GreenBuilding 101

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

6 Ways to Add Passive Solar Features to Your Home

  Sick of solar panels and wind turbines being expensive because of all those fossil fuel subsidies? Looking for a way to reduce that electric bill, lower your carbon footprint, and show off

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

GREEN BUILDING 101: Environmentally Friendly Lighting for Health and Well-Being

Lighting is one of the most critical—and most visceral—qualities of an indoor space, and the difference between good and bad lighting can make or break comfort, mood and overall happiness in your

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

GREEN BUILDING 101: Appliances, Electronics, and Responsible Energy Use

Here at Green Building 101, we’ve looked at many ways that you can design, build, and renovate your home with more attention to your health and the environment. Now that you've been thoroughly educated,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

GREEN BUILDING 101: Eco-Power and Energy Efficiency

Most of us underestimate or ignore our incredible dependence on electricity, but there's nothing like a blackout caused by overzealous summertime air conditioner use to remind us of the importance of

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Indoor Environmental Quality—Clean Air and Comfort for Homes and Office Spaces

GREEN BUILDING 101: Indoor Environmental Quality—Clean Air and Comfort for Homes and Office Spaces

Feeling good in our homes or offices isn't just a matter of having a beautiful space: No matter how fabulous your furnishings, a poorly designed indoor environment can literally make you sick. Building

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials & Resources, Part 2—The Great Indoors

In our last Green Building 101 post, we delved into the LEED-H criteria for sustainable residential materials and resources. Now that we've given you the low-down, it's time to get specific. While the

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

GREEN BUILDING 101: Materials and Resources Part 1—Sustainable Building Supplies

When we think of greenhouse gas emissions, some of us might envision a tailpipe spewing exhaust... but 40% of the carbon dioxide that contributes to climate change actually comes from buildings. While

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: Water Efficiency, Both Inside and Outside the Home

There are few things we take for granted as much as our ability to turn on the tap and get water in a seemingly endless supply. Even during droughts, and despite warnings about shortages and conservation,

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

GREEN BUILDING 101: Sustainable Sites—How to Live in Harmony with the Natural Environment

Welcome back to Green Building 101. In our last post, we touched upon how to select an environmentally responsible location for your new abode, and in this piece, we'll begin to discuss ways you can

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GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

GREEN BUILDING 101: How to Choose the Best Spot for Your Dream Green Home

  We've already touched upon ways to keep cool (and warm!) via insulation and home orientation, but what about your home's location itself? Where would you like to live? Naturally, aspects such as

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GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

GREEN BUILDING 101: Energy & Atmosphere – Keeping Cool and Staying Warm

  The very root of what makes a home green is how effectively it responds to its surrounding environment. You could say that this has defined the primary material pursuit of mankind for all

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Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

Green Building Labels 101: An Inhabitat Guide to Third­ Party Environmental Certifications

If you’re reading Inhabitat, you’re probably interested in green building, and if you work in the building and construction industry, it’s likely that you strive to build in as environmentally

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Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

Paul Archer Revamps a Traditional Victorian House a Stylish Modernist Home

The walls consist of glass panel to allow direct sunlight to penetrate deep into the plan. The upper floors of the extension are clad with a skin of Douglas fir battens, which run both inside and out as

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The Top 10 US Cities With the Most Energy Star Buildings

The Top 10 US Cities With the Most Energy Star Buildings

Energy Star-certified buildings are on the rise in the United States! In 2010 alone, the number of Energy Star buildings in big cities has doubled in size compared to the past ten years combined. A

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Peer+ Unveils Energy Generating Windows With Controllable Opacity

Peer+ Unveils Energy Generating Windows With Controllable Opacity

Windows are a two-way street when it comes to efficient green building. We need them for light, fresh air, beauty, and the connection they create to the outdoors, but even the most efficient windows,

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LAST DAY To Register for LEED AP Exam in NYC!!

LAST DAY To Register for LEED AP Exam in NYC!!

Calling all aspiring green builders and LEED professionals! Today is the LAST DAY to register to take the old LEED AP exam in NYC. The new test after June 30th will be much harder, so if you are hoping

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GREEN BUILDING 101: The Conclusion

GREEN BUILDING 101: The Conclusion

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

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GREEN BUILDING 101: DESIGN INNOVATION

GREEN BUILDING 101: DESIGN INNOVATION

The Green Building 101 series has taken us inside the house and out, looking at site selection, water efficiency, day lighting, eco-power, and environmentally friendly materials. The final segment in our

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NEW WEEKLY COLUMN: Green Building 101

NEW WEEKLY COLUMN: Green Building 101

We've been paying close attention to our reader survey, and one emerging trend has been a loud and clear request for more information on how to better understand green building. In answer to your pleas --

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