Our spectacular Green Home Expert Series has enlisted the help of five of the world’s top green experts in the fields of architecture, interiors, and energy to help you turn your home into a sustainable sanctuary – from your basement floor to the top of your roof. But for those of you who may have missed an installment or two, here’s your chance to catch up on the entire series! Hit the jump to check out ways to turn your pad into a stylish green haven from Ecofabulous founder Zem Joaquin, how to green your home with windows from Marvin Windows expert Christine Marvin, sustainable architectural advice from Organic Architect Eric Corey Freed, five eco renovation tips from green home remodeler Sarah Susanka, and a bevy of electricity curbing initiatives from energy efficiency expert David Johnston!
We all know the importance of greening your home in order to save energy and the planet, but let’s not forget there’s another objective – to make your living space look and feel great! To get an expert’s take on doing just that, we turned to Ecofabulous founder and cradle-to-cradle green designer Zem Joaquin for advice on some easy, stylish ways to green your home, and boy, did she deliver! Check out gorgeous pics of her green home in the beautiful hills of Marin County, CA, and read on to find out about Zem’s secret tips for a green home, including foot pedals on sinks!
We usually think of windows as a mundane element in our homes, but when they’re done right, they can dramatically improve the comfort, ambiance and air quality of your space – and save energy to boot. We caught up with Marvin Windows Expert, Christine Marvin, who is among the fourth generation to work for the family-owned and sustainably operated made-to-order window and door company to pick her brain about how to transform and green our homes with new windows.
Greening your home can provide numerous financial, health and environmental benefits, but with so many options to undertake, where do you even begin? In our first Green Home Expert Series, eco architect and green building expert Eric Corey Freed distills all the elements you need to take into consideration into five easy steps: increasing insulation, getting a thermostat, conserving water through smart technology, overhauling your roof, and upgrading your lighting. Be sure to take some notes – Freed is bound to get you thinking green in a grand way!
Creating a comfortable space to call home seems like a no-brainer for most, but as Sarah Susanka will tell you, creating the right conditions for a tranquil state goes far beyond a few throw pillows. With a mantra of “build better, not bigger,” Susanka takes sustainability to heart when remodeling a home. In this installment thought leader, author and acclaimed architect Susanka shares her top five tips on how to do more with less when it comes to revamping your space.
Cutting back on energy use is one of the most obvious ways to bring down your electricity bills, but if you really want to beat those bills, there are a series of other improvements you can make to transform your home into an energy-efficient machine. Green visionary and sustainable pioneer David Johnston shares over 30 years of experience to give us his top 5 ways to reduce your home’s energy consumption by up to 50%! – from upgrading your power distribution to efficient insulation, reducing your air exchange rate, and even changing your windows.