Green Living

The ins and outs of green construction and natural building, with specifics on solar design, home insulation and more.

4 Green Renovation Ideas That Increase Your Home's Value

By Elena Smith

Building an eco-friendly home doesn’t have to cost a lot. These green renovation ideas can not only reduce your carbon footprint, but also increase your home’s value.

Upcycling and Using Urbanite

By Kyle Isacksen

"Urbanite", or chunks of concrete rubble from demolished sidewalks and driveways, is an abundant and useful urban resource for walls, paths, and more..

Got Cats? Recycle, Repurpose, Reuse in the Garden!

By Blythe Pelham

Not the cats, silly! But if you live with cats, you probably deal with cat litter. If you have a lot of cats, that can mean a lot of kitty litter containers. What to do… read this post to get some ideas.

How You Can Benefit from a Cool Roof

By Sue Reed and Ginny Stibolt

Learn how cool roof designs are used to reduce the heat absorption of conventional roofs and how they can help save money on your electric bill.


Straw Bale House in the City, Part 3: Costs and Straw Bale Density

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

If considering building with straw bales, take a moment to look these numbers over so that you can understand how buildings codes instruct to calculate the density of the straw bales. This formula can make or break your project, and it is very important for you to put testing density of the straw bales that you are going to use at the top of your list of natural building priorities.

Zero-Energy Retreat Home

By Eric Thomas

Two families banded together to build an energy-efficient cabin in the mountains as a getaway for themselves as well as renters.

6 Green Home Upgrades That Can Save You Money

By Jennifer Tuohy

Modern living has a significant impact on the environment, so it’s important to look for opportunities to decrease energy consumption by making your home “green.”

Straw Bale House in the City, Part 2: Building a Test Wall

By Adam D. Bearup, Hybrid Homes

Straw bale home building requires a unique set of considerations when applying for building permits. When a developer asks this author to design a straw bale home in Michigan, he must work with the city building permitters and inspectors to educate on straw bale, and hits a few brick walls in the process.

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