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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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Video: Workout Bikes Power This California Gym

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Mar 24, 2018 11:00:20 AM

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'Not All Houses Marketed as 'Green' Truly Are

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 17, 2018 12:34:49 PM

Home shoppers need to be on the lookout for greenwashing.

As home shoppers increasingly are showing their attraction to, and willingness to pay more for, green homes.  It's important to do your research.

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How to Choose a Kitchen Sink, According to Science – 8 Factors to Consider

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jan 2, 2018 5:51:40 PM

You need a comfortable kitchen space before anything else.

And the first thing to start with when decorating or redecorating the kitchen is the sink. It’s easy when you have all the choices laid out in front of you.

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How to Choose a Vacuum Cleaner, According to Science – 11 Factors to Consider

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Dec 26, 2017 3:58:51 PM

Buying a vacuum cleaner for the first time isn’t as simple as it used to be.

If you wish to make your house cleaner with dust-free floors and unblemished carpets, it’s time to upgrade. There can be many reasons why you need a vacuum cleaner, but have you thought about the kind of cleaner you want for your home.

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Stymied by Sky-High Home Costs, Brits Experiment with Co-op Style Self-Built Model

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Aug 3, 2017 9:40:12 AM

Advocates suggest that the self-built homes will cost just 59 percent of their finished value.

As written by Nick Dowson, Redpepper:

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Video: The Overweight Carbon Footprint of a BLT Sandwich

Posted by Green Builder Staff

Jun 26, 2017 9:39:20 AM

There's no such thing as a carbon-free lunch—not even close—as this NPR video illustrates. We're a high-maintenance species.

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Video: Grandfather's Touching Letter About Climate Change

Posted by Green Builder Staff

May 2, 2017 4:00:00 AM

A letter from a grandfather to his granddaughter shares the world he loves and why it is important to protect it from climate change. 

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