, and ductile. Its greater resilience and flexibility make it resistant to surges, damage from digging, and shifting soils during earthquakes. HDPE pipe is also a good green choice.

GreenPoint Rated Existing Home Backgrounder

GreenPoint Rated is a credible third party rating system administered by Build It Green, a non-profit organization in California, that offers a trustworthy consumer label verifying the green features in a home.

Green Building Ideas

This fact sheet from Build It Green outlines some basic concepts and ideas important to taking a "whole system" approach to green building.

Air Filters

To be sure of the efficiency claims of air filters, select only those where the type of test or rating is referenced. This document from Build It Green discusses five types of air filters and the associated ratings.

Bamboo Flooring

This document from Build It Green discusses the environmental advantages of bamboo flooring over finite raw material and long-cycle renewable resources. Bamboo flooring sources are also listed.

"Green" Carpet

This document from Build It Green discusses the advantages of "Green" carpet over conventional carpet material. "Green" carpet sources are also listed.

Choosing a Green Building Professional

This document from Build It Green will be useful to anyone in any area who wants to know how to choose a builder who is capable of building your green dream. Learn about locating a green builder and questions to ask before hiring.

Cork Flooring

This fact sheet from Build It Green identifies manufacturers and suppliers of Cork Flooring and details the benefits of this flooring choice.

Cotton Insulation

This fact sheet from Build It Green identifies manufacturers and suppliers of cotton insulation and discusses benefits of this insulation choice.

Countertops

This fact sheet from Build It Green provides detailed descriptions of the 10 material options for countertops including their green attributes. It also includes material performance ratings for functional and environmental categories as well as cost ratings.

Daylighting for Homes

By reducing the need for electric light, daylighting can substantially lower home energy use. Since excessive daylighting can increase both heating and cooling loads, a balanced approach is needed which involves whole building design.

"Green" Fiberglass Insulation

While fiberglass insulation has widespread use largely because it is generally the least expensive option available, from an environmental perspective, there are some significant drawbacks. This fact sheet from Build It Green details the environmental benefits of using "Green" Fiberglass insulation.

Fly Ash Concrete

Fly ash, a noncombusted by-product of coal-fired power plants, generally ends up in a landfill. However, when high volumes are used in concrete, it creates a stronger, more durable product and reduces concrete's environmental impact considerably.

Top 15 Green Building Ideas

There are plenty of building techniques and products to integrate into a green home. This guide includes 15 ideas to get you started.

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