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

December 2007

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Smart Resolutions for 2008

Now that our whole world seems to be turning green, you may be asking yourself what you can do in 2008 to become more responsible, lower your energy and water bills, and help make your home a healthier place for your family to live. There’s a plethora of information out there, so sorting through it all and choosing the correct and most cost effective course of action might seem like an overwhelming task.

Going Green at the Beach

Dave and Anna Porter are taking green living to a new level. After Dave exchanged his large luxury car for a new Toyota Prius hybrid a few years ago, he and Anna looked at each other and wondered what else they could do.

The Mainstream GreenHome

The Mainstream GreenHome should be listed in the Guinness Book of World Records as the residence with the most environmentally friendly features and products. Located on a one-third-acre lot in a conventional, established neighborhood in Raleigh, N.C., the home has the appearance of a traditional residence but uses less energy and water than a typical home, while also providing a healthier living environment.

Warming Up to Direct Vent

There’s nothing like a warm fire on a cold day. The ambiance can’t be beat — but unfortunately, as you’re sitting in front of that cozy wood-burning fireplace, it’s greedily consuming your energy dollars.

The Replacements

There are few places where the green movement affects us more personally than in the construction of our homes, in the building materials we choose to literally frame our everyday lives. Greenbuilding products and materials can lessen our impact on the environment and result in homes that are safer, healthier and more durable.

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