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7 Ways to Conserve Water in Your Home

The Environmental Protection Agency estimates that the average American family of four using 400 gallons of water each day—which means it's time to investigate ways to reduce your home's water consumption. From the bathroom to the kitchen to the backyard, these seven water-wise systems will help limit your home's footprint.
October 20, 2014
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Essential Tech Products for a Greener Home

Master your interior domain with devices designed to optimize light, temperature, and atmosphere.
September 11, 2014
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Prefab Passive House on San Juan Islands

When two retired teachers decided to build a new home, they knew they wanted an energy-efficient, no-stress Passive House design that would support aging in place. The resulting 1,800-square-foot house is the first Certified Passive House on the San Juan Islands in Washington, and it’s only the fourth in the state. The home, designed by Olympia-based firm The Artisans Group, has a circular floor plan that centers around a prefabricated pod that contains the kitchen and two bathrooms. In order to achieve its Passive status, the residence features an air-sealed exterior shell that provides insulation, efficient windows and doors, and a heat recovery ventilator to keep it warm in the winter. In the summer, careful window placement and shades ensure the space won't overheat.
August 14, 2014
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A Modern, Energy-Efficient Smart Home

The University of California, Davis, and automaker Honda team up on a concept that explores energy efficiency and emerging green technology in a residential context.
July 1, 2014
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European Plants Generate Energy—and Pride—from Waste

With Europe leading the way, waste-to-energy plants are turning an unlikely resource—garbage—into electricity.
April 4, 2014
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Reaction Housing's Affordable Portable Launches at SXSW

Inspired by a coffee cup, the EXO portable housing prototype can make a difference for those in need.
March 10, 2014
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Contest Spotlights Four Innovative Sustainable Building Materials

The first annual Cradle to Cradle Product Innovation Challenge heralds four innovative, sustainable building materials.
November 18, 2013
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7 Green Renovations

Building green can be a challenge to really pull off—not to mention afford—but as the following seven houses from our pages show, the payback is huge.
November 5, 2013
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10 Noteworthy Sustainable Homes

From solar power and recycled materials to thermal energy and rooftop gardens, these 10 homes are both inspiring and functional models for sustainable living.
October 14, 2013
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