Nov 13, 2016
Tesla’s Integrated Solar Roofing Products
Tesla, best known for their innovative electric cars, and SolarCity, the leading US rooftop installer, have ventured into the green building market with their new integrated solar roofing products. Panasonic is to produce the solar cells, Tesla is to construct the glass tiles, and SolarCity is to handle the installations. The venture is dependent on a successful shareholder vote on November 17th to approve the $2.2 billion acquisition of SolarCity.
Elon Musk, Tesla’s CEO, introduced the new product…
Mar 22, 2015
Real Goods Solar
Every so often a company comes along that goes where no other company has gone before. The Real Goods Store is one of those companies that breaks new ground and opens up doors for people all over the world.
The Real Goods Store, founded in 1978, is the original online seller of solar living goods. They offer a huge range of products that make it possible for people to take their impact on the environment and the…
Aug 16, 2014
Unearthed Natural Paints
Perhaps you, like many other people, have visited the paint store recently with a project in mind: repainting a bathroom, changing the mood of your bedroom, or picking out the color palette of your new home. You may have noticed that many brands now offer paints that are labeled as low-VOC, zero VOC, or environmentally friendly. Purchasing those products seems like a great decision, because they are better for the environment, better for the health of your family,…
Mar 18, 2014
You may not think that a wood flooring company helps protect forests and enhance the health of the planet and their customers, but that’s what sets EcoTimber apart from other flooring manufacturers. Founded by people who were concerned by the devastation of the rainforests and who wanted to create a business that was socially and environmentally responsible, EcoTimber has proved that their customer’s dollars can go towards supporting and encouraging responsible forestry, while still gaining a beautiful, durable…
Oct 8, 2013
There aren't many companies in the world who can say they divert 3 billion pounds of waste from landfills every year. Especially not a company with a global reputation and reach, and a history dating back to more than one hundred years. But for Mohawk Flooring, the fact that they keep waste from landfills, recycle billions of plastic bottles into carpet fibers, reuse scrap wood or continuously reuse waste water at some of their ceramic tile manufacturing facilities…
May 13, 2013
ThinkGlass knows that most people think glass is just for windows. Chances are, people don't immediately think of glass when they are poring through materials to use for home improvement projects like countertops, new stairways, or accent walls. But ThinkGlass also knows that once people see how glass can transform a project from ho hum to heavenly, they'll never look at it the same way again. From a small bathroom remodel, to the addition of a countertop or…
Feb 5, 2013
There’s a lot of information available lately about using light bulbs that last longer, are more energy efficient and cost less to operate. You may have noticed that a trip down the light bulb aisle at the store yields new options each time you visit. But which ones are the best choices for your home? Are the bulbs really as efficient and safe as they claim? Are the “green” bulbs worth the money? All of these questions are…
Oct 30, 2012
Green buildings are become more important than ever for our health and the health of the planet. It is now widely known that healthier building products contribute to healthier indoor environments and are also environmentally friendly. This has led to a growing variety of green building products. From the foundation to the roof, building green makes sense. CertainTeed, one of the most well-known building supply brands, has products to help homeowners, builders and contractors complete their green building…
Aug 5, 2012
New Hampshire-based Trikeenan Tileworks offers something unique for your next home project: tile that is both handmade and sustainably produced. Their ceramic tile and brick are available in a wide range of designs and beautifully glazed colors, for any area of your home, whether it be a colorful mosaic to set off the backsplash of your kitchen range or a durable and beautiful tiled floor.
Trikeenan Tileworks, named for two of the co-owners' children, Trina and Keenan, opened…
May 22, 2012
Silver Walker Sustainable Cabinetry
Anyone who has researched upgrading old cabinets or installing new cabinetry in the kitchen or other rooms in the house may wonder how important it is to make sure the new cabinets are "green." It turns out that the overall air quality of the house, the use of healthy finishes and the use of sustainable wood has a positive impact on the beauty and safety of the home and the future of the planet. Silver Walker Sustainable Cabinetry…
Mar 4, 2012
There's an environmentally friendly, beautiful wall covering alternative to those tired options of wallpaper or paint. American Clay Earth Plasters come in a variety of colors and textures to suit any room, decor or style and best of all, they are sourced and produced right here in the United States. While wallpaper and paint may look good on the wall, can they actually improve the health of your home? American Clay's unique wall covering can do that, too. For…
Dec 5, 2011
Carlisle Wide Plank Floors
Your floor is one of the most important surfaces in your home or business. It receives the most wear-and-tear, frequent washing with a wide range of products and still must maintain the same beauty and character it did the day it was installed. If you are looking for unique, beautiful, earth friendly flooring, you may not need to look any further than Carlisle Wide Plank Floors. This company had humble roots in rural New Hampshire but quickly grew in…
Sep 11, 2011
Anyone who has a sensitivity to chemicals or the materials used in many normal building products knows the relief of finding a product that is safe to use and safe to breathe in after application. No more headaches, no more allergic reactions, no more worrying about the effects of the substance on yourself or your family members. Having a chemical sensitivity, or even making a personal decision to use a finishing product, that is safe, environmentally friendly and healthy…
Nov 1, 2010
Elegant and luxurious countertop surfaces for homes and businesses are relatively easy to find. However, it is not so simple to source a surface that is as sustainable and gentle on the planet as it is beautiful and robust. To help you out, IceStone has created a collection of luxury green countertop surfaces.
The concept of IceStone was born out of a deep commitment from the company to innovate beyond the harmful materials in traditional stone and the harsh…
Apr 9, 2010
So you're considering building a new home. Congratulations! Now it's up to you to decide what materials your new home will be constructed from. If you're eco-conscious, you may have already started thinking about materials that will save energy and be more earth-friendly. If you haven't been introduced to Eco-Block, it's certainly a building material worthy of your consideration.How it Works: This is one of the easiest ways to build in existence. There are multiple manufacturing locations throughout North…
Feb 10, 2010
Low-E Argon Windows
With the effects of global warming and constant climate change knocking at our doors, using energy-efficient and protective building products helps lessen the energy strain on the environment. When we require less energy to heat our homes, we're helping our planet recover from the damage of many years of environmental abuse. Choosing low E argon windows for our homes utilizes insulating properties that satisfy a green home initiative.
What's Wrong with Regular Windows?
Unfortunately, the average…
Dec 9, 2009
Kirei: Clean, Beautiful and Sustainable Building Supplies
Green architecture and design is more than a low-impact alternative to traditional building when you choose Kirei design materials. Kirei panels and tiles are sustainable, natural, nontoxic – and most importantly, Kirei’s selection of eco-friendly building supplies are elegantly beautiful.
About Kirei Architectural Supplies
Four eco-friendly options are currently available from Kirei, offering a natural and sustainable alternative to builders and interior designers. Since 2003, Kirei has prided themselves in supplying the architectural world with clean, green…
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