GREEN BUILDING 101: The Conclusion

by , 09/13/06


As summer comes to a close, so does our weekly series on green building. Hopefully we have expanded your knowledge of applying sustainable concepts in your own home, whether it’s a studio rental in the city or a straw-bale abode in the country. Loosely based on USGBC‘s pilot program LEED for Homes, the series has covered subjects ranging from community planning and transportation, to light bulbs and leaky faucets. If you’re arriving for the first time, or you want to review the series, here are the installments in order of appearance…

Location & Community >
Sustainable Sites >
Water Efficiency >
Materials & Resources >
Indoor Air Quality >
Energy & Atmosphere >
Environmentally Friendly Lighting >
Eco-Power >
Appliances, Electronics & Energy Use >
Design Innovation >

You can also find the complete series any time by clicking the GB101 graphic on our frontpage:

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If nothing else, we hope that you have taken from this series the notion that what you do at home does matter, and there are numerous accessible, affordable ways to make some changes that improve your own life, as well as benefiting your community and the environment. Here at Inhabitat, we believe that green living beings with a few smart choices.

Thanks to all of the readers, commenters, and participants who contributed in making this series a community discussion. We’d love to hear your suggestions for another weekly column. We have learned a lot these last few weeks just researching the series and receiving your wonderful feedback. So keep it coming: what would you like to read more about? What kind of series would you like to see next?

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  1. KevenRi February 26, 2007 at 6:30 pm

    My wife sent this to me today, and I’m very sorry to say that the more emotionally intelligent gender of us humans (maybe the more intelligent in general ) is seriously at odds with my way of seeing the world after work: a better way to improve home life would be to have sex in 6 rooms of the house over the course of the month instead of just two. This is off topic but my way of saying “hi” as a newbie.

    “We all want our homes to reward us that calming effect after a busy day. One of the ways to achieve soothing interiors is by choosing relaxing colors and soft lighting. White or light colors have a relaxing effect to the eyes and senses. However, overdoing the white walls might just create a too-sterilized ambiance. To keep away from being too dull, use highlights like gold or yellow here and there. For your lighting, dimmer lights and soft glows will not only soothe your tired nerves but create drama in your interiors.
    The placement of candles near mirrors, for instance, would reflect the soft glow and add to that romantic feeling.”

  2. Lou Smith January 27, 2007 at 10:49 am

    Thanks for giving us something to work with. The world needs more people to start THINKING, and this was a good start.

    Thanks Again!

  3. Josh December 27, 2006 at 9:36 pm

    When looking for a place we considered several of the issues in this series and ended up purchasing a reclaimed shoe factory in coastal Maine ( – for anyone interested, click on a page for video or photos). The developer was environmentally conscious and the raw lofts reflected it, and we did the finishing design and construction ourselves, going green whenever possible. In the end we couldn’t be happier. Ironically, careers dictate a move out of state so we’re selling the place but when we buy a new one we’ll take some of those lessons with us. Simply put, green can be simple, affordable (especially when considering payback) and is more and more feasible, whether in a reclaimed loft or a single family home.

    Great series!

  4. Plug into Prescott- A r... September 15, 2006 at 8:33 am

    […] For those thinking about building or remodeling, there is a great series of articles over at  inhabitat.  Check out their Green 101 guide  it covers innovative building products and ideas for sustainable building.  […]

  5. PK - Jetson Green September 13, 2006 at 4:41 pm

    This has been a pretty good series. It’s provide good information for those looking to get started and looking for an outline of places to go with green building.

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