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.

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.

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.

Snow Be Gone

Readers who live in Southern or Western states might want to skip this article and move on to the next one, but if you live in the northern snowbelt, you might find this information beneficial, especially if you’re tired of shoveling snow.

Open Fire

Call it a hot conversation piece. The EcoSmart Fire, from Sydney, Australia-based The Fire Company, is an open fireplace that does not require a flue, utility connection or fuel supply line, so it can be installed in just about any area of a home, apartment or office.

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