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Green Building and RemodelingThis is a page about green building and remodeling. Green building and remodeling may seem out of your price range, but in fact there are ways to incorporate "green" into your project and not break the bank.

 

Making a Green Roof

Making a Green RoofThis is a page about making a green roof. Planting a green roof can help save on heating and cooling expenses.

 

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Installing Radiant Heating Under a Bathroom Floor?I am installing underfloor radiant heating (using water) between the joists under my bathroom. The whole floor will be a shower pan. I need to know if I put the thermostat wire between the pan and the tiles, or between the subfloor and the pan, or...

 

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Energy Efficient House Insulation?What type of whole-house insulation is the most energy efficient for an older home? Our house is a wood-frame, ranch style with a full basement.

 

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Faux Stone Siding Using Plastic Containers?Has anyone used plastic lids or empty lean cuisine containers for faux block or stone siding?

 

Guidelines for Green Building and RemodelingIf you have a building or remodeling project in your future, consider the benefits of going green. It's a common misperception to think that incorporating environmentally friendly measures into your project will cost more, but that isn't usually the case. In fact, even if you're on a tight budget, many elements of sustainable building and remodeling can be incorporated into your project with minimal (sometimes zero) upfront costs.

 

A Primer on PaintAccording to the EPA, our indoor air is up to 3 times more polluted than our outdoor air and paints and finishes are among the biggest contributor. Just about all of us have a shelf in the basement or a cabinet in the garage containing paint cans leftover from past projects.

 

Solar Panels

Getting Started in Solar Electric PowerWhen it comes to solar power, most people are interested in it, but they have no idea how to get started. For those that decide to forge ahead and explore their options, many become intimidated by the all of the confusing terminology or abandon their solar aspirations early fearing a hefty price tag.

 

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