Renovations and Remodeling

Resources and Materials-The Stuff our Homes Are Made of v2

– Posted in: Building Materials, Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Inventory, Home Maintenance, Home Performance, Homeowners, Projects, Renovations and Remodeling
Resources and materials for building sustainable homes

Once upon a time, people used the resources and materials around them and that is what there homes were made of. As the world has become a smaller place, materials used to build a house may come from anywhere and everywhere. Resources are a key part of the construction of the home. Home builders and home [...]

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.” [...]

Being Comfortable in Your Home

– Posted in: Community, Consumer Issues, Green Financing, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Performance, Homeowners, Projects, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

Our new home has a HERS Index rating (yay!). We walked through a lot of homes where the sales person proudly exclaimed that the home we were visiting had a HERS rating of 64 (or 59 or whatever). And being a little cheeky, I’d ask “ok, so what does that mean?” Only a handful of [...]

Dreaming Your Home – How to Dream It, Plan It and Pay For It 2

– Posted in: Consumer Issues, Green Financing, Green Homes, Green Living, Homeowners, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

Building or finding your dream home is a goal for many of us. However, it is key to understand not only how to pay for our dream home, yet also how to plan for it. It is possible for you to have your dream home and make it a green home…with a little planning. The [...]

The Tools for My Home – Appliances!

– Posted in: Appliances, Consumer Issues, Green Homes, Green Living, Home Performance, Homeowners, Projects, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

I love my appliances – they help me do so many things in my home – keeping and preparing food; as well as cleaning dishes, clothes and the house. I love it even more when they look great and perform well. Today’s appliances not only do their intended job, they can do it using less [...]

Dreaming Your Home – How to Dream It, Plan It and Pay For It

– Posted in: Consumer Issues, Green Financing, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Homeowners, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

Dreaming Your Home – how to dream it, plan it and pay for it  Building or finding your dream home is a goal for many of us. However, it is key to understand not only how to pay for our dream home, yet also how to plan for it. It is possible for you to [...]

Breathe Well

– Posted in: Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Homeowners, Projects, Renovations and Remodeling, Resilience

Indoor air quality or the indoor environment applies to all of our homes – existing or new – and all of us can take immediate actions to breathe well in our homes. For me, the first steps were my choices of cleaning products. I switched to non-toxic, safer cleaners and even a few homemade ones. [...]

Green Living – Saving Ourselves

– Posted in: Community, Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Green Living, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

What exactly does “green living” entail and how does homeowner and consumer education help? An article on EcoBuildingPulse.com “Americans Have Trouble Being Green”  talks about Americans consider themselves to be environmentally conscious yet what we actually DO about it tells a different story. As the podcast notes were being pulled together, this great little excerpt [...]

Preserving a bit of history – the city’s or your own

– Posted in: Community, Consumer Issues, Green Gab Podcast, Green Homes, Renewable Energy, Renovations and Remodeling

Gabbing about green remodeling in historic homes and general remodeling projects with a green tint with Kate Ewing of Mosby Building Arts. Mosby Building Arts is a custom design/build remodeler here in the St Louis Metro area. Turns out Tony and Kate know each other and Marla and Kate belong to the sorority and worked [...]