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Sustainability and Green Building with Eric Tilden of NAHB

– Posted in: Building Sciences, Green Gab Podcast, Sustainable Green Practices
Green Building

  Eric Tilden joins us to gab about Sustainability and Green Building at NAHB - National Association of Homebuilders located in Washington D.C. NAHB is a trade association of home builders and others in the home builder industry representing nearly 140,000 members across the United States. Home Builders Associations (HBAs) and Building Industry Associations (BIAs) are [...]

Creating a Better, More Energy Responsible, & Sustainable America – Suzanne Shelton

– Posted in: Blog, Energy Efficiency Basics, Green Gab Podcast, Rate of Climate Change, Sustainable Green Practices

This time around we gabbed with Suzanne Shelton of the Shelton Group. The Shelton Group is one of, if not the leading marketing agency exclusively dedicated to energy and environmental arena, or sustainability arena. Suzanne started the company 25 years ago when she was 23 years old completely by accident. About 11 years in, she [...]

Green Homes Festival and Green Jean Ponzi

– Posted in: Blog, Events, Green Gab Podcast

Gabbing with Green Jean Ponzi of Missouri Botanical Garden’s EarthWays Center. EarthWays is the sustainability division of the Garden, which is well respected around the country for their sustainability and even helps other gardens with sustainability. Jean has long been a pillar of the green and sustainability movement in the St. Louis area through her [...]

Sustainable Solutions For Water and Landscape On Your Home Site

– Posted in: Green Gab Podcast, Lot and Site, Sustainable Water and Landscaping Solutions

Water is liquid gold Water is wonderful stuff and required for life, yet it can also be a huge source of damage and hassle.  Water is powerful stuff – not just in chemical make-up but in its force. In the war between water and rock, water always wins; the Grand Canyon was created through erosion. [...]

The Sustainable Side of Vinyl Siding

– Posted in: Building Materials, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Sustainable Green Practices, Sustainable Vinyl Siding

The National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) is currently more focused than ever the green building movement. This is very important in the resources materials we build with and the standard s and codes we regulated building with. Matt Dobson of the Vinyl Siding Institute joins the Green Gab today. Matt is a past chair [...]

Photographer May Be Key In Illustrating Rate of Climate Change

– Posted in: Community, Consumer Issues, Rate of Climate Change, Sustainable Green Practices

This week I stumbled on a video that was jaw dropping. It was a video about a glacier calving a section about the size of lower Manhattan. Whoa! The video is an excerpt from a documentary called Chasing Ice.  Could a photographer be key in illustrating rate of climate Change? “In the spring of 2005, [...]

Helping Builders Build Green

– Posted in: Consumer Issues, Dream Green Home, Green Financing, Green Gab Podcast, Homeowners

Gabbing with Michelle Foster of Home Innovation Research Labs, a wholly owned subsidiary of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB). Michelle is the VP of Innovation Services and does a lot of talking with people around the country about building a green home, green building standards and the financial community. As the only child [...]

High Performance Homes at No More Cost

– Posted in: Building Sciences, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Home Performance, Renovations and Remodeling

The goal of the Proud Green Home and Proud Green Building sites is to educate the entire marketplace – homeowners and building professionals in both the home and commercial building industry. The vision is to “inspire people to adopt these principles and convey logic of supporting high performance homes and buildings and benefits of doing so.” [...]

2017 New Year Happenings

– Posted in: Building Sciences, Community, Consumer Issues, Dream Green Home, Education, Events, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Performance, Homeowners, Projects

OMG! The fulfillment of a life goal is here and it is thrilling. My book Living Green Effortlessly – Simple Choices for a Better Home is available now and officially launches next week at the Builders Show. While writing and publishing a book is a life dream come true, it definitely had its ups and [...]