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

October 2007

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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.

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.

Green on a Budget

A green, energy-efficient home doesn't have to be expensive. That's the lesson behind a new home that has recently been completed in the Virginia mountain city of Roanoke.Back in 2005, an international competition was held to find a home design that best followed the principles set out by the cradle to cradle philosophy, as envisioned by architect William McDonough and German chemist Michael Braungart.

How Low Can You Go?

During the summer months, many smart homeowners turn their thoughts from indoor to outdoor home improvement projects. But outdoor ventures like new lawns, landscaping and gardening can be among the biggest water-wasters around.Water is an important resource that needs to be used more efficiently or even reused to contribute to the overall high performance of a home.

Building better coastal homes

Coastal building is undergoing a dynamic change, one that can be seen in a residential community recently established in a hurricane-prone region. Audubon Village is a master-planned coastal community on Bolivar Peninsula, a 27-mile-long barrier island on the Texas Gulf Coast north of Galveston. At its widest point, Bolivar Peninsula is only three miles across, which means homes there are particularly susceptible to damage from severe weather.

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