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Green Building Rock Springs WY

The one shining light in the real estate industry these days seems to be in green construction. Today it is far more chic to say your house is green than to mention you have granite countertops in the kitchen. These articles will provide you with more information on either transforming your existing home green or building a green home from scratch.
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Shade Trees Rock Springs WY

A site plan showing the best places for windbreaks and shade trees in much of the U.S. We all know that trees improve our lives in Rock Springs. They make our homes look better, clean the air and make outdoor activities more pleasant. Yet not everyone knows that trees also provide financial benefits. Properly located, they can cut a home's annual heating and cooling bill by as much as 25 percent.

Green Treated Lumber Rock Springs WY

When I go into my local building supply store in Rock Springs to buy lumber, the first thing I'm asked is whether I want "white wood" or "green-treated." Over the last few years, my home projects have been a deck, a privacy fence for the back yard and low retaining walls in my garden. For these projects, I want the wood to last a long time, so I've bought green-treated lumber.

Lumber Rock Springs WY

The plastic tags attached to the ends of treated lumber give some important basic information about the treated lumber. The format of these tags varies depending on the manufacturer, but typically you will see: The manufacturer or treater of the lumber. The type of wood preservative used in Rock Springs.

Green Home Restorations Rock Springs WY

Whether it's a cozy urban bungalow or a rambling Georgian mansion, renovating old houses is one of the best things homeowners can do for the environment. Not only are they preserving the cultural heritage and craftsmanship of a bygone era, they're eliminating the environmental impact of constructing a new house. As preservation architect Carl Elefante of Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C.

Custom Home Construction Rock Springs WY

From its framing to its appliances, the American home in Rock Springs is being reinvented. Here are five trends to watch. The revenge of the building scientist may be at hand. Plying a complex trade, these experts on the inner workings of the American home have never had much luck in getting the public at large excited about what they do, but James and Delores Williams could help change that.

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Affordable Green Office Spaces Rock Springs WY

Some homeowners in Rock Springs shy away from greenbuilding because they believe the initial costs are beyond their budgets. But according to a recent report, going green might be more affordable than they think.

Building Panels Rock Springs WY

The panels are designed for use in both commercial and residential building in Rock Springs, and provide a wide range of benefits for homeowners, as well as architects and builders. For instance, they do not need additional insulation or soundproofing once installed, so they'll create a tight, quiet house.

Custom Home Construction Rock Springs WY

From its framing to its appliances, the American home in Rock Springs is being reinvented. Here are five trends to watch. The revenge of the building scientist may be at hand. Plying a complex trade, these experts on the inner workings of the American home have never had much luck in getting the public at large excited about what they do, but James and Delores Williams could help change that.

Eco Friendly Homes Rock Springs WY

Studies in Rock Springs have shown that solid wood walls store the sun's energy during the day and release it at night, keeping the house warm when the outside temperature cools.

Eco-Friendly Furniture Rock Springs WY

Green home design doesn't stop at the walls, windows, roof and floors. It extends to the home's furnishings as well. Thanks to a burgeoning eco-friendly furniture industry, homeowners in Rock Springs can now outfit their homes with all types of furnishings.

Energy Efficient Home Innovations Rock Springs WY

We've identified seven noteworthy innovations that can make your home a more efficient, more environmentally friendly and more comfortable place to live. From super-efficient heating systems, whole-house ventilation and environmentally friendly insulation to mold-resistant building products, modular and concrete building systems, and remote home automation control, these seven innovations are worthy of every homeowner's attention.

Floating Solar Home Rock Springs WY

When my wife Kathryn and I decided to build our next home, we had a number of design objectives. Our primary goal was to build a home in Rock Springs that would come as close as practical to net-zero energy performance. Net-zero is the concept that a home produces as much energy as it consumes. The vast majority of existing homes — more than 98 percent — produce no energy or minimal energy for space heating and cooling, water heating and various electricity demands. Creating a net-zero energy home is a major challenge, to say the least, and is particularly difficult for traditional architectural firms and the construction trades.

Foam Home Construction Rock Springs WY

Building with foam provides a number of benefits not present in conventional building in Rock Springs. From a design perspective, there is no other building system that has the flexibility of this system.

Green Building Rock Springs WY

When our company, Meadowlark Builders, purchased a large lot near downtown Ann Arbor, Mich., we saw an opportunity to build two single-family homes that would showcase the enormous benefits of alternative construction methods. As a builder, I’m sometimes amazed by the sheer volume of new building products available today. Many of these new products can result in increased energy savings and more durable homes in Rock Springs.

Green Building Advisor Rock Springs WY

Homebuilders are gradually constructing more environmentally friendly homes around the United States, but deeper-green environmental building is still slow to emerge in Rock Springs.

Green Building Contractor Rock Springs WY

In the near term, lacking national guidelines for green homes, these programs represent an opportunity to look under the hood and see what green builders are doing to prepare for the next phase of the market in Rock Springs.

Green Building Materials Rock Springs WY

There are hundreds of green building-material options available in Rock Springs to homeowners today but how do you choose what to use in your home? The key is that you don't have to do everything.

Green Building Products Rock Springs WY

Top 10 Green Building Products BuildingGreen Inc. ( http://www.buildinggreen.com ), the publisher of Environmental Building News and the GreenSpec product directory recently announced its top 10 new green building products. EBN's editors, using criteria developed over the last 12 years, selected these top products from among the 1,750-plus listings in the directory.

Green Home Builders Rock Springs WY

As we pointed out earlier in this issue, green building is one of the few bright spots in today’s housing industry in Rock Springs. That’s good news for home buyers and builders alike, as it’s an indication of a healthy trend that shows no signs of slowing down. Even better, a growing number of production builders have started to incorporate green and efficient features into their neighborhoods and communities. This is a significant step, as production builders account for as much as 70 percent of new homes being built today, according to one estimate.

Green Home Replacements Rock Springs WY

There are few places where the green movement affects us more personally than in the construction of our homes, in the building materials we choose to literally frame our everyday lives. Greenbuilding products in Rock Springs and materials can lessen our impact on the environment and result in homes that are safer, healthier and more durable.

Green Home Restorations Rock Springs WY

Whether it's a cozy urban bungalow or a rambling Georgian mansion, renovating old houses is one of the best things homeowners can do for the environment. Not only are they preserving the cultural heritage and craftsmanship of a bygone era, they're eliminating the environmental impact of constructing a new house. As preservation architect Carl Elefante of Quinn Evans Architects in Washington, D.C.

Green Home Supplies Rock Springs WY

To dish up a green, energy-efficient home, you have to start with the right ingredients. For Jeffrey Mora, chef to the Los Angeles Lakers and L.A. Kings, that meant eco-friendly building materials such as natural stone, reclaimed woods, and nontoxic paints and stains, as well as solar-control window film, rooftop wind turbines, Energy Star appliances and low-energy fluorescent lighting to help reduce energy costs.

Green Home Upgrades Rock Springs WY

Green design practices and principles in Rock Springs can make your home healthier and more comfortable. But how do you incorporate green design into your home? What should you do, and how should you start? For answers, we turned to four leading interior designers whose niche is primarily green.

Green Homes Rock Springs WY

Linda Lessner describes herself, her husband Michael and their four children as “central Austin folk.” And being that green building has been central to Austin for more than 20 years, it’s little surprise that the Lessner’s home is in all probability the greenest one on their block. In 2004, the Lessners decided they needed a bigger home to accommodate their growing family in Rock Springs.

Green Houses Rock Springs WY

Like wildflowers in the spring, green homes in Rock Springs are popping up all over the country. Here are just a few of the recent or current greenbuilding projects that showcase environmentally friendly building practices. Gulfstream Homes, a Naples, Fla.-based builder of custom and estate homes, incorporates green and energy-efficient features into every home it builds.

Green Log Homes Rock Springs WY

One of the oldest and simplest types of residential construction in Rock Springs, log homes have always been green, since they're produced from what is fundamentally a renewable resource - timber.

Green Rebuilding Plans for Homes Rock Springs WY

To get to the Lower Ninth Ward, you must successfully negotiate a series of obstacles. First, you have to figure out where it is. Second, you must drive east for a long time, keeping the river to your right as you move away from Uptown, through the warehouse district, past the French Quarter and into the Marigny neighborhood, where you might get stuck (as I did) behind a train traveling 2 mph on tracks that cut across the city. If that happens, you’ll have to wait more than 15 minutes for said train to move out of your path in Rock Springs.

Green Related Books Rock Springs WY

As green building grows in popularity, more and more books are addressing the subject, creating a burgeoning subgenre of works within the larger category of homebuilding publications in Rock Springs. Two new green-related books in particular caught our attention, including one by David Johnston, a green building advocate, contributor to Smart HomeOwner and member of this magazine’s editorial advisory board.

Green Remodelers Rock Springs WY

Remodelers are meeting the challenge by offering a wide range of green options in Rock Springs. They’re relying more on local products, for instance, and using paints and stains with low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds). They can upgrade a home’s insulation, improve indoor air quality, and install tankless water heaters or energy-efficient appliances, as well as help reduce heating and cooling bills. And many are continually looking for ways to increase their green offerings.

Green Treated Lumber Rock Springs WY

When I go into my local building supply store in Rock Springs to buy lumber, the first thing I'm asked is whether I want "white wood" or "green-treated." Over the last few years, my home projects have been a deck, a privacy fence for the back yard and low retaining walls in my garden. For these projects, I want the wood to last a long time, so I've bought green-treated lumber.

Home Contractor Rock Springs WY

Look at the homes on your block, in your neighborhood or pretty much anywhere else around the world today, and chances are they all are the same basic shape.

Home Remodeling Contractor Rock Springs WY

There are lots of ways to build a house — or remodel one. For proof, just page through this end-of-the-year issue of Smart HomeOwner, which we’ve dubbed our Great Homes issue in Rock Springs. You’ll see a wide variety of homes in varying sizes, with different layouts and built in different styles, from modernistic to contemporary and regional to rustic.

Hoophouses Rock Springs WY

Hoophouses consist mainly of clear polyethylene film stretched over steel arches. Most hoophouses serve as greenhouses, but ours also serves as workshop, storage shed, exercise room, writing room, wildlife blind and photo studio often with music in the background.

House Contractors Rock Springs WY

Outdoor living space is cheaper to create than indoor space. Also, by annexing the outdoors, you can build a smaller house in Rock Springs. Unfortunately, it's so hard to get into and out of many houses that any effective use of the outdoors is negated. A home's layout should make it easy and inviting for homeowners to go outside, an important design feature for sedentary Americans.

Household Technologies Rock Springs WY

It's often said there's nothing new under the sun. We beg to differ. The Partnership for Advancing Technology in Housing (PATH) recently identified 10 innovative technologies in Rock Springs that are about to make our homes stronger, more durable and more resource-efficient. Some of these technologies, such as combined heat and power (CHP) systems, are discussed earlier in this home energy issue.

Lumber Rock Springs WY

The plastic tags attached to the ends of treated lumber give some important basic information about the treated lumber. The format of these tags varies depending on the manufacturer, but typically you will see: The manufacturer or treater of the lumber. The type of wood preservative used in Rock Springs.

Natural Flooring Rock Springs WY

If you're looking for flooring that's environmentally friendly, reclaimed wood isn't your only choice. Two flooring products, bamboo and cork, not just for their good looks, but for the fact that they are harvested in a sustainable fashion in Rock Springs.

Organic Architect Rock Springs WY

In addition to designing new homes in Rock Springs, Eric Lloyd Wright has been the architect for the restoration of� many of his grandfather’s masterworks. For a home to be considered organic, its various elements must fit together harmoniously, as necessary parts of a whole. Certainly one of the most famous architects to put into practice the principles of organic architecture was Frank Lloyd Wright.

Platinum Green Home Rock Springs WY

As you’ve paged through this Great Homes issue of Smart HomeOwner, you’ve probably seen the word platinum used a lot. No fewer than four of the homes we’ve spotlighted in the preceding pages are certified at the Platinum level — the highest achievable — under the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) green rating system.

Recycled Homes Rock Springs WY

Each year, more than 100 million tons of building-related construction and demolition debris are sent to landfills in the United States, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. That debris accounts for about 40 percent of the solid waste stream in the U.S., the EPA estimates. Over the next couple of decades, 27 percent of existing buildings will be destroyed and replaced. Given those figures, you can get a good idea of how much demolition waste we’ll have to deal with in years ahead.

Shade Trees Rock Springs WY

A site plan showing the best places for windbreaks and shade trees in much of the U.S. We all know that trees improve our lives in Rock Springs. They make our homes look better, clean the air and make outdoor activities more pleasant. Yet not everyone knows that trees also provide financial benefits. Properly located, they can cut a home's annual heating and cooling bill by as much as 25 percent.

Sustainable House Rock Springs WY

Constructed of structural insulated panels (SIPs), the home in Rock Springs is well insulated to cut down on energy use in the winter. It has a five-zone radiant floor heating system fired by natural gas and no mechanical cooling system, due both to the city’s mild climate and the placement of windows and roof overhangs designed to shade the home from the sun in the summer. A 400-square-foot green roof over a section of the home’s second level also helps with cooling.

Sustainable Housing Rock Springs WY

In addition to efficiency, adaptability was high on Wilson's priority list when he conceived the project. He specified that the homes' interiors should be modern but generic enough to allow for personalization.

Universal Design Homes Rock Springs WY

Experts are trying to transcend the common images of unattractive handlebars in a bathroom or the wheelchair-accessible house with an exterior ramp that makes for an inconsistent appearance in a neighborhood. Instead, they are focusing on the aesthetic appeal of universal design, as well as the versatility of products and residential designs.

Water Conservation Rock Springs WY

Water is a resource we often take for granted - until there is a drought. About 80 percent of Earth's surface is covered with water in some form, yet only 1 percent is fresh water that we can easily use. The rest is either saltwater or water frozen in glaciers. For most of us, water is as close as the nearest sink or toilet. It always seems to be there when we turn on the tap. Unfortunately, that's not always the case. Throughout history, there have been cyclical patterns of too much or too little rain.