Green remodel guide Advice

Selecting an Architect to Design Your Green Home

By Jeremy Bonin

Picking the right person to design your green home is an important first step. A successful green project begins with the relationship between the homeowner and the architect. Understanding what an architect is capable of bringing to a specific project helps to define the relationship. More…

Green Renovation Checklist

Before you hang the drapes, get those windows up to peak performance. Common leaks occur around windows, doors, and other wall penetrations. Plugging those leaks with weather stripping and caulk, a simple task for anyone, can reduce your energy bill by $100 or more. More…

Green Stone & Tile Recommendations

Like all building materials, stone and tile products have both beneficial and negative environmental aspects. With respect to indoor air quality, people with serious allergies or other chronic respiratory ailments better tolerate stone and tile products because they release few, if any, emissions. More…

Selecting Healthy and Environmentally Sound Clear Wood Finishes

By Alex Pennock

Clear finishes protect wood from wear, moisture, and aging, but they can degrade the environment—in your home and elsewhere. This overview provides in-depth comparisons of Lacquer, Natural Oil, Shellac, Varnish, and Water-based clear finishes. More…

Selecting Healthy and Environmentally Sound Stains

By Alex Pennock

Many stains are made with toxic substances that come from nonrenewable resources or are energy-intensive or polluting to produce, so even low-VOC stains can have an impact on the environment. This overview provides in-depth comparisons of natural oil, acrylic / urethane, and water-based wood stains. More…

Choosing the Best Insulation Delivers Energy Savings

In-depth reviews of Cellulose, Cotton, Fiberglass, Foam, and Mineral Wool insulations. Helps you choose the best insulation for the job so you can boost the energy performance of your home and lessen its environmental impact. More…

Creating a Green Kitchen: From Resource Planning to Maintenance

The kitchen is the home’s work center and a top resource consumer. You can mitigate many of the kitchen’s environmental impacts—and provide a healthier environment for your household—by following these recommendations for the design, materials specification, construction process, and use of your kitchen. More…

Selecting Green Paint

In-depth comparisons of latex, natural, and oil paints. This overview covers the environmental and health impacts associated with most types of paint on the market. More…

Creating a Safe, Healthy Room for Your Child

The emerging medical science of pediatric environmental health is finding that children are more susceptible to environmental hazards than adults. You can reduce the risks your children face with careful attention to their nursery’s design, materials, and maintenance. More…

Navigating the Flooring Thicket: Find the Greenest Way to Meet Your Needs

In-depth reviews of flooring materials -- Bamboo, Stone, Cork, Ceramic & Glass, Tile, Wood, Linoleum, Rubber, and Carpets & Rugs. Your choice of flooring will affect everyone in your home for decades and have substantial impacts on the environment at large. More…