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Today, home fireplaces represent an aesthetic choice, but also can contribute to the sustainability of the home in terms of reduced fossil fuel consumption. These modern high-performance enclosed fireplaces are a long way from the standard masonry fireplace with folding glass doors that graced many homes in the post-war years.
Investing in your home, the biggest asset most people own, can be a wise decision. A few basic remodeling projects can improve comfort and aesthetics and lower your utility costs.
The newest trends in sustainability are now showcased throughout this Guide. Companies globally have a sustainable message to tell in sustainability. The products and trends are greatly enhancing our day to day living.
This white paper, sponsored by Ply Gem,discusses the benefits and strategies of creating what is called The Designed Exterior by Ply Gem.
Building green homes, and properly marketing them, is how builders are thriving in a tough economy.
Laying down barriers and protecting against dust and grime during the building phase helps eliminate potential problems for homeowners.
The Cooke Street community in Raleigh, N.C., needed to provide attractive, affordable housing. Energy-efficient designs helped keep home costs down.
Decision-makers must understand the types of wastewater systems, their costs and the regulations surrounding them.
Technology is helping consumers light their homes more efficiently, but the different technologies and their pros and cons can be confusing. Learn the basics of task lighting, accent lighting and general lighting; how to choose the best bulb for your needs; and the lates in green lighting solutions.
Sensors, timers and dimmers can all help control home energy costs and improve lighting consumption.
Protecting floors during construction saves money for builders and ultimately provides cleaner air for homeowners.
An investment in a smaller home can offer big dividends, including lower cost of ownership, a better sense of community and a smaller environmental impact.
Water is our most precious resource and yet every day we waste exorbitant amounts of it. There are many products and simple tips to follow to save water and money.
Studies from the Environmental Protection Agency have shown levels of pollutants in your home to be at least five times higher than outdoor levels. There are simple tips to follow to improve your indoor air quality.
Until recently, Combined Heat and Power (CHP) systems were only available on an industrial or commercial scale. Micro-CHPs bring the same concept home, operating at close to 90 percent efficiency, which saves money and resources.
At least half of your home's energy bill is generated through the heating, ventilating and air conditioning (HVAC) system. Following basic energy-efficient tips about space heating can make a big difference for your budget and for the environment.
A home energy audit can assess your home's energy consumption and evaluate what else can be done to reach your highest green potential. Audits pinpoint exactly where you're losing energy, and measure the efficiency of your home's HVAC systems.
Adding replacement windows will save you money on energy bills, reduce your carbon footprint and provide a more comfortable living environment.
The roofing system is one of the most important decisions you can make to save money and decrease your carbon footprint.
Incorporating permeable pavers into your hardscaping will reduce storm water runoff, control pollutants and reduce downstream erosion.