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April 2008

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The Goals of Green Building

You've heard about it and read about it. "Green building," "sustainable construction," or as I prefer to call it, "high-performance building" has been the fastest-growing segment of the building industry for several years now, and there appears to be no end to the growth in sight, even though the construction industry in general is in a holding pattern. Yes, within the past couple of years, green building has become mainstream. And with good reason” it makes sense.

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.  

Wind Catchers

The 30-foot-tall Windspire  system canproduce 1,800

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 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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