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Architectural Salvage 101

Architects, designers, and homeowners are increasingly on the hunt for salvage materials whose superior grade and character have passed the test of time.
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2011 Trends in Eco-Friendly Kitchen & Bath Products

Most new models of toilets, showers, and kitchen appliances reflect eco-friendly manufacturing and design principles these days, and now the homeowner seeking a total “green” solution is able to choose from a growing number of lighting, heating, plumbing, and floor products, like those displayed at the 2011 Kitchen & Bath Industry Show in Las Vegas.…
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LEED Green Building Certification for Homes

Until recently, residential customers who wanted a greener home worked without a certification, researching and specifying building materials for their new homes and remodels. Now LEED for Homes (LEED-H) can guarantee that green building materials are used during construction, energy-efficiency standards are maintained, and indoor air quality is assured for the homeowners.
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Green Home Innovations

As energy prices have risen and the green movement has become more mainstream, innovative materials, systems, and practices have become big business. Here are a few favorites of builders and designers.
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Green Homes-Online Planning Tools

Homeowners have access to a growing variety of interactive green tools, on websites of government agencies, organizations, and businesses, that can be used to estimate potential financial and environmental returns.
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What Is Greenwashing?

Guilty parties span a wide spectrum, from product manufacturers to businesses who have no direct investment in sustainable building but would like to attract green-conscious customers.
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Energy Star Homes

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, through its Energy Star program, enables consumers to easily identify homes that meet strict energy-efficiency guidelines.
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Solar Thermal Collection and Delivery

Unlike photovoltaic systems, which convert the sun's energy into electricity, active solar thermal systems transform sun-heated fluid into space heat and hot water. Systems consist of electric pumps, fans, complex controls, storage tanks, and collectors. Two types of collectors gather solar rays: flat-plate and evacuated-tube. Flat-plate is the more common type and has been around…
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