Green Building Practices

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Salvaged Wood Makes Treads and a Newel Oost for a Stairwell
This builder planed down the original heart-pine flooring to a smooth finish to fabricate a decorative cap for a separation wall, a mantel and fireplace surround, and treads and a newel post for a stairwell. A few coats of water-based polyurethane protect the remilled wood.
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Minimizing Concrete in a Slab-on-Grade Home
Whether your goal is to cut construction costs, minimize environmental impact, or both, there are practical ways to build a home with less concrete.
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Thoughtful Demolition and Job-Site Recycling
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Passive-Solar Design
Designing south-facing overhangs wide enough to keep out the hot summer sun while allowing the lower-angle winter sun to penetrate the building can make sense. It does help to prevent summer overheating, and it brings welcome daylight in the winter. However, because of the sun’s lower angle in the morning and the afternoon, overhangs don’t keep out all the summer sun.
A Look at Living Roof Systems
Check out the core of this green, living roof—pre-built trays with durable sedum plants which create a robust, drought-resistant rooftop landscape. Studies on living roofs have shown that they provide a number of economic, aesthetic, and environmental benefits when designed and built properly It's not just about the plants—there's a carefully crafted system underneath. From soil and drainage matrix to filter fabric and ballast, each component plays a crucial role. 🌿
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Upfront Carbon Emissions in Home Construction
Choosing ­materials and methods that lower upfront emissions is key to reducing our climate impact. #Construction #HomeBuild #Carbon #CarbonConcious
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Designing for Solar Panels
Incorporating photovoltaic panels into preconstruction planning can maximize energy efficiency and cost savings. #Solar #SolarPanel #HomeDesign #GreenBuilding #Roofing #NewConstruction #Retrofit
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Plan Ahead to Save Energy - Fine Homebuilding
When building a new home, your insulation strategy should be part of the design process, not a last-minute decision.
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Plan Ahead to Save Energy - Fine Homebuilding
When building a new home, your insulation strategy should be part of the design process, not a last-minute decision.