Green Homes

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.
Today’s kit homes are energy-efficient, affordable and offer something for everyone, whether big or small. They can unlock the door to your dream home. Discover your kit house options.

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The Joys of Building a Home Together
An Alabama family built this beautiful, affordable green home by hand using salvaged wood and other reclaimed materials.
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Campsite Cob Oven Construction
Here is yet another possible building project presented to you which requires no formal training, very little money, and techniques/methods that anyone can use.
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Simple Sink Cleaning and Maintenance
Keep your sink sparkling and your drains clear with these suggestions for green sink cleaning.
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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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