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The Appeal of Bamboo Flooring
Floors are an essential and important element in an interior design scheme. Small wonder, then, that the eye-catching...
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Bob Vila Radio: Thinking Green Year-Round
It’s easy to think green on Saint Patrick’s Day—in fact, it would be hard NOT to think green today! But with each pas...
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The Ultimate All-Natural Cleaning Guide: 21 Ways to Spring Clean Your Whole House Naturally
There's no better time than spring to give your home some serious deep cleaning. It's finally warm enough to wash your windows without freezing them shut, and now...
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DIY Tales: Improving Energy Efficiency in Our Old Home
When we first bought our house, it was not energy-efficient at all. Not by a long shot. The windows were all old and s...
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Why You Should Avoid Pesticides When Treating an Infestation
Pesticides have long been used to treat residential, commercial, and agriculture pests around the globe. These toxic sub...
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Bob Vila Radio: Recycling Holiday Lights
The holiday season is rolling to an end, and you’ll soon be taking down your indoor and outdoor lights. Why not take ...
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Bob Vila Radio: Upcycled Designs
It’s always better to find a way to recycle or reuse an item than to send it to a landfill. Some creative designers o...
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Bob Vila's 2013 Holiday Gift Guide: For the Eco-Smart
From recycled, canvas mail sack iPad cases to an in-home mini aqua farm, we've gathered 11 green gift ideas for the earth-minded person on your holiday shopping l...
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The Black-and-White Benefits of Gray Water
It takes a whopping amount of water to sustain what many would regard as modest household usage. Imagine a family rou...
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Bob Vila Radio: Solar Shingles
When you think about solar power, do you picture bulky panels protruding from rooftops? If so, think again. With the ...
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House Envy: Sustainable Great Barrier Island Home
Crosson Clarke Carnachan Architects designed the Great Barrier Island House located in New Zealand. This 170 square...
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Quick Tip: Carpet Recycling
Did you know that if it's made of nylon 6, your old carpet can be recycled? Over 200 million pounds of old carpet is ...
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House Envy: Attractive and Sustainable Spanish Home
Young architectural firm Zwei Estudio Creativo has designed this cozy and attractive home in Pereda, Mieres del Camin...
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Quick Tip: Reclaimed Wood Floors
Reclaimed wood floors give new life to old timbers. Made from lumber recycled from demolished buildings, heart pine, ...
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7 Energy Saving Tips for Fall and Winter
7 Energy Saving Tips this Fall-Winter 1. Insulation is Key Everyone knows heat rises, so you can practically see ...
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10 Handy Household Uses for Vinegar
If you think vinegar is just for salads, think again. Here are 10 practical and easy ways to improve your household with vinegar—from cleaning tiles to repelling ...
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9 Natural Ways to Kill Weeds
With numerous kid-, pet- and earth-friendly ways to rid your garden of pesky weeds, here are nine stand-outs to put to the test.
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What Makes a Building Green?
At Freshome, we’ve talked a great deal about about green homes and buildings. And while we know that you unders...
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Fresh Coat: 10 All-Natural House Paints
Make your living room green—even if it’s blue—by choosing an all-natural, eco-friendly house paint. Here are 10 of the best.
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Earthbound: 5 "All Natural" House Styles
This is nothing new: For thousands of years, people have been living in shelters made from earth-based building mater...
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Xeriscaping
New AttitudeThe typical U. S. household can use 40 to 60 gallons a day on average just to water lawns and gardens. Ab...
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Miami Beach's Newest Green Home Goes For Platinum
Almost everyone by now should be familiar with the phrase LEED-certified—a program developed by the U. S. Green Build...
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Brad Pitt's MAKE IT RIGHT Homes
On August 29, 2005, Hurricane Katrina slammed into the Gulf Coast, bringing category-3 winds and tidal surges that de...
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Low-Flow Toilets 101
The EPA declares that an estimated 4. 8 billion gallons of water are flushed down the toilet every day. According to ...
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Ways to Save Water in Your Garden
Water has now become one of the world's most precious commodities, so we all need to become more water-wise. However,...
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Green Home Innovations
Only a few years ago, environmentally sensitive home products were hard to find and even harder to afford. But as ene...
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Geothermal Heating Systems
Geothermal heat represents about two percent of the total heating market in the U. S. , with more than 1. 3 million s...
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Green Redesign
Great home style isn’t about having the newest, most expensive furnishings and accessories. Interior re-designers, or...
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Green Occupations: Educating Builders and Brokers
Defining Green Despite all the progress that has been made to educate consumers and home industry professionals on al...
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Green Homes—Creating a Project Plan
Before you plunge into a green home or remodeling project, take a minute to consider why upfront planning can be so i...
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Green Homes—Heating and Air Quality
Where to StartToday’s HVAC is more than just the equipment that heats, ventilates, and cools our home. It is the inte...
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Green Homes—Advanced Framing Techniques
With the increased emphasis on saving the environment and costs, there is renewed interest in “advanced framing” cons...
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Outdoor Edition
A walk down any big-box store’s cleaning products aisle will tell the story: It’s evident by the noticeable increase ...
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Going Green and Keeping Clean: Indoor Edition
Searching for a cleaning product nowadays can be a complicated matter. All sorts of different specialized cleaners li...
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Easy Ways to Green Your Home
Every green-minded homeowner dreams of solar panels, high-efficiency windows and low-flush toilets. The reality check...
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Smart Water: Faucets, Heaters, and Systems
Consumers who are thinking about conservation, convenience, and green issues alike will find an enormous range of “sm...
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Nature Inspires Sustainable Solutions for the Home
Rather than trying to dominate or overrun nature, some companies are being inspired by it, and with good reason. Over...
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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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Green Machines: Eco-Friendly Electronics
The green movement is in full swing: from organic foods to energy-efficient appliances to greener cleaning products, ...
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Design a Green Home Office
As a freelance writer and book author, Linda Mason Hunter spends many hours holed up in her home office. It has all t...
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5 Keys to Understanding Geothermal Heat Pumps
There's been a lot of chatter about the energy-saving potential of geothermal heat pumps over the long term. Also kno...
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Sustainability Trends at Dwell on Design 2013
While scouting for trends at the Dwell on Design show in Los Angeles, there was one prominent element that the majority o...
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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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House Tour: 1885 NYC Townhouse Goes Green
This renovated Manhattan townhouse proves once and for all that beauty and sustainability are not mutually exclusive.
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A Green Dream Townhouse
Back in 2005, when Paul Gleicher and his wife Lisa Sharkey began to gut-renovate their 1885 Manhattan townhouse, the ...
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4 Ways to Reduce Your Renovation Waste
Home renovation is big business. And if you think renovation generates a ton of construction work, just think of the ...
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Trending Now: Green Roofs
As you plan landscaping for your yard, consider the potential of bringing it to the roof. The benefits of reduced runoff, improved insulation and longevity may b...
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5 Incredible Examples of Sustainable Furniture Design from BKLYN Designs 2013
This year marked the tenth anniversary of BKLYN DESIGNS, an exhibition of contemporary design and furnishings held in...
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Save the Bees, Save Yourself: The Anti-Allergy Virtues of Local Honey
Do you suffer from seasonal allergies? A natural remedy waits in your backyard: locally produced honey. To date, scie...
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Bob Vila Radio: Conserve Water
The demand for fresh water continues to grow, and the easiest way to meet that demand is simply to waste less of it. ...
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20 Ways to Support Earth Day This Year
Today of all days, take one step toward protecting the planet, and your monthly utility costs will benefit as well.
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Bob Vila's 50 Shades of Green
Standing in her kitchen, she knew the handsome stranger wasn't like the other men in her life, when he pulled her cl...
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It's All in the Flush! Low-Flow Toilets' High Impact
Average Americans are flushing money down the drain.  Oh, maybe not literally money—but most US homes still have one ...
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Architect Stefano Boeri's Vertical Forest in Milan
In Milan, Italian apartment dwellers will soon have the chance to live in the middle of a forest, 20 floors up. After...
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Bob Vila Radio: Water-Saving Fixtures
Showers account for more than a fifth of the water Americans use every day. You can conserve more of this precious re...
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Bob Vila Radio: Low-Flush Toilets
Did you know that you could save 20% on your water bill just by replacing your toilet? Most conventional toilets hog ...
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Eco-Friendly Flooring: 5 Ways to Go Green from the Bottom Up
60 to 70% of the homes in the U. S. contain carpeting made from nylon, polyester, or vinyl—materials dependent on non...
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Bob Vila Radio: Irrigating Sustainably
Irrigating your yard can really be wasteful and expensive; clean water is a precious commodity, and not just in deser...
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Bob Vila Radio: Home Recycling Centers
By now we all know that recycling’s the way to go, but to get your whole family on board, you need a system that’s ea...
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Bob Vila Radio: Go Local
It’s a great idea to shop for green products, but don’t forget to factor transport into the true cost of what you’re ...
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Seattle Bans Plastic Bags at the Checkout Counter
In a bid to reduce waste and keep plastics out of the nation’s waterways and oceans, Seattle joins a growing number o...
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Fireclay Tile: An Inventive Company Flush with Green Ideas
For Paul Burns, Founder and Chief Ceramicist at Fireclay Tile, the deafening sound of crushing porcelain toilets is s...
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DuPont's Drive to Zero
In a major push to green its global operations, DuPont Building Innovations, the makers of Corian and Tyvek building ...
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Advice for Creating a Sustainable Garden
Many love the idea of planting a garden. However, there are many of us who need specific information and help before begi...
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5 Ways to a Greener Lawn
To achieve a greener lawn, you don’t have to layer on the artificial fertilizers and toxic pesticides. Using natural ...
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How To: Save Water at Home
Test Your Shower UsageShowers account for more than one-fifth of the water Americans use every day. We can conserve m...
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Quick Tip: Shopping for Green Products
Factor in Transportation It’s a great idea to shop for green products. Fortunately, they’re becoming easier to find. ...
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Quick Tip: Recycle Building Materials
Think Before You Toss Deconstruction is the new demolition. Instead of gutting a project and sending the whole sheban...
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How To: Make Kids Eco-Aware
The way to a young person’s conservation-conscious heart is through active learning—and maybe some candy. Kids love t...
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Earth Day 2012: Our Year in Green
Each year on Earth Day we pause to acknowledge and appreciate the majesty of nature and the gravity of the problems t...
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DIY Deals: Earth Day
In honor of Earth Day this Sunday, April 22, we're encouraging everyone to give back to Mother Nature. Make your corn...
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Shipping Container Homes
Steel shipping container homes, also called storage container homes, offer a fast, green, and sustainable approach to...
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7 DIY Recycling Centers for Small Spaces
Whether you're lucky enough to have once-weekly curbside service, or you have to transport your paper, glass, metal a...
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20 Ways to Go Green Today
Simple, do-it-today ideas for saving the planet—and a little money, too.
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From Construction Site to Runway: The Loop Jacket
Final countdown to spring! Time to park the parka and whip out the windbreaker. Don’t have one or looking to buy some...
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Learning to Love Recycling
Thanks to a new crop of thoughtfully designed Rubbermaid recycling products, corralling kitchen recyclables has never...
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Treecycling
With the fun and excitement of the holidays behind us, it's time to do what seemed unthinkable only a couple weeks ag...
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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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Fighting Hunger—Can by Can
At the 19th Annual Canstruction Design/Build Competition—an art show and food drive benefiting City Harvest—some of N...
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General Colin L. Powell Apartments, South Bronx
The South Bronx The South Bronx’s reputation conjures up violent street life in the shadow of menacing apartment tow...
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Quick Tip: Creating a Recycling Center at Home
Set Up an Easy Recycling SystemOn average, Americans recycle less than a third of our waste. If we doubled our effort...
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San Francisco Grabs the "Green" Crown
In a new survey sponsored by Siemens and the Economist Intelligence Unit, San Francisco outpaced 27 other major metro...
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Light Bulbs: The Shape of Things to Come
Despite what you may have heard—the incandescent light bulb is not going the way of the dinosaur.   "It will, however...
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5 Simple Ways to Save H2O at Home
Although roughly 75 percent of the Earth is covered with water, the reality is that less than 1 percent of that water...
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Planning for Soil Conditions and Setting the Footings
Bob introduces homeowner Howard Brickman. Steve Ivas, an environmental engineer, describes the area wetlands, which must be accommodated. Innovative building tech...
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Reviewing the Addition's Footprint and Garage Doors and Laying Down the Second-Story Floor
The new addition's footprint is essentially a whole other house, yet it will integrate visually with a matching roofline to the existing house. New technologies h...
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Installing Galvalume Metal Roof and Solar Panels
Work is being done on the roof—laying Deck-Armor and installing metal roofing and photovoltaic panels. Bob talks with Jeff Wolf from GroSolar about the photovolta...
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Touring a Designer Showhouse and Baby's Bathroom
In West Palm Beach, FL, the American Lung Association has sponsored a designer showhouse that highlights a healthy home. Bob’s house tour focuses on the baby’s ba...
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Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building
Bob visits the South Bronx, NY, where Habitat for Humanity has partnered with private developer Les Bluestone to create a green oasis for low-income families that...
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Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy and Bob tour her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After a flood ruined the house, the challenge was to salvage and ...
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Tour an Earth-Bermed House in Upstate New York
Bob visits with architect Alan Shope who has built a unique earth-bermed house at his farm in Upstate New York.
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Installing Custom Shower Doors, Bath Hardware, and CO Detectors
Bob reviews the bathrooms, discusses the importance of carbon monoxide detectors, and highlights some fun touches in the basement, such as his mini wine cellar an...
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Discussing Water Purification and Touring the Kinetico Plant near Cleveland, OH
Bob asks about the benefits of water purification and tours the Kinetico plant just outside of Cleveland to find out how the quality of the water is improved.
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Removing Unwanted Junk and Debris
Bob discusses the best ways to discard debris and unwanted items before starting a renovation.
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Replacing the Gutters, Trimming a Tree, and Creating a Low-Maintenance Front Yard
Old gutters are replaced and external landscaping continues with the trimming of a tree, installing a front garden, and creating steps from recycled granite.
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Building an Energy-Efficient Florida Home
Bob meets with Bill Zoeller to discuss the ways this property will be 50% more energy efficient that a typical Florida Home.
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Sustainable Landscaping in Florida
Angela Polo and Ken Micklow shows Bob how to work with native plants, discuses fertilizers and pest control. They also discuss how to plant to protect from high w...
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Sustainable Planting for Florida Landscape
Ken Micklow and Trent Culleny talk with Bob about native, storm-resistant gardening. Then Carm DiBella shows Bob an environmentally friendly termite protection s...
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Installing Natural Bamboo Sliding Panel Shades
Cindy O'Reilly is on site with Bob to install the natural bamboo, sliding-panel shades.
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Ultra Low-Flow Toilet Installed
Lenora Campos shows Bob a Toto energy-efficient toilet.
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A Sustainable Yard and Landscape
Bob does a walkthrough of the finished Punta Gorda home. He discusses sustainable gardening, water conservation and low-maintenance plants. Then he joins Leslie...
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Installing Bathroom Fixtures
Bob meets with Lenora Campos of Toto USA, the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Toto's Mercer line of residential fixtures, giving speci...
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Toto Low-Flow Toilet
Bob meets with Lenora Campos from Toto USA, a leader in water technology and the largest toilet manufacturer in the world. Campos introduces Bob to the dual-flush...
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Space Savings and Increased Effeciency With a Tankless Hot Water Heater
Robert Kirkpatrick from Rinnai joins Bob to explain the tankless hot-water system being installed in the Manhattan Brownstonel.
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Redwood Deck Installation and Tour of Vermont Organic Farm
Bob talks with Ron Holen from Georgia-Pacific as the finishing touches are completed on the redwood front porch deck. Bob also visits with farmers at Cedar Mounta...
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Kinetico Water Purification System and Gas-Fired Water Heater
Bob explains how the Kinetico water purification system works and reviews the A.O. Smith ProMax 75 gas-fired water heater.
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Photovoltaic Roofing Shingles Installed
Bob talks with Deane Evans (from the Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing) and Ren Anderson (from the National Renewable Engergy Laboratory) about phot...
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Helicopter Tour of Reforestation Efforts on Mount St. Helens
Bob takes a helicopter tour of the major reforestation efforts underway on Mount St. Helens.
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Green Construction in Tuscon, AZ
Bob tours Civano, a housing development in which a variety of earth-friendly construction approaches have been utilized.
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Civano Development Model Home
Bob tours a model home in the Civano development, keeping his eye out for special features and decorating ideas.
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Blower Door Test
Janet MacIlvaine and George James (from the Department of Energy) show Bob how they conduct a blower door test.
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Marble Countertop Installation
Bob checks in with Greg Rockland, the plumber installing a marble countertop in the loft conversion unit.
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Energy-Efficient Boiler Installed
A high-efficiency Buderus boiler is installed, and Steve Offutt (from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency) explains the national Energy Star program.
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Visiting the Yestermorrow Design Build School
Bob visits the Yestermorrow Design Build School in Warren, VT, which espouses a unique philosophy on architecture. Bob meets with students and discusses their pro...
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Malibu Beach House Demolition
The roof types of surrounding homes are discussed, together with the possibilities that exist for the project house. As roof demolition begins, Bob addresses the ...
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Environmentally Friendly House
Bob reviews the framing before heading inside to meet environmental specialist John Picard, who explains some of the features that make the Malibu beach house env...
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Combining Two Double-Hung Windows
Two recycled windows are used to create one large window. Once carpenter Bob Ryley demolishes the old frame, supports are installed to hold up the new combined wi...
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Recycling a Hardwood Floor
Flooring contractor Leo Boudreau shows Bob how to recycle hardwood flooring. First, the floor must be salvaged. A pry bar is used to lift and remove the wood, pie...
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Replacing the Toilet
Plumber Dan Macias replaces the old toilet with a new, high-efficiency model.
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Lowering the "Ell" Onto the Foundation
The crew lowers the recycled "ell" onto the new foundation with a crane.
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The Future of Building with Steel Shipping Containers
Bob talks with David Cross (formerly of Tampa Armature Works) about the future of home construction with steel shipping containers.
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