Illuminate and Insulate with CanCoverIt

David Hanacek of EcoCycle Solutions loves to think up practical, cost-effective building products that make a big impact on efficiency. Take his Flow-Thru Finisher for example, a handy little caulk gun attachment that helps get adhesive exactly where and how you want it.  Before that, it was a clog-free drain device and lightweight steel shipping pallets.  But it’s his new invention, the CanCoverIt, that gets him most excited.   After all, what looks like a ho-hum, odd-looking box is actually a breakthrough invention that can save countless kilowatts and millions of dollars for homeowners. (more…)

By |November 3rd, 2011|Energy Efficiency, Products|3 Comments

How to Install a WaterSense Toilet

EPA WaterSense Toilet

When we bought our 1958-model home, it was newly painted but there wasn’t much else that was new about the place.  The toilets were old and less efficient than modern-style commodes, especially some of the WaterSense versions on the market.  One might think it’s expensive to replace an old toilet with a water-efficient model, but it’s not.  I was able to swap out mine for less than $120, all costs included.  Here’s how:
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By |November 1st, 2011|Fixtures, Water Efficiency|0 Comments

Cleaner Indoor Air with Desso Carpet

Keeping our tootsies pampered during midnight trips to the bathroom is a job any carpet can handle.  But clean the air of all that icky stuff floating around that we know is there but glad we can’t see? According to Dutch carpet manufacturer Desso, their new carpet line AirMaster can greatly reduce the concentration of that microscopic particulate matter to improve indoor air quality eight times better than hardwood floors. Tall claim, but they have several independent studies backing it up.

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By |October 31st, 2011|Air Quality, Materials|2 Comments

Kirei Debuts New Reclaimed Wood Panel

True to the company name, California-based Kirei USA recently announced a beautiful, new material for 2012 called Windfall. Windfall is an engineered wood panel made with a low-VOC adhesive and lumber from deconstructed buildings in the Pacific Northwest. It’s suitable for wall paneling, casework, signage, and other similar applications.

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By |October 27th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|4 Comments

Boral Intros Cradle to Cradle Exterior Trim

After five years of internal and third-party testing, Boral USA today announced the introduction of TruExterior Trim, an exterior trim material made with a blend of bio-based polymers and coal combustion product materials.  The poly-ash product contains a minimum of 70% recycled content and a Cradle to Cradle Certified Silver designation.

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By |October 26th, 2011|Materials, Recycled|2 Comments

Reclaimed Joshua Collection by Amenity

The word reclaimed is often used these days.  Just in the past week or so, we’ve seen a reclaimed bathroom, reclaimed pallet floors, and reclaimed housing.  So here’s one more: reclaimed furniture in the form of the new Joshua Collection by Amenity.  Named for the famous Joshua Tree, this furniture is handmade from Douglas Fir that was harvested and milled 50-100 years ago and seasoned in the sun of California for decades.

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By |October 21st, 2011|Furniture, Recycled|2 Comments