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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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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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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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