Green by Design: 7 Steps to Green Building

Green by Design: 7 Steps to Green Building

You can't tell if a home is green just by looking at it, because your green home can be just about any style you choose. And, you can't tell a green home by the price either. You can purchase every high-efficiency gadget on the market, or you can make your house green using simple, economical materials and good design.

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Floor Framing and Subfloor

Floor Framing and Subfloor

Green flooring choices generally do not require any changes to the home's design. You simply substitute the better, more durable, environmentally efficient material for the conventional material during your installation process.

Type: Fact Sheet




Why Bamboo?

Why Bamboo?

Bamboo is not produced by trees, but rather a fast growing grass. Bamboo is able to grow from a sprout to a harvestable grass in three to five years.

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Why Cork?

Why Cork?

Cork is a natural product that is sustainably harvested from the bark of cork oak trees. The tree's outer casing is harvested every nine years without harm to the trees.

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Interior Walls and Trim

Interior Walls and Trim

While a long-term standard in interior finishing, drywall, or gypsum board, uses a significant amount of energy for the curing process and creates a huge carbon footprint. This fact sheet discusses how to minimize that environmental impact.

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Green Choice: The Right Choice

Green Choice: The Right Choice

Green Choice natural wood flooring is made from natural resources without disturbing or destroying our fragile ecology. For example, their bamboo flooring is made from sustainable bamboo forests in China, harvested every 5-6 years.

Type: Guide




Cold Water Washing And Detergent Fact Sheet

Cold Water Washing And Detergent Fact Sheet

Washing in cold water is a simple, low-cost measure as water does not have to be heated. Additionally, cold water retains the color of your clothing, reducing fading and bleeding of colors.

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Exterior Finishes

Exterior Finishes

The exterior of a house is designed to protect the home from the elements, but is also a vital part of a home's visual appeal. There are many choices when it comes to the external finish of a home, and most have pros and cons when it comes to environmental considerations and energy savings.

Type: Fact Sheet




Shades of Green: A Green Building Guide for Youthbuild Associates

Shades of Green: A Green Building Guide for Youthbuild Associates

YouthBuild is responsible for developing and maintaining the Shades of Green online green building manual with case studies, tip sheets, videos, getting started checklists, and a fast-growing collection of the best resources for green building. Download this white paper by YouthBuild to learn about the steps involved in green construction.

Type: White Paper




Green Building Basics

Green Building Basics

This fact sheet gives an overview of green building basics from the design process to the operation and maintenance of the home. This document can be used as a primer for anyone interested in getting starting with green building.

Type: Fact Sheet




Let's Go Green Shopping

Let's Go Green Shopping

Green purchasing means buying smart and shopping with the environment in mind. That means buying products that help conserve natural resources, save energy, and prevent waste. Everything you buy affects the environment, but some choices are better than others.

Type: Brochure




Creating Green Affordable Housing

Creating Green Affordable Housing

Developing and preserving affordable housing is critical to creating sustainable communities, but local governments face many obstacles. Utilizing funding for green affordable housing practices can provide both long and short-term benefits for local governments, however costs continue to rise.

Type: Research





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