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

May 2003

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When Good Pipes Go Bad

Organic Fertilizers

Organic soil amendments surround organic compost. Clockwise from 1 clock: azomite, sul-po-mag, black rock phosphate, seaweed meal, greensand, soybean meal, gypsum pellets, lime and an organic blend. If you garden, you should fertilize.

A guide to the language of cellular technology

CDMA (Code Division Multiple Access) - The most common digital technology in which information is digitized, assigned a unique code and spread over the entire bandwidth available to the phone. The receiver uses the same code to reassemble the signal. CDMA allows as many as 10 separate calls to occupy the same amount of space as an analog call. TDMA (Time Division Multiple Access) - The first digital cellular technology to hit the market.

Smart Energy Savings

Caulking and weather-stripping begins at construction and continues throughout the life of the home. Done properly, it can be extremely effective and economical.More than 30 years have passed since the Middle East oil embargo made Americans aware of energy prices. But for many people, the lessons haven't hit home.

Foundations: Keeping Warm with Rock, Steel and Glass

The manufacture of fiberglass insulation is an improvement upon slag wool, which comes from steel mills. Volcanoes started it all with rock wool. When most people think of home insulation, fiberglass almost always comes to mind.

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