Marla Esser Cloos Marla inspires and educates about what makes a green home green and how to do it – a bit at a time or all at once. Her work creating an online owners’ manual for green and greener homes, HomeNav.com, and work in national and local businesses, groups and associations, provides her a unique perspective to help people realize the true values of green homes as safer, healthier and more comfortable homes. Marla founded and co-hosts the Green Gab Podcast, on iTunes, 2 Guys Talking Podcast Network and GreenHomeCoach.com. She blogs on Green Home Coach and Proud Green Home. Her articles have appeared in Green Home Builder, Building Women and The Healthy Planet and she is the author of Living Green Effortlessly: Simple Choices to a Better Home from NAHB Builder Books. www
Gabbing about sustainability today. Sustainability, and its cousin – green – are two words that have many meanings and are often misunderstood.
Matt Dobson of the Vinyl Siding Institute joins the Green Gab today. Matt and Matt work together on the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) subcommittee on Sustainability and Green Building which Matt recently chaired.
As we toured homes in search of ours, many of the sales people would proudly point out the HERS rating for the home, yet did not know how to explain how that would affect our living experience in that home.
Appliances help us do so many things in our homes from food prep and storage to all sorts of cleaning tasks in our households. It’s an added benefit when these appliances do even more than just their job by doing it with less energy, water and/or resources.
A home that looks good and performs well is likely a home that has some building science under the covers.
Do you wonder how common sense doesn’t seem so common anymore? So to the internet I went for a little more digging and I found an article about eight steps to develop your commonsense further.
The sunsets in Oklahoma City are breath-taking and I’d forgotten how beautiful they are. The climate and the flat landscape are likely some of the reasons. Whatever the reasons, it is a lovely gift of being in a new place and it brings a smile to my heart each time.
Gabbing with Kellye Markowski with Energy Smart Homes - a residential and commercial energy audit provider and project management.
Recycling is a first step or gateway to greener living and often the first action that leads to others. As recycling has become more a part of our daily habits, we can now ask “What next?”
Using resources – materials and products - wisely is a key practice of green building and includes practices ranging from optimizing use of resources to choosing durable materials that will stand the test of time and offer lower maintenance.
Building or finding your dream home is a goal for many of us. For me it is building or renovating the green home of my dreams. So, it is important to understand not only how to pay for our dream home, yet also how to plan for it.
All of us want to breathe well in our homes. Yet often, the indoor air quality or the indoor environment, may not be allowing us to breathe as well as we want. There are immediate actions all of us can take to breathe well in our homes.
Gabbing about lighting and how it is brilliant – both in beauty and practicality.
A basic understanding of the energy efficient practices and features in a home and the anatomy of a typical green home provides a starting place for understanding the terminology used when building an energy efficient home.
Habitat for Humanity helps many people have a home of their own. Gabbing with Michelle Woods with Habitat for Humanity- St. Charles.
Good old common sense is really the foundation for the basic principles of green home. It does seem that sometimes common sense is not so common. One of the basic premises of green design is lot and site or rather...
What does green living really entail and how can it help save ourselves? Join the gab about green living and consumer education for homeowners and residents to learn how to live greener. Green living can start with our buying choices...
15 years of Green Buildings Are Better in the St. Louis Metro brings Hope Gribble of the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) – Missouri Gateway Chapter to the studio to gab with us.
Gabbing about green remodeling in historic homes and general remodeling projects with a green tint with Kate Ewing of Mosby Building Arts.
Find out what the heck a REC is today with Kathleen Beebe. Kathleen gabs with us about Ameren's Pure Power voluntary renewable energy program and the impact it is having in the St. Louis area.