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Build Green – Home

Tweet You Deserve Better Value, Health & Balance Harness the Holidays and de-stress with these green building ideas to manage your extra decorating and entertaining costs or you’ll end up with financial troubles in January – and beyond. In this series, we’ll focus upon one of 12 smart ways to give yourself Holiday Breaks at […]

Tweet Before winter cold sets in, it pays to make sure that your gas heating system and appliances are working safely. Two main dangers of defective systems are carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning and fires. In Penfield, New York, a 54-year-old man died of CO poisoning one November. Prior to his death, the home’s CO alarms […]

Tweet I confess to enjoy the daily ritual of spotting the white rectangular newspaper bundle sitting on the driveway at “O-dark thirty”. There’s something about flipping and scanning through the paper I like.   Plus, there’s my addiction to clipping out interesting bits here and there. A photo, a cartoon, a funny news blurb. I’ll share […]

Tweet I am always fascinated by the names of odd things. Take for instance the white, inner rind of a citrus fruit.  It’s called an ‘albedo’.   Who thinks up this stuff? I’m humored because green builders also use ‘albedo’ when choosing different types of cool roofs. By the way, cool roofs lower your home air […]

Tweet When entertaining outdoors, you obviously want to create a comfortable setting. A combination of decks and patios don’t have to be elaborate to impress your guests, just well built. Besides they also add property value and expand the functionality of your home. Green builders favor more patio than deck surfaces because the low-maintenance brick, […]

Tweet Hardwood, tile, carpet – one product doesn’t clean them all. In fact each type of floor needs its own care product. In the Build That Green Idea House we used the latest generation of green build waterborne polyurethanes called Bona Traffic on the master bedroom floors. Made specifically for home hardwoods and heavy traffic […]

Tweet The persistent beeping of an alarm under the floor woke us up at midnight the other night. We’d had a tremendously hot 101 degree day for the summer solstice and all of a sudden, we had a monster rain storm. What we found, was that

Tweet Your Turn: My house is so dusty. The family room carpet is especially hard to keep clean.  My husband covered the air filter with cheesecloth. He says my three dogs might be part of the problem.  – Cheryl, Fayetteville, NC My Turn: The US Green Building Council cautions that a majority of dust and […]

Tweet Relative Humidity is part of indoor air comfort Your Turn:  How come I’m comfortable with the air conditioning temperature but my husband keeps complaining that he’s still hot?   Maria, Fayetteville, NC My Turn: To a green builder, your family’s comfort is a critical part of indoor air quality. It’s said Americans spend an average […]

Tweet What IS true green vs. greenwashing? This label in a duct cleaning company ad caught my eye last week. Got any idea what the image means? I do and now, you’ll know….