Green Archive

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Think twice before turning your thermostat up as winter encroaches. Lowering the temperature in your house is an effective way to save natural resources, cut your heating bills, lower CO2 emissions, and reduce your carbon footprint. If you are...
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With the cost of solar plummeting, it is more and more tempting to go off-grid. It certainly is more economical than before, and people want to live cheaply and with the planet, maybe as rebels, maybe as environmental stewards....
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  It’s the peak of harvest season, which means lots of vegetable washing, chopping, cooking, freezing and canning. That means lots of food scraps, water usage, stock making, recycling and composting. I am by nature a frugal person trying...
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I was saddened to read about the community gardens along the Arbutus corridor in Vancouver being bulldozed. The article stated that gardens tended by families, some for 20 years, on an unused railroad track right-of-way had to be removed....
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When you hear the phrase ‘alternative housing’, what do you think of? Energy efficient? Solar? Water catchment? Green building and energy saving properties should be mainstream, but what else constitutes ‘alternative’? Out-of-the-box thinkers, rebels, recyclers, frugalistas and those who...
When I read this article about using farmland for large solar arrays, well, I was speechless! I was shocked, angry, appalled, and thought how can anyone be so stupid to use friable land for solar arrays? The only point...
Building green is not new. The back-to-the-land movement of the 1960s and the Earth Day era of the 1970s showed that we could build more energy efficient houses to have a lighter impact on the environment. In more recent...
The first Earth Day was in 1970 as a way to bring awareness to environmental issues. Senator Gaylord Nelson wanted to create mandates to address air and water pollution, habitat loss for wildlife, and resource conservation. Twenty years later,...
With economies shrinking and urban populations dwindling, cities are ripe for change. To rebuild in this era for the benefit of remaining residents and to attract new ones is the only way to go. Because city governments move slowly,...
Many houses don’t have the protection necessary to make them energy-efficient. Instead, they leak energy from every crack, forcing owners to spend more money on fuel while contributing to environmental troubles. Some architects, however, have approached design from a...
Did you ever Google ‘crazy alternative energy sources’? There are a lot of creative, forward-thinking, backward-thinking, out-of-the-box thinking, crazy, rational, inventive, boring, crude and fearless people out there! I spent an afternoon reading their ideas, exploring their websites and...
As green lifestyles increasingly become integrated with mainstream culture, solar panel arrays are becoming a common sight in neighborhoods across the nation. These arrays are more than oddly shaped lawn and roof ornaments, though; they offer distinct advantages to...
When people think of celebrity homes, images of extravagance and excess come to mind. However, many celebrities are hopping on the green-home train to try to live more sustainable lives. Though many of these home renovations require deep pockets, many of...
It’s the time of year to wonder what the next 12 months will bring. What are the trends in cars, fashion and construction? What will be sustainable? Is it really sustainable?! I found some far-out trends in my research!...
Each month here at BuildDirect, I write between eight and twelve blog posts. That’s a lot of reading to put out that much material! Sometimes I do all the research then never write about the topic for a variety...