Eco Arbor Designs' snapping deck tiles are made with FSC-certified lumber or certified reclaimed/remnant wood content kiln-dried to 14% moisture, resulting in a dense, durable product that has a 25 year insect and rot resistance rating. Finished without toxic sealers or chemicals, current wood types offerend include Ipe, Cumaru, Curupay, Garapa and Masaranduba.
Trex decking, railing, fencing, and trim products are made from about 50 percent recycled and reclaimed plastic, and 50 percent reclaimed wood, including sawdust and used pallets from woodworking operations, and recycled plastic grocery bags from all over the country. (Trex is actually one of the largest plastic bag recyclers in the US.)
Pioneer Millworks turns salvaged wood into beautiful flooring, siding, and furniture. The wood is salvaged primarily from barns and industrial buildings being demolished, but it occasionally comes from other sources like water tanks, wine vats, shipping crates, and rafts used in the logging industry. They have an incredibly diverse variety of recycled and sustainably harvested wood, including 100% reclaimed Settlers' Plank oak, the colorful Fair Dinkum karri, chestnut, FSC-certified cherry, hard maple, birch, and ash.
Installing a solar water heating system could reduce your water heating bills by 50-80%. The anticipated payback of a solar water heating system is estimated at 3 to 7 years, and could qualify you for a 30% federal tax credit. Velux's solar water heating systems have three systems available depending on the size and type of your house, and the number of people in your household:
The windows in my house are over 50 years old: single paned, leaky, and water condenses on them on cold mornings. It took some courage, but I finally started replacing them, one-by-one. Now that I've successfully replaced four, I wanted to share the steps to this seemingly tough project that is completely doable.
There is nothing more frustrating than gutters that are clogged during the fall and then ice-damaged during the winter. It's bad for your house and a nuisance to repair. RainTube, one of Sustainable Industries top green building products of the year, will not only alleviate these problems, but also assist in a rainwater collection system...
LiveRoof, as seen at this year's West Coast Green, is the first invisible modular green roof system. We're thinking this product would be great for not only homes, but that garden shed you have planned for the backyard. And it's easy to install!
Yet another use for hemp! Hempcrete, a bio-composite building material made by Tradical — containing little more than hemp, lime and water — is carbon negative, completely recyclable and incredibly versatile ...