• Passive Solar Straw bale - Alaska
    Has your dream ever been to live in Alaska? Our aprox. 3075 square feet (1-3 bedroom) home on 2.96 acres is a passive solar, straw bale structure ten minutes from Fairbanks. This home is both a 5-star Alaska energy plus rated home and is the Alaskan home example (2004) on the homes-across-america.org website. This home […]

New Free LEED for Homes Scoring Tool

Word on the street is it’s pretty well done: http://www.leedforhomes.org/OST/homepage.aspx

Did it work well for you?

Update: I got a chance to give this a spin. The “quick score” is straightforward and works well (the dream building I entered came in about half way between Gold and Platinum). The more detailed scoring gets into a . . . → Read More: New Free LEED for Homes Scoring Tool

Plant a Tree This Winter For a Green Spring

By Dick Peterson

Winter is one of the best times to plant a tree. Many excellent varieties are available at your local nursery, with some of the best trees available in the winter. Your new tree will use the winter dormant season to establish new roots. When spring arrives, your tree will be on . . . → Read More: Plant a Tree This Winter For a Green Spring

Deter Pests and Use Less Pesticide With Good Home Maintenance

by Erik Bliss

For decades we have relied on chemical barriers to keep pests out of our homes, rather than trying to physically exclude them. As more people become concerned with the health and environmental risks associated with chemical pesticides, the focus of pest control has shifted towards a more “integrated” approach. Officially called Integrated . . . → Read More: Deter Pests and Use Less Pesticide With Good Home Maintenance

DOE Launches the High Efficiency Windows Volume Purchase Program

May 27, 2010

The U.S. Department of Energy today announced the launch of the Highly-Insulating R-5 Windows and Low-e Storm Windows Volume Purchase Program, part of a multi-year integrated strategy to transform the market for high efficiency windows. The initiative will facilitate the broader deployment of these windows by pairing manufacturers with buyers looking to . . . → Read More: DOE Launches the High Efficiency Windows Volume Purchase Program

Logical Landscapes for Green Living in Central Texas

You bought a home–it cost a lot of money. Now you want a landscape that will enhance your home’s beauty, add value to your home, and be easy to maintain. Landscaping choices are an important part of the City’s Green Builder Program. By making good choices when you plant, you can save time, money and protect Austin’s beautiful natural environment. . . . → Read More: Logical Landscapes for Green Living in Central Texas

Concrete Foundations that Double as the Finished Floor

Not too long ago about the only place you saw a concrete floor was in a warehouse or industrial setting-not anymore. Concrete slab foundations finished as floors are becoming more commonplace in residential and in all types of commercial construction. . . . → Read More: Concrete Foundations that Double as the Finished Floor

Drought Protection on a Budget

As the weather turns warmer, landscapes are breaking their winter dormancy and waking up to a powerful thirst. Although the current drought has been especially tough on ranchers and farmers, homeowners are to feeling the pinch too. Many are turning to local irrigation contractors, who are scrambling to fulfill an overload of requests for sprinkler system installations and repairs. Used efficiently, automatic watering systems are a powerful tool for dry weather. However, you don’t need a sprinkler system to reduce drought-stress in your landscape. By following these tips you can conserve precious water and save money. . . . → Read More: Drought Protection on a Budget

Don’t Let Your Roof Take the Heat

Picture this: It’s a hot and humid summer day. You head for the indoors and some relief from your trusty air conditioning (A/C) system. Three hours later, you’re slightly cooler, but you’re wondering why your A/C unit hasn’t shut off yet. . . . → Read More: Don’t Let Your Roof Take the Heat

ASTM Standard Guide for Earthen Wall Systems

A note from our friend Bruce King:

Friends and colleagues —

I’m very happy to tell you that ASTM International has approved publication of revisions to ASTM E2392, Standard Guide for Design of Earthen Wall Building Systems.

This has been a four year project for me and for the Ecological Building Network, and you helped . . . → Read More: ASTM Standard Guide for Earthen Wall Systems

New Topic: Shipping Container Housing

One important guideline for sustainable building is to use materials which are locally abundant. Another guideline is that waste from one system can often be utilized as feedstock for another.

Shipping containers are abundant in the US due to current trade imbalances and are therefore inexpensive pre-built modules which some enterprising people have begun using . . . → Read More: New Topic: Shipping Container Housing

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