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- A Taste of Energy Efficiency
Late last year, my wife and I contracted with a full-service home improvement company to redo the small, dark kitchen in our 1950s-era Maryland rambler. Having worked as a designer and consultant in residential and commercial energy efficiency for many years, efficiency was a priority.
- Going Green with Better Greenery
Most builders and architects have an appreciation for landscaping. After all, a well-placed shrub or tree can make an attractive home look even better, while the right plantings can ensure proper drainage after a heavy rain. But with a little extra planning, landscaping can have a broader impact, turning an ordinary home into a "green" home that uses less energy and water.
- In Manufactured We Truss
While stick building remains the standard, remodelers are taking a cue from new home builders' use of pre-assembled trusses when it comes to big jobs. Manufactured roof and floor trusses can ease and expedite the process of installing the roof and floor systems in an addition, and more importantly, provide time, labor and material savings in the process.
- Replacement Window Options
New windows offer the perfect opportunity to improve a home's aesthetics and energy efficiency, but too often this chance slips away with inadequate installation.
- Certification and Green Building Builds Quality Programs
Builders are going green in increasing numbers as more and more of them find that green building techniques can improve the quality of their homes.
- The PATH Top 10
PATH recommends that you start with the following techniques to improve a home's quality, durability, energy efficiency, environmental performance and affordability. PATH selected these techniques because they can dramatically boost a builder's ability to achieve these goals.
- It's Raining Profits
Mother Nature is ironic. As one part of the country was being saturated by rain and flood waters, the rest of the country was suffering one of the longest droughts on record. Lush lawns baked to a golden straw; blooming buds dried as quickly as they grew. Home builders and owners alike were desperate to conserve any water Mother Nature delivered. Enter rainwater harvesting.
Content updated on 1/11/2007
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