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The Redwood Deck Solution

For homeowners, architects, and remodeling companies, the redwood deck has long represented an attractive materials choice to consider. First, this material has passed the time-tested standard as a beautiful, long-standing, cost-effective option. For those in the midst of selecting what material to use for a new or remodeled deck, here are things to consider: Material […]

June 27th

Cleaning Your Appliances Could Save You Money

When you sit down and think about your dream kitchen/home what do you see? I think it’s safe to assume for many people they envision having every home appliance known to man. Things like toasters, blenders, refrigerators, freezers, ovens, KitchenAid™ KFIS29PBMS*, washers and dryers likely come to mind and whose to blame you, my kitchen/home […]

February 26th

Low Impact Living: Green Your Kitchen

Editor’s note: Thinking about a kitchen remodel? This week, Low Impact Living takes a look at every element of kitchen use, and how you can both make the space more efficient, more livable, and more earth-friendly. This post was originally published on September 7, 2007. You may not know it, but your kitchen is one […]

Green Cabinets: When Wood is Good

So you’re building or remodeling green, and you’re trying to decide what to do about the cabinets. Scanning the requirements for various green building programs, you seem to have two choices. First, you can try to find cabinets made with Forest Stewardship Council certified wood from companies like Neil Kelly Cabinets. But if the company […]

February 28th

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

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<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 />
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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 />
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&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 />
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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.

August 18th