We’ve all heard of LEED when it comes to green building certification, but a lesser-known set of 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.
Homeowners love the warmth, comfort and quiet of carpeted floors. Unfortunately, traditional carpets can contain nasty chemicals like VOCs (volatile organic compounds), and their resource-intensive manufacturing process can be extremely wasteful. FLOR carpet tiles aim to change all that, offering high-performance flooring with an emphasis on sustainability all the way from its design to disposal.
Traditional demolition can be extremely wasteful, so we’re a huge fan of deconstruction to preserve reusable materials. Massachusetts-based EcoBuilding Bargains is a unique business that cuts construction waste and saves money for customers, by offering both deconstruction services and a retail outlet for all those reclaimed building materials.
A high-quality polyurethane finish is the key to preserving wood furniture and floors. Unfortunately, traditional petroleum-based products (and even many water-based finishes) contain some pretty nasty chemicals. Produced in Vermont using whey protein from the dairy industry, PolyWhey is a natural, safe, and durable alternative to these toxic finishes.
With winter temperatures chilling much of the country, many homeowners want to be sure their houses are sealed and insulated from the cold. But not all so-called green insulation is created the same – and while the idea of adding insulation to save energy is solid, some insulating materials are surprising unfriendly to the environment.