Innovative solutions for creating healthy, efficient, eco-friendly homes

April 2008

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Carbon-neutral communities

Carbon has been receiving a lot of bad press, which is a little surprising. After all, carbon is the foundation of all life on Earth. It makes up 18.5 percent of human body mass. Plants need carbon to survive. A diamond is essentially highly concentrated carbon.” So it can't be that bad, can it?

Recycling Made Easy

Simplify recycling with these inexpensive, color-coded, waterproof and washable tarpaulin recycling bags from Design Within Reach (www.dwr.com). Most homeowners are aware of the importance of recycling, and mos

The Great Alternative Energy Debate

In Tennessee, former Vice President Al Gore ran into trouble with his community’s zoning laws when he wanted to install 33 solar electric panels on the roof of his home. In Massachusetts, a man sold his house and sued his neighbor after the neighbor installed a smoky, wood-fired boiler in the yard. In Atlanta, a homeowner angered his neighbors when he erected a 45-foot tower for a wind turbine on his property in a historic district.  

Give your home an Eco-Audit

An eco-audit might reveal the need to seal gaps around windows and insulate your attic. You’ve probably heard about energy audits.

Eric Lloyd Wright and Organic Architecture

In addition to designing new homes, Eric Lloyd Wright has been the architect for the restoration of  many of his grandfather’s masterworks. For a home to be considered organic, its various elements must fit together harmoniously, as

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