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The Hidden Workhorses: 5 Green Products You Should be Using in Your Home Remodel

Install LED lighting to take advantage of energy savings and recent improvements in quality and warmth. Photo: BR Electric, 1016

Install LED lighting to take advantage of energy savings and recent improvements in appearance. Photo: BR Electric, 2016

Ready to remodel and interested in sustainability? Of course, you should implement well-known Green building solutions such as using sustainable countertop materials and energy-efficient appliances. But according to Don Knapp, a spokesperson for Build it Green, there are many lesser-known Green materials you can utilize to make your remodeling project more environmentally-friendly. Continue reading “The Hidden Workhorses: 5 Green Products You Should be Using in Your Home Remodel” »

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Green Building: Eight Ways to Make Your Home Improvement Project Environmentally-Friendly

Last fall, we published a long piece about how to make different types of Bay Area homes more energy efficient (download the free e-book here). This month, we’ve distilled the wisdom offered in that post and added a few more Green tips in honor of March, the greenest of months. Enjoy!

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Go green! This month, take steps to make your home remodeling project eco-friendly. Photo: Reilly Designs, 2016

1. Implement a whole-house solution
Richard Hiteshew of A-1 Guaranteed Heating & Air, Inc. says people who want to “Green up” their homes should “reduce before they produce.” Continue reading “Green Building: Eight Ways to Make Your Home Improvement Project Environmentally-Friendly” »

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Industry Overview: Windows 101

Prior to having new windows installed in your home, it’s important to get acquainted with some industry basics. Photo: Five Star Windows (2015)

Prior to having new windows installed in your home, it’s important to get acquainted with some industry basics. Photo: Five Star Windows (2015)

Between details like framing style and glass thickness, picking the right windows isn’t as clear-cut an enterprise as it may seem. So, if you’re thinking about installing new windows in your home, it’s a good idea to get acquainted with some industry basics. The following article offers helpful information about windows and window installation, including key terms, energy efficiency tips and frequently asked questions.

Key Terms

Insulated glass: A combination of two or more glass panes with a sealed space between them. Typically, this space is filled with an inert gas such as argon, which increases the window’s insulating properties. Continue reading “Industry Overview: Windows 101” »

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