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

April 2008

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Controlling Home Allergens

Pets can increase the potential for allergic reactions,since pet fur and dander are allergens for many homeowners. Unless your home is built to hospital intensive care or computer chip-maker standards, allergens are in the air you breathe and

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.

Recycling Made Easy

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

The Ultimate Value Home

While the overall housing market remains sluggish across much of the country, builders are turning to products and systems that will give them an inch up on the competition until the market corrects itself. Basically, in terms of products and construction practices, anything green goes. But the NextGen Ultimate Value Home, displayed at the 2008 International Builders Show in Orlando this February, demonstrated an additional theme: that today’s green and efficient systems and products can add value to any home.

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