Is cork as good for sound absorption as wall-to-wall carpeting?

— monique Daniel Hastings On Hudson, NY

Answered by Molly McCabe, AKBD, CGP, CAPS on November 9, 2010

We’re building a prefab home in Puerto Rico. How can we keep it cool without central AC?

— June Vazquez, Aguadilla, Puerto Rico

Answered by Mark Schrieber on August 25, 2009

Can you recommend affordable green kitchen cabinets, flooring, and countertops?

— Ann Wylie, Colorado Springs, CO

Answered by Cynthia Phakos on November 26, 2008