Throughout the year, we’ve showcased a range of innovative green projects, offered insights into green product selection, and highlighted hundreds of new products. As 2010 draws to a close, here are some of our most popular project and product stories along with a few of our personal favorites.
The 2010 EcoHome Design Awards
The 10 winners of our inaugural contest combine beauty, functionality, and efficiency to showcase green building at its best.
Small EarthCraft Cottage Home Lives Large in Georgia Hill Country
The Nest Cottage, the first in a new Georgia enclave, packs a wealth of green building practices, products, and performance into 1,100 square feet.
ANSI-Emerald Remodel Transforms 70-Year-Old Phoenix Home
A green builder profits from urban renewal projects near Phoenix's new public transportation system.
The Lofts at Cherokee Studios Brings Hip, Sustainable Living to Downtown L.A.
On the site of a historic recording studio, modern design and maximum sustainability meld with musician-inspired themes.
Massachusetts Historic Landmark Attains LEED-Silver
Green renovation of a 200-year-old Salem house improves efficiency without sacrificing historical integrity.
12 Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Green Building Product
A green building product better begin as a good product. Here’s what to look for before diving deeper into a product’s green claims.
Product Review: Spray-Foam Insulation
Spray-foam insulation can definitely crank up the performance of your homes—if you make the right choices. Here’s what to look for.
Product Review: Optimizing Windows
Today’s windows boast a range of high-performance coatings, tints, gas fills, suspended films, spacers, and frame material options, with a variation of specs that enable pros to finely tune and optimize window placement and performance depending on a wall elevation’s orientation and exposure to the sun.
Product Review: Cabinetry
When selecting cabinetry for a green-built home, dedicated research is required to break the products down and evaluate the origins of the wood used to make the raw materials, the resins that bind them, the chemical content of the glues used to adhere the parts together, and the VOC levels of finishes.
NAHB Green Building Conference Product Preview
12 green products from the May event, including a green-roofing system, windows, and insulation.
Kitchen and Bath Show Green Product Roundup
10 products that save water, conserve energy, and boost healthy indoor air.
Green Products From the 2010 International Builders' Show
12 eco-friendly options, including solar shingles, zero-VOC paint, and smart-grid appliances.