Green Homes

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.
Achieve debt-free living by following these readers’ advice on acquiring or building a home without a mortgage. Your dream home is within your reach if you pair patience with resourcefulness.

Spray Foam Insulation
Our Home Insulation Decision: Based on R-Value
For a new house being built in northeastern Kansas, a mix of spray foam insulation and batt insulation will provide an R-value that will help the home owners efficiently heat and cool their new space.
Ice dam
Should You Replace Your Roof Before This Winter?
A damaged roof or a roof over 20 years old may need to be replaced. When doing so, there are several environmentally-friendly options to consider.

How to Drought-Proof Your Home with Earthworks
Utilize these simple earthworks systems to survive the drought and design storm water runoff to transform from a problem to an asset for your home! Let the Water work for you! Remember: “Slow it, spread it, sink it.”
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Green Patios, Walkways & Driveways of Porous Pavement and Pervious Concrete
Consider one of these innovative and attractive options instead of old-fashioned concrete.

Install Your Own Windows
Reduce the cost of new windows by putting them in yourself.

Eco-friendly Roofing Options 
Choose from a variety of durable and environmentally friendly roofing materials.

Serious Energy Savings With Passive House Design
If you’re dreaming of a home that’s the ultimate in energy efficiency, take a look at the Passive House standard.

Your Green Dream Home: First Things To Consider
Before you hire a contractor or start building, read this expert advice.

Low-Cost, High-Efficiency Home Improvements that Pay Off
Here are some commonly agreed upon suggestions for relatively easy and low-cost home retrofitting projects.

Go Solar and Save Big
Every homeowner needs to know that passive solar design results in huge savings on energy bills.

Essential Advice for Owner-Builders
Here’s what you need to know about building codes before you build a house.

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