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  1. Energy-efficient construction

    Energy consumption and ways to reduce it regularly find their way into the headlines. Even without considering the social and environmental consequences of energy use, there’s a very good reason to consider it carefully as you plan your home. Energy costs money and it’s likely to cost more tomorrow than today. Planning can either save […]

  2. Environmentally Friendly Home Rear

    Natural Selection: An Environmentally Friendly Home

    A Florida couple lets Mother Nature be their guide when building a cozy, environmentally friendly home.

  3. Eco-Friendly Design House

    5 Eco-Friendly Design Tips

    1. Be Passive Place your home on your property so that its longer sides face south or north. This will help you take advantage of passive cooling/heating, reducing your reliance on supplemental energy sources. To reduce afternoon sun exposure, minimize west-facing windows and maximize those that look to the south. Shade east-, south- and west-facing […]

  4. Plants that Improve Indoor Air Quality

    Long before the “green” movement swept our country, researchers at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) were studying the effects of foliage on common household pollutants. For astronauts spending extended stretches of time in a confined space, this would mean improved air quality, and ultimately, improved quality of life. Dubbed the “Clean Air Study,” […]

  5. Long Term Green Planning | Green Building Tips

    Long Term Green Planning Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum In addition to practices you can put in place today, the idea of building green also takes into account creating structures that won’t have to be renovated or torn down within 25 years, as is the case with most buildings in North America. Increase the […]

  6. Energy-Star Approval | Green Building Tips

    Energy-star Approval Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Energy Star appliances are designed to meet the highest efficiency standards, and, according to the U.S. Green Building Council, each one translates into a savings of at least $50 per year on your energy bill. For resources on how to incorporate money and environment-saving products and programs […]

  7. Indoor Air Quality | Green Building Tips

    Indoor Air Quality Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum For a more comfortable home that breathes easy and is easier to breathe in, a ventilation system will remove stale air from your home and replace it with fresh outdoor air. Also, opt for stains, finishes and cleaning products that don’t contain volatile organic compounds (VOCs). […]

  8. Indoor Climate Control | Green Building Tips

    Indoor Climate Control Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Heating and cooling costs account for about 45 percent of your home’s energy usage, which is why it’s key to get a tight seal on your home. By installing high-performance Low-E windows you can shave off up to 25 percent of your energy use. Visit the […]

  9. Sealing Your Log Home | Green Building Tips

    Sealing Your Home Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum If you’re building a half-log home or are otherwise planning to use insulation, consider using environmentally friendly products like cotton and cellulose (recycled newspaper), which will help keep you warm in the winter without the off-gassing effects of typical residential insulation. (Formaldehyde-soaked fiberglass shards are never […]

  10. Conserving Water | Green Building Tips

    Conserve Water Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum All of your green landscaping won’t do much good if you’re watering the sidewalks and streets surrounding your home whenever you feed your plants. Choosing efficient irrigation controllers will ensure that your yard — and only your yard — gets the appropriate amount of water. It’s as […]

  11. Eco-Friendly Landscaping | Green Building Tips

    Eco-Friendly Landscaping Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Strategic landscaping not only beautifies your yard — it can contribute to your household’s bottom line. In addition to shading your home, careful positioning of trees and shrubs can help you cut down on how much you need to use your air conditioner. But eco-friendly landscaping doesn’t […]

  12. Reduce Construction Waste | Green Building Tips

    Limit Construction Waste Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Once the trees are cut, a green builder will perform work on your home in a way that minimizes the amount of waste by keeping materials in your home — and out of a landfill. “Every part of our log gets used. There’s zero waste when […]

  13. Use Sustainable Materials | Green Building Tips

    Use Sustainable Materials Green Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum Building with logs is a key component to your earth-friendly abode. Up the green quotient even further by using logs that have been sustainably harvested. Many foresters will earmark a certain number of trees in a forest to be cut down each year. Once one section […]

  14. Reduce Your Ecological Footprint | Green Building Tips

    Reduce Your Ecological FootprintGreen Building Tips by: Kenya McCullum John Boys of Nicola LogWorks has a strict policy when it comes to building log homes for his clients — if the house they want is too big, he won’t build it. Although that may sound like business suicide, John — who has been building log […]

  15. Orient Your Home Around the Sun | Green Building Tips

    Orient Your Home Around the SunGreen Building Tips The way a builder orients a home in relation to the sun can go a long way toward efficiently lighting, heating and cooling it. Strategic positioning of the structure on your land, followed by thoughtful window and door placement, will allow you to take advantage of natural […]

  16. Green Living – Lawns

      The Greenest Grass Go green with eco-friendly lawn-care tips that will give you the prettiest yard of them all. by: Lucinda Michell If you covet a beautiful lawn created by synthetic chemicals but are concerned about wreaking havoc on the planet (not to mention the health of family and pets), you’re about to get […]

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    Environmental Quality Control | Green Building Tips

    Environmental Quality Control Four green building focus areas for your log home by: Rita King Environmental Quality Although energy efficiency gets the lion’s share of the attention, Bob says other factors, including water conservation and avoiding materials that "don’t make people sick," are critical as well. Volatile organic chemicals (VOC) are given off by some […]

  18. Eco-Friendly Appliances & Lighting | Green Building Tips

    Four green building focus areas for your log home

  19. Eco-Friendly Heating & Cooling | Green Building Tips

    Eco-Friendly Heating & Cooling Four green building focus areas for your log home by: Rita King Heating & Cooling The key to comfort is managing moisture and working with your climate instead of against it. Climate-based design varies with geography. For example, in the northeast United States, vapor barriers are installed on the interior side […]

  20. Sealing Your Home | Green Building Tips

    Sealing Your Log Home Four green building focus areas for your log home by: Rita King Keep it Airtight Structural-insulated panels: Frank Baker, CEO of Riverbend Timber Framing, says log and timber homes enclosed with structural insulated panels (SIPs) are the way to go. (Riverbend’s subsidiary Insulspan manufactures one line.) "The panels provide outstanding energy […]


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