We’ve all heard of LEED certification, but a lesser-known set of green building guidelines is going strong in the Southeastern United States. The Earthcraft designation overlaps with Energy Star guidelines, and incorporates building practices optimized for the climate and environment of the Southeast.
In a couple recent articles, we’ve looked at the water- and money-saving potential of dual-flush toilets and low flush designs. But now Texas-based Niagara Conservation has taken water conservation to the next level with a super-efficient toilet that’s ultra quiet, and doesn’t sacrifice any flushing performance.
Durisol insulated concrete forms are a versatile and eco-friendly building material. The forms are made from recycled scrap wood fiber bonded together with Portland cement, and contain integrated rockwool (mineral fiber) insulation.
Paving stones for walkways and patios should be beautiful – but they also need to be practical, durable, and affordable. And what if they happened to be eco-friendly enough to qualify for LEED certification credits?
Located in the bustling Pearl Distict of Portland, 937 is a luxurious high-rise condominium complex that boasts both luxurious living and extremely eco-friendly design.
These ingenious composite pavers are one of the coolest products we’ve seen in a while. They’re durable and easy to install, plus they’re amazingly eco-friendly: made from recycled material with a low embodied energy content, permeable for drainage, and offering substantial LEED credits.
Sometimes the simple solution is a good one. Whole-house efficiency renovations aren’t always practical in the short term, so remember that simple retrofits can be another effective solution. Water-conserving fixtures are great for drastically reducing water use and energy consumption, and these low-flow shower heads actually add a “splash” of luxury to your home.
Looking for a stylish, practical solution for a deck or balcony railing? Look no further – the CableRail system from Feeney Architectural Products is affordable, easy to install, and looks great. And it also happens to be a surprisingly green building material.
Surface materials for countertops, tables, and workspaces can be a great place to get a little creative – both in terms of style and choice of green building materials. Reclaimed wood, industrial glass, and even recycled paper are just a few of the options for environmentally friendly countertops – and now aluminum flake has joined the list.