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Research Shows Men and Women's Color Tastes Are Not That Different

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 9, 2015 6:04:20 AM

Should the man cave be red, and the "room of one's own" be blue, to please the sexes? Not necessarily.

We ran across a great article recently that goes into serious depth about interior colors—a major concern for people remodeling or building new homes. Here's an excerpt."Is there a gender difference in response to color? Although findings are ambiguous, many investigations have indicated that there are differences between gender in preferences for colors. Early investigations done by by Guilford (1934) on the harmony of color combinations found that a person is likely to see balance in colors that are closely related or the opposite. Guilford also found some evidence that more pleasing results were obtained from either very small or very large differences in hue rather than medium differences, with this tendency more frequent in women than men.

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Topics: Paint

Net Zero Energy Ranger's Residence

Posted by Linda Leake

Jun 25, 2014 8:34:11 PM

A NEW RANGER'S RESIDENCE at John Day Fossil Beds National Monument marks the first National Park Service house in the United States to achieve net-zero-energy.

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Topics: net-zero energy, Paint

The Annunciation Home

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Apr 8, 2014 1:36:00 PM

When it comes to remodeling 100-plus-year-old homes in New Orleans, Southern Homes’ Chris Kornman notes that deconstruction has been the critical first step of every project. “A lot of these homes are former rentals, and often they haven’t been renovated in decades and have a lot of problems,” he says.

Rather than band-aid these issues, Kornman and his team strip the interior of the home, leaving only the exterior walls. What can’t be reincorporated into the home is then donated to either Habitat for Humanity or Green Project, a local entity with a similar mission for use in current projects.

In the case of Annunciation, a 1,400-square-foot house built in the late 1860s, the homeowner of was at a crossroads; she needed more room but loved her neighborhood and didn’t want to move. She also wanted her  home to be far more energy efficient as she was spending $300 month to air condition it during the summer but could never cool it below 80 F. Read More

Topics: 1500 square feet or less, energy efficient windows, Residential Retrofit, Louisiana, Recycled Products, Paint

The Callaway House

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Apr 8, 2014 1:08:00 PM

When Catherine Callaway, a LEED AP certified architect with BNIM Architects, and her accountant husband first purchased their 1,000-square-foot home in an historic neighborhood in Houston, they embraced it for its legacy and the fact that it was something of a blank slate.  

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Topics: 1500 square feet or less, water saving, Residential Retrofit, Texas, Paint

Eco Overhaul - Best Community Project - Fayetteville, AR

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Dec 1, 2012 5:13:00 PM

THIS RENOVATION COMPLETELY overhauled the living systems of four existing apartment buildings constructed between 1968 and 1972. The old structures, the architect explains, “had great bones of precast concrete and split-face block, but were drastically lacking in thermal comfort, air quality and aesthetic appeal.”

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Topics: Built-In Furniture, Community, solar hot water, Low Flow Faucets, natural daylighting, Residential Retrofit, LED Lighting, 2012 Green Home of the Year Awards, Community Rebuilding, green community, renovation, Paint

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