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The Meaning Behind GREEN
Our childhood pal, Kermit the Frog, had the right idea when he sang, “It’s not that easy bein’ green. ” While Kermit ...
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LEED Green Building Certification for Homes
LEED, the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program, has lon...
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What Is Greenwashing?
What Is Greenwashing?Greenwashing is the practice of falsely advertising one’s product, company or practice as “green...
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Energy Star Homes
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, through its Energy Star program, enables consumers to easily identify home...
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Check the Label: A Guide to Green Designations for the Home
What is a green home? While “green” has yet to be given a universally accepted definition, a green home would be defi...
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Insulation 101
Insulation is a non-structural material used to reduce heat transfer. The most typical forms of insulation available ...
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Aggressive Energy Savings of Passive House Design
More and more renovators, house hunters, architects and construction companies are paying attention to energy-saving ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Lumens vs. Watts
During our long experience with incandescent light bulbs, we got used to thinking about light in terms of wattage. Bu...
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Bob Vila Radio: LEED Explained
According to the US Green Building Council, more than twenty thousand homes have been LEED certified, and there are e...
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Bob Vila Radio: Insulation R-Values
Whether you live in a hot or cold climate, the most important area to insulate is your attic floor. This fully insula...
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MERV Ratings: What Do They Mean?
When we set out to build a new construction home, we had a lot of research to do. Having lived in NYC apartments for ...
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A GREEN User's Guide
Discovering the differences and similarities among green certification seals.
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Quick Tip: LEED-Certified Means Green Building
What is LEED Certification? As green building hits the mainstream, you’ll continue to hear many new terms. One of the...
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Pre-cast Concrete Foundation Installation
Bob meets with Jim Costello from Superior Walls of America to discuss the difference between a pre-cast and a traditional poured-concrete foundation.
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Rigid Roof Insulation
Bob helps contractor Bob Ryley install the roof insulation and the false rafter tails, or "jet blocks". Bob discusses the advantages of this type of insulation, e...
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Insulating the Victorian
Bob and the insulation contractor review how different types of insulation are used in different applications. Blown-in insulation is put into the existing house,...
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Insulation Ratings
Hank Cassidy explains insulation ratings to Bob.
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Spray-On Closed-Cell Insulation
Bob meets with Don Schumacher (from NCFI), who explains polyurethane spray-on insulation. Applied directly to the back of sheathing, it swells to 25 times its liq...
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Spraying In Closed-Cell Insulation
Bob is joined by Jim Remick, of Nickerson-Remick insulation contractors, who tells Bob that closed-cell insulation is more and more in demand. Once rigid, the ins...
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