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

Light Straw-Clay Building Coming of Age in North America

By Paula Baker-Laporte, FAIA

This past year has been a hallmark year for the advancement of Light Straw-Clay building. The publication of our new book The EcoNest Home and the latest edition of Franz Volhard’s book Light Earth Building translated into English, and the inclusion of Light Straw-Clay Building in the International Residential Code has made this beautiful form of construction accessible to more people than ever before in modern times.


'Green' Patio Options for Lighting, Furniture, and More

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

Being outside on the patio brings us closer to nature. But there are ways of bringing natural elements to the patio as well. This post will describe some eco-friendly ways to "green" an outdoor patio.


Pick the Best Solar Water Heater for Your Home

By Bob Ramlow and Benjamin Nusz

Solar hot water heaters are simple, cost-effective and have been around almost as long as mankind itself.


How to Position Your Solar Energy System for Maximum Output

By Bob Ramlow and Benjamin Nusz

Understanding how much sunlight falls on your solar system is the key to success. Positioning your solar collectors correctly in the solar window will ensure you get the most from your investment.


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Fossil-Fuel-Free Cooking

By Paul Scheckel

Gas range or induction cooking? The speed and efficiency revealed. Because I’m off-grid, induction will be my go-to cooking method when sunshine is ample, offering an option for fossil-free cooking!


Cob, Straw Bale or Earthbag: Which Is the Best?

By Atulya K Bingham

Earthbag, cob and straw bale are three very popular natural building techniques, but which should you choose, and why? Here’s a checklist for every new natural builder.


Install a Solar Gate Opener to Save Energy and Money

By Jennifer Tuohy, Home Depot

An automatic gate opener is a great example of how simple and convenient it can be to use solar panels to power all of its tools and equipment. You can also get a 30% federal residential tax credit toward the cost of a new solar powered gate opener, accessories and installation, as long as you do it before December of this year.


3 Home Projects to Install Environmentally-Conscious Upgrades

By Paul Kazlov, Global Home Improvement

There quite a few home improvement projects to help increase your energy efficiency including updating your home's floors, bathroom, as well as your water system.



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