Utilizing reclaimed wood is a one way to substantially “green-ify” a building or renovation project. Oregon-based Viridian Wood Products offers a range of unique, high-quality flooring and other wood building materials, and it all comes from an unexpected source.
To make the process of choosing eco-friendly building materials for construction or renovation a little bit easier, Home Depot has created a “LEED For Homes” program in conjunction with the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Homeowners can now easily find products by LEED categories, and view the point values for each product.
One of the many components of a sustainable home is the floor. Ready to install a cork floor, or maybe add some energy efficient radiant heating? Just remember, when it’s renovation time the existing floor probably needs to be removed before you can move forward. So get the right tool for the job: this contractor-grade, […]
The Sustainable Building Bible is a resource created by Tim Pullen, a UK-based sustainable building consultant. It covers big-picture considerations such as green design trends and choosing sustainable materials, as well as tips for specific issues like draft-proofing and water conservation.
Hardwood decking is both beautiful and extremely durable. Unfortunately, many hardwoods aren’t the greenest building materials. But Eco Arbor tiles are a clever solution that are economical, easy to install, and easy on the environment.
BamDeck combines the beauty and eco-friendliness of bamboo with the extreme durability of composite decking. It’s made from recycled materials, and offers an alternative to tropical hardwood decks that is both stunning and practical.
James Hardie cement fiber products are quickly gaining popularity because they offer the look of traditional wood, but are far more durable. Their durability combined with Hardie’s environmentally friendly manufacturing techniques make them a great choice for exterior finishes.
A typical demolition job destroys loads of potentially usable materials and sends them to a landfill. A more environmentally friendly approach is “deconstruction”, which gives construction waste a new lease on life. Best of all, it can also make good economic sense by cutting a variety of project costs.
If you live in the Southeastern US, mark your calendar for the 2012 Greenprints conference in Atlanta. Green building, urban sustainability, and policy experts will present on March 7th & 8th at the Georgia Tech Research Institute.
Garage doors don’t get much respect, considering that they cover a substantial amount of space on a home. Even if your garage isn’t a climate-controlled space, moderating the temperature in a garage can save a ton of money and energy by protecting your living space from temperature extremes – so it’s worth investing in an […]
Tropical hardwoods like teak, Ipé, and Mahogany are extraordinarily durable and beautiful building materials. Unfortunately, exotic hardwoods are very slow-growing, and extracting them for use is often a pretty environmentally nasty business. Kebony comes from sustainable, readily-available woods that are treated with biowaste-derived extracts to mimic the performance of hardwoods.