1955 MCM Home a Best Green House

This mid-century modern home in Savannah, Georgia — originally developed by John Ahern in 1955 — was recently listed as a Best Green House in Green Source Magazine.  The home went through a full restoration and renovation directed by owners Cornelia Stumpf and Celestino Piralla of CSCP Consult, who ended up receiving a Silver Award for a Whole House Renovation under $200,000 from Qualified Remodeler Magazine and the President’s Award from the Historic Savannah Foundation in summer 2011.

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By |November 11th, 2011|Categories: Renovation, Single Family|Tags: , |6 Comments

Water Style: From Brown to Green

If you watch home improvement-type shows, you may have seen a water-efficient bathroom renovation on the DIY Network’s latest episode of “Bath Crashers” with designer and contractor Matt
 Muenster.  The episode — From Brown to Green — was filmed in a home in Eden Prairie, Minnesota and features a prominent flash of green color backing the vanity.  But that’s not the only green in this bathroom.

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By |November 9th, 2011|Categories: Fixtures, Renovation|Tags: , , , , |2 Comments

Seven Green Surface Options [Dwell]

I’m catching up on some reading and noticed a great article in the October issue of Dwell by @DianaBudds.  In “Counter Arguments,” Dwell shares its findings from putting seven eco-friendly surfaces to test with stains, spills, cleaver chops, and falling objects.  We’ve mentioned most of these surfaces previously, but some of Dwell’s findings are summarized below in case you’re thinking about an upgrade or purchase.

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By |November 9th, 2011|Categories: Materials, Surfaces|Tags: , , |2 Comments

EPA to Label Home Irrigation Controls

You’re shutting off water, raking leaves, and probably don’t have the slightest concern for irrigation control. But, keep in mind for Spring 2012, the EPA recently announced that irrigation controllers will be the first outdoor product eligible for the WaterSense label. To date, WaterSense has been available for showerheads, toilets, urinals, sink faucets, and entire homes.

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By |November 8th, 2011|Categories: News, Water Efficiency|Tags: , , |5 Comments

A Greener Use for Beetle-Killed Trees

Colorado has millions of acres of pines throughout its forests that have been killed by an infestation of beetles. New Town Builders, a residential homebuilder in Denver, Colorado, has begun using salvaged wood from these trees for the structural framing of homes it is constructing. The company was approached about building a single demonstration home using wood from lodgepole pine trees which had been killed by the mountain pine beetle. New Town found that the wood was discolored but structurally sound and has now begun using the “blue wood” for all of their framing.

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By |November 8th, 2011|Categories: Conservation, Materials|Tags: , , , |9 Comments

The Colonoscopy of Energy Efficiency

Earlier this week, the Shelton Group released its seventh annual Energy Pulse report, which has 450 pages of analysis, charts, graphs, and crosstabs based on the survey of 1,502 Americans.  I haven’t seen the $5,000 report but would like to share some takeaways from a release and executive summary.  Particularly, of the respondents, 42% had installed high-efficiency windows, 39% had installed extra insulation, 37% had installed higher efficiency HVAC systems, and 24% had installed a higher efficiency water heater.

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By |November 5th, 2011|Categories: Energy Efficiency, News|1 Comment
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