All posts from Sarah Nagy

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Green Needs Economics

Economics may be the strongest Green Building Element. As much as we would all like to believe that people will somehow decide to reduce consumption…the power of the purse is more dependable than good intentions. Stanford students protest new water-saving showers (via Jetson Green) (pic at right not from Stanford, but from Kohler, see after […]

February 20th

Replace Your Garbage Disposal with Bokashi Bucket Composting

The greenness of a building element isn’t always clearly defined. Garbage disposals are one example. Florida Green Building Coalition gives points in their new home plan for not installing one (See Section 2). Others say, in comparison to landfilling your banana peels, a bit of power and water is an efficient way to deal with […]

February 15th

Green Real Estate Listings

For quite some time now, everyone’s been wondering if “green building” techniques will pay on the real estate market. These days, with the housing market in submarine status, the notion that some sort of green designation might help move empty houses is particularly attractive. This successful local realtor asks a national board: The builder plans […]

February 6th

Untangling the Green Building Standards

LEED-H. FGBC. Energy Star. HERS. Fortified Home. EarthCraft. These are all names of green building standards used around the country for homes. And now NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) is due to unveil its own Green Building Standard at the upcoming International Building Show in Orlando, Feb. 13-16.

January 31st

Make Your Windows Safe for the Birds

Recently I found in my mail a press release about the bird-safe glass specified in Santiago Calatrava’s new Chicago Spire, and it reminded me that skyscrapers are not the only architectural threats to our avian cohabitants. While major cities located along migratory flyways get a lot of attention, they account for a comparatively small percentage […]

January 23rd

Turn a Candle Into a Radiator

Today is a cold, wet dreary day. Which inspired me to dig the Kandle Heeter out of the garage. Parked next to my mouse, this little device brings the temperature of my 8×12 office up from shivery to cozy – not quite enough to take my lovely handknit wool socks off, but a great antidote […]

January 16th

GreenBuilder Magazine

I’m not a huge fan of paper magazines. They’re hard to recycle in my area (they’re no good for sheet mulching), and generally I want more in-depth discussion of a particular subject than a monthly can spare. But I might make an exception for one that is new to me, GreenBuilder. I’m impressed. Not only […]

January 9th

Downsize without relocating

Most of the country is paying for heat right now. Being on the Gulf Coast, I wasn’t until this week – but with temps dropping into the twenties Fahrenheit, I’m starting to rethink the location of my home office. You see, my house is like the one shown (from a real estate ad). Mine was […]

January 2nd

Decomposing Boxing Day

I’m celebrating Boxing Day in a new way this year – I’m putting all the cardboard boxes saved up from Shipping Month, aka December, to use in my Permaculture garden, by making sheet mulch. Google sheet mulch and Permaculture. (For those not in the know, Permaculture is a fairly recent term for cultivating an edible […]

December 26th

Answers to the Coastal Construction Quiz

In last week’s post, I challenged readers’ knowledge about coastal construction, and what basic, easy design decisions can be made to radically improve the latest designs promoted by Brad Pitt for the 9th Ward in New Orleans. (Incidentally, you could take advantage of them, too.) Here are the answers.

December 19th

Pitt's 9th Ward Designers Graduate to Mumbling

So Brad Pitt is on the morning news and all the green blogs again last week with a second round of architectural renderings he’s gathered for the heavily damaged flood zone in New Orleans also called the 9th Ward. (Full disclosure: I wrote about Pitt’s New Orleans’ efforts earlier this year; find that criticism here […]

December 12th