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Passive Housing: A Smarter Way of Living

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Oct 4, 2018 9:38:27 AM

Passive housing is known to produce energy savings of almost 90% on conventional homes, which is better for the environment and for your bank balance!

This slideshow from EZ Living Interiors explains Passive Housing and how it works.

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Noise is Biggest Source of Whining Neighbors

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Sep 28, 2018 1:25:03 PM

National survey of difficult neighbors identifies the place where you're most likely to encounter nightmare scenarios.

You might build a home that’s a perfect sanctuary, but you have little control over what happens around it, especially when it comes to nuisance neighbors. Whether your dwelling is urban, suburban or on a private island, if you’re human, you’re bound to be irritated by things your neighbors do. In a recent poll, we set out to identify the cities in America where neighbors roil each other most, and a laundry list of the most common complaints.

We surveyed residents from 24 of the biggest cities in America, and, inevitably, there were winners and losers. Atop the list of most annoying cities are Dallas, Miami and Austin. Cities where neighbors are least annoying include Minneapolis, Portland and Atlanta. Interestingly, climate may play a role—four of the five most annoying cities are in hot, southern climates and four of the five least annoying cities are in temperate climates further north. Maybe staying cool is part of the equation? Either way, we know Americans have a long list of specific complaints.

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Home Sweet Concrete – A New Way for Homeowners to Get Concrete for Home Projects

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 10, 2018 10:58:01 AM

Homeowners can sit and watch fresh concrete being mixed at their homes, ready to use, in amounts from a shovel full to 10 yards.

In this age of automation and efficiency many tedious tasks have been reduced to a push of a button. This is now a reality for mixing concrete.  With the popularity of DIY projects, homeowners can now build any project without the worry of buying bags of concrete or having to mix it.  Thanks to a new company called XactCrete of Charlotte, homeowners can have a truck come to their home and mix fresh concrete on the spot, and just pour. The beauty of XactCrete is not only in their versatility, but also their cost. The more you buy, the cheaper it becomes. They produce any type concrete mix and strength with the push of a few buttons.  The company can do any size job, but specializes in "short loads" meaning they can mix any amount from a shovel full to 10 yards of concrete per load.  There is no need for precise estimating, nor the worry of making too little or too much concrete than what is needed. The truck measures down to 1/10th of a yard, and stops when needed.  The service is truly cost-effective and more economical than using bagged concrete. With so many popular concrete projects, there's no reason to hold back on tackling a DIY project with this new service.

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Protect Your Home with Solar-Powered Smart Security

Posted by Jon Snyder, Guest Columnist

May 3, 2018 9:04:57 AM

Your home is your sanctuary. It’s the place you look forward to being after a long day of work. It’s where your kids play, where you unwind with friends. And like most people, you probably still rely on analog locks on your doors and sturdy latches on your windows to deliver peace of mind. But the reality is vandals are getting smarter and smarter at finding ways into homes. The good news? Home security is also getting smarter.

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The Path to Net Zero — Creating a Sustainable Home with Solar

Posted by Troy Zdzieblowski, Guest Columnist

Mar 29, 2018 10:34:33 AM

If you're building new or remodeling, make sure you have a conversation about going "net zero" with your contractor.

Homeowners can go the extra mile to create a sustainable living space by creating a net zero building. A net zero building or home is space with zero net energy consumption, meaning the total amount of energy used by the building on an annual basis is roughly equal to the amount of renewable energy created on the site.

The World Green Building Council defines net zero as this: A highly energy-efficient building with all remaining operational energy use from renewable energy, preferably on-site but also off-site production, to achieve net zero carbon emissions annually in operation.

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Video: Workout Bikes Power This California Gym

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 24, 2018 11:00:20 AM

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Window Film Offers Low-Cost Energy Upgrade

Posted by Darrell Smith, Guest Columnist

Mar 5, 2018 4:22:55 PM

Retrofitting an old window with film can save you seven times the energy per dollar as buying a brand new window.

According to the US Department of Energy (DOE), between 25-35 percent of wasted building energy is blamed on inefficient windows, and many older commercial buildings still have less efficient single pane glass windows.

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Outdoor Lighting Tips (How Bright is Bright?)

Posted by Ross Spark, Guest Columnist

Mar 1, 2018 12:10:00 PM

Gone are the days of incandescent bulbs, Our lighting tips will explain lumens and brightness.

Gone are the days of incandescent bulbs which are known for their excessive power consumption. Some places still use fluorescent tubes and sodium vapor lamps, and mercury vapor lamps are required for extremely high-intensity light. However, generally speaking, today, compact fluorescent lamps (CFL) and light emitting diodes (LEDs) have become very popular due to their long life and extremely low power consumption.

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Turn A Shipping Container Into A Perfect Eco House

Posted by Ron Wolf, Guest Columnist

Feb 22, 2018 5:52:05 PM

Shipping containers serving as homes are both environmentally friendly and affordable, which are the main reasons why most people opt for them. Going green is gradually reaching a constantly growing number of people, while costs of living are forcing people to find cheaper solutions. But the question is - how exactly to turn a shipping container into a comfortable, eco-friendly house?

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The Original “Green” Building Material: Brick

Posted by Art Young, Guest Columnist

Feb 19, 2018 1:27:57 PM

Brick is an authentic building material, made from the earth, for the earth.

One of the hottest topics in the construction industry today is “green buildings.” This is a catch-all phrase that describes construction materials and building techniques which are environmentally friendly. These buildings require less energy to heat and cool and save their owners thousands of dollars over the life of the building. They can withstand the ravages of elements for generations and they are most likely constructed of materials that come from the earth.

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