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Green Gifts for the Outdoor Nut
11/27/2009 5:04 AM
I'm more cranky than usual and already regarding red and green as the world's worst pairing since Jon and Kate. It must be Christmas. That gets the bah humbug out of the way - if only for the moment - so here are the first of our 2009 green (the red will be your bank balance) ideas for the upcoming holiday. Today's selections are for th...Read More
Carbon Neutral Home Shaping Up
11/23/2009 5:47 AM
In September we introduced a project in Southhampton (Long Island), New York under which is being built a completely carbon-neutral home from the ruins of devastating residential fire. As background, the home of David Dubin and his family was hit by a major fire on December 22 of last year. The fire ruined the center of the house but left the shell...Read More
Chinese Drywall Causing Literal Homeowner Headaches
11/13/2009 6:38 AM
A few months ago we posted a very popular piece on this forum about Dragon Board (April 9, 2009), a drywall substitute that has many environmental, structural, and economic advantages. We christened it almost too good to be true. Let me quickly say that I stand by that statement. But, in the course of researching that article we ran across a refere...Read More
Carbon Neutral House Rising in New York
9/25/2009 2:15 PM
Nine months after a fire partially destroyed their home in Southampton, a Long Island family is turning the tragedy into a green opportunity . After losing their home last December 22, the David Dubin family joined with members of The Hamptons Green Alliance to rebuild the house in what is believed to be the first net zero energy consumption, certi...Read More
Lots of Alternatives for White Roofs
9/5/2009 9:36 AM
The surface of a dark roof can reach 180° on a sunny day. A roof that hot does a lot to the temperature inside the structure, a situation that would be welcome in Minnesota in January but is more likely to occur in Texas in August. The heat is absorbed into the structure where, even with its tendency to rise, will still elevate the inside tempe...Read More
White Roofs and Albedo
8/6/2009 2:51 PM
On Monday while discussing dark roofing materials we mentioned albedo, a word we are sure the majority of non-scientists have never heard of. That may not be the case for long. Here's the deal. Albedo is defined as high solar reflectance, i.e. the earth's capability of bouncing the sun's rays back into the stratosphere. If a surface abs...Read More
An Old Fallacy About the Energy Efficiency of a Dark Roof
8/3/2009 4:08 PM
If you live in a four-season climate you have probably heard that a dark roof will cut winter energy costs. It ain’t necessarily so. The oft-stated theory is that the dark roofs will absorb heat from the suns rays, heating the house and cutting down on the amount of gas, oil, or electricity needed to heat it in the winter months. With the new...Read More
Propane Garden Tools
7/20/2009 9:06 AM
Gas powered lawn and garden equipment are environmental disasters. Here are some ugly statistics from the EPA. Gas lawn mowers create 5 percent of U.S. air pollution; and even higher percentage in metropolitan areas. Garden equipment engines emit high levels of carbon monoxide, volatile organic compounds, and nitrogen oxide. Gas mowers consume 800 ...Read More
Wal-Mart Raises Ante on Sustainability
7/16/2009 7:06 AM
Today it becomes official. Sustainability is in . Wal-Mart says so. The marketing giant is expected to release details Thursday of a new initiative which it claims will help its buyers, customers, and other retailers determine the social and environmental impact of every product on Wal-Mart's shelves . According to Stephanie Rosenbloom writing ...Read More
Gold Rush Green
7/13/2009 12:58 PM
Loeb Strauss (1829 - 1902); pioneer in energy conservation and green building construction. Sounds like a bit of very strange ancient history unless you know that Loeb Strauss later became known as Levi. And that blue jeans, the product he made popular with gold miners and other working stiffs 150 years ago, was the forerunner of insulation that se...Read More