Green@Home: It's in the Materials

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Name: Regina

Location: New York

Profession: architect, AT co-editor

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To kick off July's Green@Home giveaway, we're sharing a few green tactics from our own homes. In case you missed it, check out Janel's Simple Small Steps at AT Chicago. In our family's home, we try to take advantage of the building's bones...

On these hot summer days, it pays to live on the first floor, with all of the hot air in the building pulling right up the stairs. Our apartment, built in the 1870's, has thick brick walls under the plaster. The walls stay cool and keep our apartment cool, too. We use a ceiling fan to get the air moving and have had to succumb to the a/c on only a handful of days.

The fact that the building is so old is in itself a green move. The old details left from the past are not only pretty, they are signs that the life span of the building's materials is a very long one. Surfaces like the floors, plaster walls, and doors have lived through four or five generations and are prepared to keep on going with proper care.

Please send us photos and info on how you live green@home. This is not a contest, just a way to build up an AT inspirational database of sorts on how real folks are living greener at home.

Simple, straightforward ideas are welcome, like how you deal with your recycling bin in a small kitchen, and so are ambitious projects - like your amazing green roof. We hope to have a big archive of ideas to inspire us all by the end of the month.

In exchange for sharing your green@home ideas, Ecover is giving the first 100 of you that we post a thank you gift from their line of green products.

The submission form and all the details are here - hope to hear from you today.

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Regina is an architect who lives with her husband and children in Lawrence, KS. As a LEED Accredited Professional and longtime contributor to Apartment Therapy and The Kitchn, her focus is on healthy, sustainable living through design.

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