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Green Homes

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

Consider Fiberglass Windows as an Energy-Efficient Window Option

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

This green homes blog post describes energy-efficient, fiberglass windows and the impact they have on energy costs in your home.


Four Benefits of Using Ground-Source Heat Pumps

By Ruth Barton

MOTHER EARTH NEWS explores the low environmental impact of using ground source heat pumps and three other benefits.


5 Tips for a Greener Christmas

By Ruth Barton

Take notice of your environmental footprint over the festive period and follow our guide for a greener Christmas.


Things Get Easier One Step at a Time

By Christopher James Marshall

Dream big, build a small house or make home improvements, and enjoy the benefit of every task when you tap into your Zen of Building.


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Experience Cordwood Home Living Before You Build at These Bed and Breakfasts

By Richard Flatau, Cordwood Construction Resources

Are you thinking about building a cordwood home or cottage, but are not quite sure if it's worth all the effort? Why not first spend some time in a cordwood home? There are several places where you can enjoy vacation time in a Cordwood Bed and Breakfast.


5 Affordable Interior-Design Ideas that Incorporate Salvaged Materials

By David Glenn

Using new design ideas in your home will help you create an aesthetic that is all your own, but you don’t have to go out and dump your bank account into new items. You can make some great updates to your home using recycled or salvaged pieces for very cheap. This article explores five design ideas anyone can do for a dime by incorporating recycled materials that will make your home look amazing.


Step-By-Step Construction for Owner-Built Small Homes

By Christopher James Marshall

Estimating the work load and minimizing re-work is the key to happy owner-builders of small homes. The basic steps are similar wither you build a straw-bale, stick-frame, or masonry structure, all must be completed within the relatively short building season.


What Is a Net-Zero Home? Plus, How to Get One

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

Net-zero homes are very popular. What are they and how do you get one? Here are some tips.