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Wood has always been one of our most precious resources. Unfortunately, with over 7 billion of us relying on trees for survival and comfort, managing forests in a renewable fashion can be challenging! Where and how our hardwood is sourced makes an enormous impact on all of us – economically, politically, and environmentally. In this [continue reading...]

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Top 4 Eco-Friendly Roof Trends for 2014

This year’s roofing trends put more emphasis on green building materials, earthy and nature-inspired roof shingles, and roofing styles that feature arches and curves to allow for different architectural finishing textures. The 2013 roofing trends demonstrate that the roofing industry is keeping pace with green technology while also appealing to younger homebuyers who are looking [continue reading...]

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Windows can be both a blessing and a curse. Windows serve as both a means of escape and a way to enjoy the outdoors from within the home. Unfortunately the glass also provides a weakness in the insulation of your home. The glass allows heat, light, and chill to seep into the home. This could [continue reading...]

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Considering building a new patio or deck to enjoy a lovely weather but want to be mindful of the environmental impact?  Millions of homeowners across the country continue to use”standard” patio materials like asphalt, concrete and cement to support their patios because they’ve proven their worth time and again but is it time for new [continue reading...]

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sustainable concrete

Home builders are taking an active role in trying to make homes more sustainable and lowering the carbon footprint of the structure by using local materials and technological advancements. What many people don’t realize however, is that the physical footprint of the building – the foundation – often has the largest carbon footprint associated with [continue reading...]

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Decorating with recycled materials

When it comes to home décor that has been recycled or upcycled, there are only two real questions most homeowners ask: why choose such products and what is available? Okay, in truth you might be wondering, for starters, just what the difference is between recycling and upcycling, so let’s have a little lesson to start [continue reading...]

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How to Save Energy With Radiant Floor Heating

radiant floor energy efficiency

This is a brief exchange between members of Acterra’s Green@Home Community members about the joys and challenges of living with radiant floor heating.  The insights are offered by Gerry, who says “I am not an authority – just a guy that has lived with radiant heat.” QUESTION: During my work with High Energy Homes, I’ve [continue reading...]

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When you are looking to spruce up your floors, there are several quick and easy updates that can increase your property value without causing you a lot of time and money. One of the main renovations that brings the best return on your investment is flooring.  If you are concerned of not being eco-friendly, you are in luck. [continue reading...]

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For obvious benefits, many home owners will remodel their home before putting it on the market for a better re-sale value. Being a busy Realtor, my job requires touring a lot of home listings. What I notice is that following the advice of their agent, the majority of folks pick granite counter tops as the [continue reading...]

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OK you tech geeks out there who like to build your own stuff, you must have considered building your own or shopping for used solar panels by now…. Why buy used solar panels?  If you are trying to save money on your residential solar electricity project, used solar panels may be a good investment.  Not [continue reading...]

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