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

December 2007

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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.

Innovative Homes 2008

Residential building has entered a new era. No longer content to build homes using the same techniques and materials that have been common for decades, if not centuries, builders, architects, remodelers and homeowners are now specifying and constructing homes that incorporate cutting-edge technologies, alternative energy systems, recycled materials, innovative products and a wide range of smart building practices.

Germany Shines at Solar Decathlon

A team from Germany’s Technische Universität Darmstadt (University of Technology in Darmstadt) took top honors for the 2007 edition of the Solar Decathlon, held in October on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. The Decathlon, which takes place every other year, is a competition in which 20 teams of college and university students from domestic and foreign institutions design, build and operate energy-efficient, cutting-edge houses that must operate solely on solar power.

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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