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

October 2007

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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.

Green Luxury Condos

When most homeowners think of greenbuilding, they envision single-family homes with bamboo floors, solar panels and high-efficiency heating and cooling systems. But builders across the country are proving that condominium projects can be just as green.In municipalities as diverse as Chicago and Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York City, environmentally friendly condo towers are rising. In the pages that follow, we spotlight four of these cutting-edge residential projects.

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.

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.

Recycling Made Easy

Drop an aluminum can or plastic bottle into the top of the award-winning ecopod Home Recycling Center, step on a pedal at the bottom of the unit and presto! The aluminum or plastic container is instantly compacted and dropped into a portable pod at the bottom of the recycling unit. The pod can hold 50 to 60 crushed containers, and when it's full, homeowners can easily remove the pod to recycle the containers at curbside collection or a redemption station.

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