Spring 2008 Table of Contents

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VOC-free paints and natural paints provide eco-friendly options with comparable performance VOC-free paints and natural paints provide eco-friendly options with comparable performance

Natural and VOC-free paints are gaining ground as Earth-friendly options that deliver comparable performance to conventional coatings. Read more

LEED-certified Folsom + Dore Apartments in San Francisco Combine Affordable Housing with Sustainable Features LEED-certified Folsom + Dore Apartments in San Francisco Combine Affordable Housing with Sustainable Features

If you’ve bought into the belief that building green, and especially to LEED standards, is only affordable at the upper end of the housing price spectrum, take a good look at Folsom + Dore Apartments in San Francisco. The 98-unit rental project on a half-acre brownfield site offers reasonable, long-term lease rates to a mix of low-income residents—including former homeless and disabled folks living far below the city’s stratospheric average income level—with a shining example of how sustainability extends far beyond a building’s shell and component parts. Read more

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are a viable alternative to traditional HVAC Geothermal heating and cooling systems are a viable alternative to traditional HVAC

Geothermal heating and cooling systems are earning their reputations as a viable alternative to traditional HVAC. Read more

K2Urbancorp Offers LEED-Certified Homes in Tallahassee, FL, traditional neighborhood development K2Urbancorp Offers LEED-Certified Homes in Tallahassee, FL, traditional neighborhood development

Mass-media showcases of green building would lead some to believe that sustainability is achieved only in ultra-modern, ultra-high-end, glass-and-steel homes and high rises. But as certification programs continue to proliferate, more and more communities are popping up in traditional styles and sizes that prove that going green doesn’t have to mean stepping outside buyers’ comfort zones. Read more

Make every day Earth Day by taking your green knowledge and practice to the next level. Make every day Earth Day by taking your green knowledge and practice to the next level.

It’s been 38 years since the first Earth Day, and while there’s no doubt it served as a wake-up call, most of us hit the snooze button when we heard the first alarm and are now finally waking up. This includes most of the housing industry. Read more

Boulder, Colorado City Council Debates Home Size

City planners and politicians in Boulder, Colo., are debating whether size and sustainability can live together under the same roof, and if they have their way, homeowners may soon face a limit on just how big their homes can be. Read more

Light Fantastic Light Fantastic

LED (light-emitting diode) lamps are starting to come on strong as a comparably efficient, long-lasting alternative to the current green leader, compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs), but without the mercury and subsequent disposal issues. And while some inherent challenges with color, heat, and consumer awareness have kept LEDs from reaching the residential mainstream, the benefits are promising and are driving intense R&D. Read more

New and Notable New and Notable

The latest green building products, including a hybrid water heater, eco-friendly wood, Energy Star-rated range hoods, an ultra-low-flow toilet, weather barriers, and much more. Read more

Coming Soon: Modec Zero-Emissions Work Truck Coming Soon: Modec Zero-Emissions Work Truck

Don’t let the futuristic exterior fool you: The Modec electric work truck offers the performance pros need in a commercial hauler—just not the same atmosphere-clogging pollution. Read more

Green R&D: Smart City

Regional utility company Xcel Energy chose Boulder, Colo., as its first Smart Grid City. This makes the town a test bed for an innovative energy management pilot program that will help Xcel increase its electrical distribution efficiencies and provide customers unprecedented home-energy management options and real-time data that’ll help them reduce their costs. Read more

McElroy Custom Homes Builds Houses with Tight Envelopes, Healthy Indoor Air McElroy Custom Homes Builds Houses with Tight Envelopes, Healthy Indoor Air

Most builders know by now that as homes have gotten tighter, indoor air quality has declined. Brian McElroy is proving you can have it both ways. Read more

Beazer Homes Commits to Green Building Standards Beazer Homes Commits to Green Building Standards

eSMART Homes program becomes standard nationwide. Read more

Improve Indoor Air Quality With Whole-House Ventilation Improve Indoor Air Quality With Whole-House Ventilation

Whole-house ventilation isn’t just a good idea, it should be a standard feature in your homes. Here’s how it works. Read more

Dishwashers combine energy efficiency, water conservation, and premium cleaning Dishwashers combine energy efficiency, water conservation, and premium cleaning

With a range of options for Energy Star–rated appliances, recycled content, and low-VOC finishes, the kitchen is one of the easiest places to go green. And you can bet it’s the most noticeable. One place to start is with one of the most visible energy hogs in the room: Cycle by cycle, the dishwasher motors away to heat, spray, and drain the water necessary to remove those baked-on, caked-on, stuck-on foods. Read more

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