Category: Green (page 1 of 7)

A Look Into the Rise of Microhouses and Modular Guest Houses

Tiny houses and space-efficient floor plans are a penchant of ours. How can you not love them – they’re clever, affordable, space-saving, eco-friendly – need we go on? With the costs of real estate and construction on the rise, micro-housing offers a unique guest house design idea. Looking For Unique Guest House Design Ideas? Consider […]

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Painted Roof vs. Green Roof: Which Energy-Efficient Roof Design Is Right For You?

Some of the most energy-efficient improvements you can make in your home take place at the top. One of them involves your roofing system. The solar heat gain that accumulates via hot roofs causes your HVAC to run overtime, which also keeps those energy bills significantly higher than necessary. An energy-efficient roof design mitigates solar […]

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Another Green Rating System?

You’re familiar with the expression, “Too many chiefs and not enough Indians?” It can certainly feel that way when it comes to green design and certification programs as they are many and varied. However, there is one of these “add-ons” that we’re happy to see building momentum, and that is the GreenFaith Leadership Program. Unlike […]

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Jeff's Eco-Friendly Tiny Homes

Tiny houses, reclaimed or recycled materials, and energy efficiency – what’s not to love? If you subscribe to our blog, you know we’re fans of small, efficient housing. We’ve covered a few different examples of tiny or micro-designs over the years, and now we’re smitten with Jeff’s eco-friendly tiny homes. Like most cool inventions and designs, the first […]

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Giving up Office Space to Go Green?

It’s our job to keep up with design/build trends so we were captivated by the headline, The Green Office is no Office at All in JLL Boston’s Blog. We expected a critique of green workplace design, instead we found a brief op-ed about the benefits of moving out of a “real” office and into a […]

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Greenwash Action Launches with Open Letter to GBI

It can be awfully confusing for the average consumer when trying to design and build a “Green” building. Just as the Organic food label has come under fire, so too have sectors of the green building movement. Green washing, making a product seem “greener” than it really is, is a growing problem and one that […]

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What Sustainable Features Make the Most Economic Sense?

It would be great if every project could integrate the complete bullet list of sustainable design features. However, while most private home and commercial project budgets can’t accommodate all of them, they can accommodate a handful. Knowing which features make the most economic sense will steer you in a direction that makes the most sense […]

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Is Healthcare Design and Designing for Health Different?

Our immediate answer is, “Yes, it is different.” That being said, there’s much that healthcare design and general building design should have in common – predominantly the goal of creating sustainable buildings that are good for mind, body and soul. Last month, the AIA hosted a Design and Health Summit at their headquarters in Washington, […]

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How Algae and Solar Panels Help Shade the Interior Space

Mother Earth does a pretty amazing job at creating net-zero energy systems. As the green design momentum continues, modern-day innovators are taking their queues from nature, learning how to better replicate her systems, which will result in a healthier existence for all of us. We have focused on some of these innovations before, such as […]

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Buyers Remorse for a Green Home?

While green design is touted across the design and build spectrum as the wave of the future, the real proof is in the proverbial pudding; it’s only in the last decade that homeowners have had the chance to evaluate whether their decision to build – or buy – a green home was worth the extra […]

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