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Water Conservation by Stormwater Management

Posted by Juliet Grable

Sep 8, 2014 3:18:51 PM

We've let our stormwater get away from us. These water conservation practices can help clean it up and encourage it to stick around.

STORMWATER RUNOFF is rain or snowmelt that flows over the land without percolating into the soil. Stormwater occurs naturally, especially during large rain events, but nature’s sponge—the water-absorbing cover of trees, shrubs and other vegetation hugging our planet—usually takes care of the rest. Unfortunately, we’ve turned our world into a hard place. Paved sidewalks, asphalt parking lots, concrete curbs, streets, driveways, roofs and building facades—all of these impervious surfaces change the natural movement of water over the landscape, and increase the volume, speed and temperature of the runoff.

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A Pool Without Poisons

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 4, 2014 7:41:00 AM

SWIMMING POOLS ARE A PROBLEMATIC REALITY of modern housing. In some regions, a house without a pool will be a tough sell. But conventional pools have many environmental down sides. They require chemicals such as chlorine, which are toxic in their production, and if they're not rainwater fed, huge amounts of treated water from the local utility. Heating and lighting them, of course, also add environmental costs, although there are ways to reduce outdoor lighting costs and use geothermal systems heat pool water.

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Sexy Rainwater Downspouts Add Jewel-Like Detail To Home Exterior

Posted by Matt Power

Sep 2, 2014 1:15:00 PM

Collecting rainwater from your roof doesn't have to be dull, pedestrian work. That's the message you get from these unusual downspout systems. Instead hiding water inside cheap PVC gutters, these homeowners can watch the flow as it travels all the way down to the waiting cistern.

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Front Yard Gardens: Fighting City Hall Pays Off

Posted by Matt Power

Aug 28, 2014 3:11:00 AM

It's the last resting place of the over-fertilized, over-watered, high maintenance American lawn. But understandably, an increasing number of Americans want that valuable real estate back. They want to build gardens in their front yard.

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Landscaping for Energy Efficiency

Posted by RESNET

Aug 4, 2014 9:08:00 AM

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