Archive for the ‘Going Green’ Category

Portland Startup Builds Foam Packing Homes

Posted: August 19th, 2015 by Brad

With a goal of relocating manufacturing to the U.S. by early 2016, a Portland-based veteran of the construction industry is pioneering the repurposing of old packing foam, fashioning them into Lego-like blocks for residential and commercial buildings. For every average sized residence constructed with the blocks, called BLU BLOC, an estimated 2,500 pounds of polystyrene [...]

Home Energy Audit = Affordable Comfort

Posted: September 16th, 2014 by Brad

Most homes built prior to 1980 had very little insulation. In Seattle, about two thirds of the city’s housing stock was built prior to World War I. Such homes could likely be more comfortable and affordable to keep warm, especially during the cooler, wetter winter months. Building science offers effective, proven ways to upgrade both [...]

Posted In: Blog, Going Green, Investment

5 Water Conservation Tips

Posted: August 13th, 2014 by Brad

Especially important in summer, water conservation is advantageous year round. The following are simple actions you can take to use water more wisely: TURN OFF THE TAP – Just by turning off the tap while you brush your teeth in the morning and before bedtime, you can save up to 8 gallons of water. That [...]

Posted In: Blog, Going Green

Study Examines Popularity of Green Homes

Posted: May 15th, 2014 by Brad

Green homes command higher prices, deliver high levels of satisfaction to buyers, and are generating more revenue for builders, according to recent studies commissioned by the National Association of Home Builders. Researchers examined homeowner satisfaction levels and what influenced their decision to “buy green.” In a related study, builders were asked about their green building [...]

Edible Backyards

Posted: March 13th, 2014 by Brad

Subdivisions may conjure up thoughts of strip malls, sprawl and snarled traffic. Now, think edible backyards. Developers around the country are luring buyers with amenities centered on concepts known as “development-supported agriculture,” (DSA), “conservation communities,” or “agriburbia®”. As founders of the latter term are fond of explaining, “Home is where the farm is.” Instead strip [...]

Posted In: Blog, Community, Food, Going Green

Recycle Your Holiday Lights

Posted: December 11th, 2013 by Brad

Light bulbs cannot be recycled in Seattle’s recycling carts – but don’t throw out your burned-out holiday lights – recycle them! Holiday light recycling programs take your old light strands and recycle the copper wire inside them. King County offers a list of nearby locations where you can recycle your holiday lights for free: Magnolia [...]

Posted In: Blog, Going Green

Energy-Saving Tips

Posted: November 15th, 2013 by Brad

Below are some tips to help you save energy during the cool fall and cold winter months. Some of the tips are free and can be used on a daily basis to increase your savings; others are simple and inexpensive actions you can take to ensure maximum savings through the winter. If you haven’t already, [...]

Posted In: Blog, Going Green

Tips to Reduce Your Vacation Carbon Footprint

Posted: July 18th, 2013 by Brad

Think about the trip - Can you combine it with another or get more done on one trip?   Train - For some trips the train may be a good choice for you. Fly nonstop - Nonstop flights are better than connecting flights (for many reasons).   When you get there - Do some research ahead of time to find better [...]

Posted In: Blog, Going Green

Carbon-Neutralizing Seattle by 2050

Posted: June 28th, 2013 by Brad

Seattle City Council voted unanimously on June 17 to adopt Seattle’s Climate Action Plan. The Climate Action Plan is composed of recommended actions to meet Seattle’s goal of becoming carbon neutral by 2050. “In the Energy & Environment Committee, we will begin exploring how to make energy use more visible to consumers and developing the [...]

Consumers Feeling Green

Posted: May 23rd, 2013 by Brad

Consumers believe they are educated on the value of energy-efficient home attributes and most who responded to a recent survey think they already live a green life. They also expressed confidence that green homes have enhanced value. Researchers who conducted a Consumer Green Preferences Survey for Green Builder Media concluded consumers understand the value of [...]

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