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

October 2007

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High-Performance High-Rises

As the sustainability movement continues forward, many construction projects of different types are starting to become more focused on greenbuilding. I'm receiving calls from developers I've never heard of on a daily basis, asking how they can make their projects more sustainable or even LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified. Why is this happening?

Smarter washing, walls and windows

It's often said there's nothing new under the sun. We beg to differ. The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) recently identified 10 innovative technologies that are about to make our homes stronger, more durable and more resource-efficient.

Extending the Outdoor Season

Not so long ago, outdoor living spaces rarely received much attention from homeowners, and usually were sparsely furnished with less-than-attractive items - a white metal table, simple aluminum-framed deck chairs with nylon webbing, a kettle-like grill and perhaps a patio umbrella.

How Does Your Home Rate?

The word on the street is that 2007 will be the "tipping point" for green building. Undeniably, green building has turned the corner over the last year or so, and residential green building rating systems are helping to develop the market.

Innovative Luxury Bathrooms

Innovative Luxury Bathrooms

Today's luxury bathrooms include all the aesthetic elements present in the rest of the home. Their utilitarian purpose has been overshadowed in recent years by a growing range of upscale design options, from the sybaritic pleasures promised by mood-elevating chromatherapy baths to artistic touches like vessel sinks made from wood or stone, to showers that create a soothing rain-like experience or envelop you in therapeutic steam.

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