Browsing the "remodeling" Tag

The Redwood Deck Solution

June 27th, 2015 | by Glenn Meyers

For homeowners, architects, and remodeling companies, the redwood deck has long represented an attractive materials choice to consider. First, this [&hellip


Green Mortgages Offer Financing Solutions to Some

September 10th, 2010 | by Glenn Meyers

JR Hevron, author of a new guide to energy efficient mortgages (EEMs believes the information he is providing is a good fit for those looking at financing green improvements on homes.


Green Cabinets: When Wood is Good

February 28th, 2008 | by Joel Bittle

So you’re building or remodeling green, and you’re trying to decide what to do about the cabinets. Scanning the requirements [&hellip


Weekend Review: The World at Home: A Household Guide to Building

August 18th, 2007 | by Philip Proefrock

<img src="/files/111/CECcover.jpg" alt="" width="280" height="360" align="right" /><br /> <em>The World at Home: A Household Guide to Building</em> was produced by the <a href="http://www.cectoxic.org/">Citizens Environmental Coalition</a>, a non-profit environmental advocacy group based in Albany, NY. This is something between a book review and a website review, because this <a href="http://www.cectoxic.org/cec-greendg.pdf">book is actually a 100 page PDF</a> that is free for download. It is filled with good information about greening your house, particularly for remodeling or new construction. While it is full of good information, it is not overwhelmingly detailed or complicated. It is a well-balanced guide that covers its material with sufficient detail, but at the same time without becoming overly technical. <br /> <br /> The guide is timely and up to date. (This is actually a recently revised second edition of the guide. The first edition was produced in 2004.) In discussing various materials or approaches to construction, the guide is very comprehensive in trying to include as many things as possible. Both the positives and the negatives behind each choice are addressed, and while the information is not exhaustive, it is an excellent starting point.<br /> <blockquote> &quot;This guide is meant to enable you to compare building materials and make your own educated choices to affordably seek out safer, more sustainable products. It is also meant to help you evaluate the larger life cycle implications of all the products that you buy and use.&quot;<br /> </blockquote> A section on &quot;<a href="http://www.cectoxic.org/buildgreen/talk.html">Talking with your Designer and Contractor about Building Green</a>&quot; is one of a number of sections that is excerpted on the website as well. This section approaches the beginning of a project in much the same way that I would: by asking questions. This helps to direct in figuring out your particular green goals and determining what is most important for you in terms of Energy and Water, materials and Toxins, and Space Use, Appearance and Purpose. It also addresses the (unfortunately all-too-frequent) view of green building as an add-on or a commodity, rather than as a fundamental and integral part of any building project



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