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A compilation of green products, ideas, and best practices for residential builders and remodelers.



Gnar House in Squaw Valley, Calif., with charred wood exterior

PROJECT: Gnar House, Squaw Valley, Calif. BUILDER/DESIGNER: Rob Wells/sixteenfifty.com, La Jolla, Calif.; CNC FABRICATOR: Byecraft Cabinet, Sparks, Nev. Photo: Jon Rouse/Rouse Photography

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San Diego designer/builder Rob Wells creates the Gnar (short for gnarly) House that breaks some rules

Exterior, poolside of modern mansion in hills above Los Angeles by Landry Design Group

Los Angeles-based Landry Design Group collaborates with structural and civil engineers on hillside homes to determine if the best seismic reinforcement is concrete caissons sunk into the ground, or a mat-slab foundation in which the home’s weight is evenly distributed across the foundation. Photo: Erhard Pfeiffer

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Resilient design creates homes that can survive natural disasters and stay functional in the aftermath

Product of the Week: Rheem Integrated Heating & Water Heating System

Product of the Week: Rheem Integrated Heating & Water Heating System

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The Rheem Integrated Heating & Water Heating System offers whole-house space heating and domestic hot water from a single source. When combined with Rheem cooling equipment, the system offers complete air and water home comfort.

11 kitchen and bath design trends for 2011

11 kitchen and bath design trends for 2011

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Dark natural finishes, induction cooktops, satin nickel faucets, and LED lighting are among the top design trends for kitchens and bathrooms for 2011, according to a survey of more than 100 designers who are members of the National Kitchen & Bath Association. The survey identified seven kitchen trends and four bathroom trends.

Product of the Week: Breez Ventilation Fan

Product of the Week: Breez Ventilation Fan

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Delta Group, one of the world’s largest providers of switching power supplies and DC brushless fans for the electronics industries, has adapted its ultra-quiet DC brushless motor design for its new collection of Breez Ventilation Fans.

Tips on designing and specifying shower systems
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Understanding the mechanics of shower systems is vital to creating a great user experience, according to kitchen and bath design expert Paul Greenspan. He offers advice on shower system design and specification, including when to use a thermostatic valve in lieu of a pressure balance valve.

Products

ZIP System wall panels from Huber Engineered Woods are now available in longer lengths designed specifically for high-wind regions.

Products

Roxul has added R28 insulation to its existing line of Roxul ComfortBatt thermal insulation products.

News

NAHB's Green Building Standard recently became the first such standard approved by the American National Standards Institute. Why is this notable? It's comprehensive. Minimum requirements must be met in all categories. Homes that only focus on energy efficiency or indoor air quality won't qualify. It's flexible.

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A scientist and an accountant combine their varied skills in a sustainable building company

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