Did you make any New Year's resolutions this year? What did you resolve to do? If you're like many folks, you may have resolved to quit smoking, to exercise more, or to keep in better touch with far-flung family members. Whatever resolutions you made (or even if you didn't make any at all) we have a great suggestion to add to your list: make a commitment to do three things to … [Read more...] about It’s a New Year: Resolve to Reduce Your Impact on Mother Earth
As much as I love to focus on interior spaces and how the design you approve and the materials you select can make a home both green and gorgeous simultaneously, the reality is that energy efficiency is a huge component of sustainable living. With the changing seasons, it’s time to admit that your home is not ready for the cold winter and spend an hour or two on the … [Read more...] about Is your house ready for winter?
A couple of years ago we reported on a water from air unit we used in the Caribbean island of St. Maarten (http://www.green-trust.org/wordpress/2008/06/13/air-water-generators/). This was a compressor based unit, that works like a dehumidifier and extracts the humidity and purifies it for drinking. We recently came across a non compressor unit, which reduces cost, and energy … [Read more...] about Pure Drinking Water from Air
A metal roof with built-in solar panels is the most energy efficient and longest lasting solar roofing solution. A metal roof will usually last in excess of 50 years, and solar PV panels usually last 30+ years with minimal loss of efficiency or or electric power production. The combination of the two creates a one-time green roofing investment that will pay for itself over … [Read more...] about Standing Seam Metal Roof with Solar Panels
Constantly have itchy eyes, nose and throat? Is it hard to concentrate? Experience dizziness or nausea? You might be suffering from Sick Building Syndrome (SBS). The EPA defines SBS as "situations in which building occupants experience acute health and comfort effects that appear linked to time spent in a building, but no specific illness or cause can be identified." The main … [Read more...] about Houseplants: Nature’s Air Purifier