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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 ...
LEED Green Building Certification for Homes
LEED, the U. S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification program, has lon...
What Is Greenwashing?
What Is Greenwashing?Greenwashing is the practice of falsely advertising one’s product, company or practice as “green...
Energy Star Homes
The U. S. Environmental Protection Agency, through its Energy Star program, enables consumers to easily identify home...
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...
Insulation 101
Insulation is a non-structural material used to reduce heat transfer. The most typical forms of insulation available ...
Aggressive Energy Savings of Passive House Design
More and more renovators, house hunters, architects and construction companies are paying attention to energy-saving ...
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...
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...
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...
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 ...
A GREEN User's Guide
Discovering the differences and similarities among green certification seals.
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...
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.
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...
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,...
Insulation Ratings
Hank Cassidy explains insulation ratings to Bob.
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...
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...
Looking to run multiple wires along the same length? Simply place each of them into your drill chuck and spin it for a nea... It turns out that many bath and kitchen cleansers contain chemicals that are dangerous to the skin and eyes, and often pro... So often we paint tiny nooks white to make them appear larger, but opting for a dark, dramatic wall color like this one—Be... Chocolate-colored walls and large window frames allow the exposed wood beams to take center stage in this small screened p... If you're not crazy about the idea of commingling plants and pool, this modern variation may be more to your liking. The s... Yes, a freestanding garage can become its own tiny house. Artist Michelle de la Vega has all the comforts of a modern resi... There’s nothing like a new set of cabinet hardware to refresh a room. The possibilities are endless: Go modern, rustic, or... Pursue what's known as the stack effect. To achieve it, open the windows on both the upper and lower floors, and as warm a... Like no other floor type, a checkerboard design works wonders to underscore the retro kitchen theme. Vinyl flooring, ceram... Twine lanterns add pops of crafty—but sophisticated—flair to any outdoor setting. Wrap glue-soaked twine around a balloon ... When securely fastened to a tree or the ceiling of a porch, a pallet and some cushioning make the ideal place to lounge. V... Incorporate nature into your lighting scheme by securing a dead tree in a concrete mold and draping your pendant lamp from... For the cost of a can of exterior paint , you can totally transform your porch. Paint the floor a hue that complements yo... In this urban apartment, a standard-issue patio became a serene and green perch by replacing the typical concrete with gro... If you put the washing machine in the mudroom, you can stop the kids from walking through the house in dirty, grass-staine...
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