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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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'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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What Determines The Lifespan Of Solar Panels?

Posted by Kyle Pennell, Guest Columnist

Jan 5, 2018 5:50:25 PM

Solar panels don’t last forever. But what determines when and why solar panels die?

The truth is that solar panels don’t typically die in the traditional sense. That is, they remain operational decades after they’re installed, but not as well as they did back when they were new. The slow decline in the panels’ energy-generation capability is known as its degradation rate. When panels produce less than 80 percent of the energy they did when they were new, they’re considered failed, and most solar installers will recommend that they be replaced.

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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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Renew, Reuse and Reduce your Lighting – 10 Quick Tips to Become “Brighter Green”!

Posted by David Gray, Sales Manager, Lamps Plus Professionals

Dec 19, 2017 12:29:57 PM

Builders, contractors, designers and consumers all over the world are switching to LED light options today and saving loads of energy in the process. It’s a great step forward, but it’s just one of many to reducing our carbon footprint as we light our lives.

Here are 10 things you can do to create greener spaces with lighting.

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Five Ways to Reduce Your Dehumidifier Dependence

Posted by Matt Power, Editor-In-Chief

Nov 3, 2017 10:42:56 AM

Compact, portable dehumidifiers use a lot of energy, and now some are connected with house fires. But there are greener options.

Before we talk about alternatives to energy-sucking dehumidifiers, here's a video sample of some of the controversy surrounding these machines.

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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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