Are You Ready for a Green Roof?

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In the last 10 years research into Green Roofing has been leading the way to greener cities in North America.

It may seem like a thoroughly modern design idea, something born during the “green” movement by eco-loving hippies. But, actually, throughout history and many cultures, green roofs have often been the norm.

Remember, most people lived in simple earthen homes that were sometimes dug out of hillsides or creek banks. It was only natural that native grasses and wildflowers would flourish on top. Homes with sod or thatched grass roofs, were also susceptible to “invasions” by seeds carried on the wind. Soon every home in the village had a green roof!

Seeking ways to live more harmoniously with nature, modern homeowners are re-discovering the beauty of this kind of roofing. If you are planning to install a green roof, here are some things to consider and keep in mind. [Continue reading]

Green Living: Reuse Resource For Families

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As the holiday season winds down and your children are immersed in all things new, what happens with all those old toys, games, and clothes? Are there a few things you still need and would like to find? Parents know how remarkably fast our … [Continue reading]

How to Use Sustainable Building Materials

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Using sustainable building materials is an important step in creating an energy-efficient, eco-friendly building. It will lower your energy costs and save raw materials. Sustainable building materials are renewable, used, refurbished, recycled, or … [Continue reading]

Natural Fiber Area Rugs of Sisal, Jute and Seagrass

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Fiber is good for more than your digestive system. It also makes a heck of a natural fiber area rug. Go ahead- try that with your granola! But seriously... Natural fiber area rugs are commonly woven from seagrass, sisal and jute. Contrary to … [Continue reading]

8 Tips to Make Your Historical Restoration Project Green

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Restoring a historical home is a labor of love. But just because you're taking your home back in time, doesn't mean you can't use some modern know-how. In fact, sustainable restoration can actually honor the intent of the original builders. Here are … [Continue reading]

The Green House: a new building revolution

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We only have one world to live in. Everywhere we go, people are more aware of their carbon footprint, choosing not to deplete natural resources without a thought about how they will be replenished. This awareness is leading to lifestyle changes that … [Continue reading]

Green Tips: Try Wood Alternatives for Your Fireplace

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Make your fireplace eco-friendly by using products such as EcoBricks or installing an EcoFire Super-Grate. Homeowners with a fireplace have a unique set of concerns when it comes to greening up their home heating practices. Fireplace owners, here … [Continue reading]

First Home Certified Emerald Under Green Building Standard

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RGB Custom Builders of East Stroudsburg, Pa., has built the first home to be certified to the Emerald level of the National Green Building Standard rating system. Builder Bob Brown’s home scored a total of 724 points in the six categories of the … [Continue reading]

Wines: A Fair Trade Option

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In today's world, decisions we make often have global implications. Most of us are becoming more concerned with the social and environmental impact of our decisions. Whether it’s choosing a green detergent or a fair trade coffee, we are looking for … [Continue reading]

6 Resources for Green Gift Ideas For The Holiday Season

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It’s that time again, the holiday season is upon us and thoughts of gift giving have invaded your ever-waking moment. Where does one go to obtain green gift ideas or buy green gifts for our friends and loved ones? A variety of things must first be … [Continue reading]