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 into your home, […]

Indoor Air Quality | Green Building Tips

Indoor Air Quality
Green Building Tips
by: Kenya McCullumFor 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). This will dramatically […]

Indoor Climate Control | Green Building Tips

Indoor Climate Control
Green Building Tipsby: Kenya McCullumHeating 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 National Fenestration Rating […]

Sealing Your Log Home | Green Building Tips

Sealing Your Home
Green Building Tipsby: 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 something you want […]

Conserving Water | Green Building Tips

Conserve Water
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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 easy as a […]

Eco-Friendly Landscaping | Green Building Tips

Eco-Friendly Landscaping
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by: Kenya McCullumStrategic 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 have to translate […]

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 it comes down […]

Use Sustainable Materials | Green Building Tips

Use Sustainable Materials
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by: Kenya McCullumBuilding 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 of the forest […]

Reduce Your Ecological Footprint | Green Building Tips

Reduce Your Ecological FootprintGreen Building Tips

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Orient Your Home Around the Sun | Green Building Tips

Orient Your Home Around the Sun
Green 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 light […]