Cork flooring is, quite simply, a fantastic building material. It’s a quickly renewable and naturally durable surface that offers excellent thermal/acoustic insulation. Now Suberra is offering recycled cork work surfaces that bring the performance of cork up to countertop level.
Doing a little remodeling or renovation? Maybe cleaning out an old office? Well, answering the age-old question “What do we do with all this stuff” just got a little easier. The free iScrap app gives users detailed information on local recycling and dropoff centers.
Produced in Finland, Durat is a polyester-based material for recycled solid surface countertops and work surfaces. It contains roughly 30% recycled post-industrial waste, and is itself 100% recyclable. Durat is extremely durable and resistant to many common chemicals; any surface scuffs can be removed with an light sanding, and the material can be cut and […]
The advantages of hybrid heat pump water heaters are clear: excellent energy efficiency, lower operating costs, and relatively simple and affordable installation. And of all the options available, GE’s GeoSpring model is one of the best.
Given the number of electronic devices and chargers plugged into an average home’s sockets, specialty plug adapters can be a great way to save energy and avoid “energy vampires” that draw power even when they aren’t in use. But what if you could simply plug devices (even USBs) into a “regular” wall outlet and still […]
‘Tis the season once again for ModernEnviro’s holiday gift lists, featuring some of the most clever, best performing, sustainably designed products around. Here we’ve collected some of our favorite ideas for green building do-it-yourself-ers . If you have the right tools for the job, you’re more likely to tackle plenty of small to medium size […]
A new toilet may not seem quite as glamourous as other home improvements, but Icera toilets pack some pretty high-tech features into their product line. Icera’s Hyperion flush system delivers even better performance than many standard models, and uses far less water to do it.
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.
Consumer Reports recently released a homeowners’ guide for updating bathrooms, with tips on everything from picking materials to maximizing the return on your investment. And many of the tips also happen to be great opportunities to make your home a little more eco-friendly.
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 […]
It’s one thing to select an energy efficient appliance or a low-flow water fixture – but where do you start when you want to create an entire green home? David Johnston’s Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy Efficient Home Construction is a great place to begin, with practical tips on a wide […]