Green Homes

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

6 Questions to Ask Before Buying a Green Home

By Kari Klaus, Viva Green Homes

A list of the 6 most basic questions to ask before a buyer purchases a green home.


How to Build a Green Construction Site

By James White

A single bulldozer engine can emit as much particulate matter as more than 500 cars. Learn how the construction industry can get green with these tips.


Neighbors Work Together on the Suburban Frontier

By Jan Spencer

Greening our homes, neighborhoods and communities depends on friends and neighbors working together. This blog will show and tell several examples of friends and neighbors greening the neighborhood.


How to Choose an Eco-Friendly Rug

By Jennifer Tuohy

Indoor air pollution can be even worse than outdoor. For this reason, choosing eco-friendly floor coverings is essential to a healthy home.


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How to Clean Outdoor Rugs the Naturally Effective Way

By Sommer Poquette

The outdoor rugs that line my garage and mud room get filthy and need a good cleaning every now and again, a cleaning that usually goes beyond just vacuuming. But this cleaning can be done in an eco-friendly way, without the use of harsh chemicals.


Wood Foam May Be the Answer to Eco-Friendly Insulation

By James White

Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Wood Research in Germany have developed a new type of insulating foam.


A Roundup of 24 Eco-Friendly Patio-Decor Ideas

By Sommer Poquette

It's never too early to think spring. And it's a good time now to plan for an eco-friendly patio by thinking about how household items can be smartly repurposed and upcycled into useful patio décor.


Make 9-Volt Batteries Last as Long as Possible

By Derek Purdy

Here’s how to use every last drop of charge from 9-volt smoke detector batteries.