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Building & Remodeling
Building & Remodeling

Every construction project starts with a method.  How green is yours?  Instead of traditional wood and steel framing, discover more economical and eco-friendly ways to frame your new home or remodel.  In addition, get up to speed on sustainable building options and materials, including structured insulated panels (SIPs), insulated concrete forms (ICFs), adobe and more.

 
 
New Ways to Build

New Ways to Build

  • Framing Techniques
  • Discover economic alternatives to traditional wood and steel construction methods.
  • Construction Alternatives
  • Building an efficient home?  Explore natural, sustainable construction methods like adobe, PISE and ceramic earth.
 
 
Manufactured Building Methods

Manufactured Building Methods

 
 
Green Home Design

Green Home Design

  • Home Energy Waste
  • Are you wasting household energy?  Find the energy hogs in your home and tame them.
  • Refitting your Home
  • Make your home more energy efficient with insulation, efficient windows and Energy Star appliances.
  • Natural Design
  • Use passive design to build a green home that heats and cools itself.
 
 
Interior & Exterior Finishes

Interior & Exterior Finishes

  • Floor Finishes
  • Explore natural, sustainable flooring alternatives that are better for your health.
  • Exterior Finishes & Trim
  • Discover eco-friendly decking, siding and roofing options for your home’s exterior.
  • Finishing Materials
  • From floors to walls to ceilings, find green materials for the finishes around your home.
 
 
Selecting Materials

Selecting Materials

  • Material's Life Cycle
  • Find truly sustainable materials using a life-cycle test and learn how to handle construction waste.
  • Material Evaluation
  • How sustainable are wood, concrete, brick and steel?  Evaluate the eco-friendliness of popular building materials.
  • Finding Green Materials
  • Building green?  Explore biomimcry, find materials, and learn about rebates and incentives.
 
 
Landscape & Backyard

Landscape & Backyard

  • Landscaping
  • Evaluate your property and create a landscape that maximizes the environment.
  • Backyard
  • Create an efficient and sustainable backyard landscape with tips on walkways, pools, irrigation and decking.
 
 
Green Building Terms A-Z

Green Building Terms A-Z

    Consider this your point of central access to every green building and landscaping concept imaginable.  Learn about cool roofing, passive design, xeriscaping, brown field, daylighting and more.  We’ll show you what the method is, why it’s important, where it can be used and how it may apply to your home and yard.  Start working your way through the alphabet today!

     

    Click here for common green building terms

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