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GREEN Topic: Brownfields

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Brownfields, with certain legal exclusions and additions, are real properties of which the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant, or contaminant. Brownfield sites typically exist in industrial areas, or in abandoned mines that have contaminated large acres of […]

GREEN Topic: Alternative Pesticides – Integrated Pest Management

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Integrated Pest Management (IPM) is an effective and environmentally sensitive alternative to pesticide use. Pesticides, as defined by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are “any substance or mixture of substances intended for preventing, destroying, repelling, or lessening the damage of any pest.” Because of the many efforts to phase out […]

GREEN Topic: Straw Bale Home Basics

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Appropriate for a wide variety of climates, straw bale homes can be comfortable and can manage moisture effectively if designed and constructed properly.  These structures can provide good thermal (approx. R-30 to R-35) and sound insulation and provide some fire-resistance in ASTM testing. They use low embodied energy, low-toxicity building materials […]

GREEN Topic: Recycled Content Carpet

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Between four and five billion pounds of carpet are replaced every year in the United States alone, but less than 1% of this is recycled.  In other words, 99% of old carpet is sent to landfills instead of being recycled and made into new carpet. About 60% of carpet manufactured in […]

GREEN Topic: Log Homes

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Log homes are commonly associated with “The American Dream” because of their reputation of high quality and value and their classic outdoors look and feel.  Log homes have been built in the U.S. for centuries, but saw a rapid boost in popularity starting in the 1960’s during the �back to the […]

GREEN Topic: Building Materials

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: You can save a lot of money and avoid future headaches by choosing and installing building materials that are safe and appropriate. There is no specific cookbook path to success with building materials. However, your decisions may be usefully guided by asking the following questions: How well do the alternatives stack up […]

Green Topic: Bamboo Flooring

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Bamboo flooring is a cost-effective and environmentally sensitive choice among traditional hardwood flooring options. An appealing building material, it is very durable, strong and long-lasting. Bamboo, a grass product and not a wood product, is harvested every 5 years without damaging the actual bamboo plant, and does not require pesticides due […]

GREEN Topic: Alternative Decking Materials

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Alternative decking materials are rising in popularity because they are durable and long lasting, require little to no maintenance, and most are composed of recycled materials. The two most common types are wood/plastic composite lumber and plastic lumber. A majority of alternative decking materials are made from 90-100% recycled materials that […]

GREEN Topic: Walkability and Walkscore

Snapshot & Benefits: Walkability is the measure of how easy it is to walk from your home to grocery stores, shopping centers, restaurants, movie theatres, etc.  The closer your home is to daily destinations, the better walkability it has.  Walk Score is an online tool that determines how walkable your home is on a scale […]

GREEN Weekend:ENERGY-EFFICIENT MORTGAGES

Technology Snapshot & Benefits: Energy-efficient mortgages are one of the most beneficial and under-utilized programs the consumer can find and capitalize upon in today‘s real estate market. An energy-efficient mortgage can add an additional 15% of a home’s appraised value to the principal of a new loan or a refinance, often at no additional cost, […]