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Stephen King Was Right: Cell Phones Can Kill You... and Your Kids

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jun 24, 2014 12:50:00 PM

Dead Zones: Steven King's Fictional View of Cell Phones May Not Be As Hazardous As The Real Thing

WE'VE ALL BEEN THROUGHDEAD ZONES. Engrossed in a conversation on our cell phones, we bristle whenthe call drops. An annoyance to be sure, but it turns out these may not be dead zones after all, but rather the safest places for humans to be over the long run, according to recent reports on the dangers of wireless technologies.

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Tried and True

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Feb 2, 2013 5:38:00 PM

One of the biggest myths about green building products is that they cost more than traditional building materials. With more new products being introduced to the market, and existing manufacturers finding ways to make traditional products more sustainable, the cost for many products is inching down. Plus, consumers are becoming more aware that spending a little more up front can result in less money expended overall when they factor in energy savings and durability. Here are 9 products we predict will be in most mainstream homes in the next five years.

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Pushing the HERS Standard

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Nov 11, 2012 3:00:00 PM

The Residential Energy Services Network Home Energy Rating System (HERS) is becoming the standard to gauge a home’s predicted energy performance. While HERS ratings have been used by energy-efficient builders for years, Kennecott Land raised the bar in mid-2011, becoming the first land developer to ask builders to get a third-party HERS score for all homes built in its Salt Lake City development: Daybreak. This TND is projected to include 20,000-units, and is about 15% complete.

According to Cameron Jackson, marketing manager for Daybreak, the company move was a success. “The topline result for why we did it at the time and why a year later we see it as a success is that it gives builders in our community a key differentiator between their new homes and existing homes.”

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Backyard Pools Go Green

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Apr 8, 2010 1:59:00 PM

In the not-to-distant past, a pool was like a bad tattoo on the backside of a green home. The water waste, the energy-sucking pool pump, and the chemicals ran in direct opposition to the tenets of sustainability. But with recently adopted technology and a pool industry ready to move toward more holistic sustainable methods, it is possible for your buyers to own a restful water wonderland without the environmental guilt.

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Big Box Solar: Lowes Provides High-End Solar Panel DIY Kits

Posted by Cati O'Keefe

Jan 8, 2010 8:42:00 AM

FOR THE FIRST TIME, homeowners can purchase high-performing, easy-to-install solar panels off the shelves of a major retailer, announced Akeena Solar, a leading installer and manufacturer of solar power systems.

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