Low-VOC Vs. Eco-Friendly Wall Paints and Coatings

Most conventional paint products and coatings emit dangerous VOCs that are used to enhance product performance and shelf life. Bowing to consumer pressure, the industry has made a significant shift to water-based paints that are lower in VOCs than solvent-based paints. Today, many low-toxicity, and low-VOC paint alternatives are available. What are low-VOC paints? These paints are now generally accepted to mean a paint with a VOC content less than 100 mg/L. While a variety of low-VOC and zero-VOC paints {Read More}

LIHTC: Its Past and Current Main Attributes

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit program (LIHTC or Lie-Tech) was created in 1986 by the Tax Reform Act of 1986 and signed into law by President Ronald Reagan. It has soon ripened into the federal government’s largest program for the development and restoration of affordable housing. The program invests over $6 billion dollars each year to produce 150,000 rental residential units and 100,000 jobs. So far, the program has enabled the rehabilitation of 2.5 million housing units. Between 1987 and {Read More}

Ecological Footprint Model: Assessing The Advantages and Disadvantages

Ecological footprint is an index of environmental sustainability and learning framework used to calculate human consumption and its impact on the environment. The framework makes the sustainability concept more understandable, providing policy-makers with a sound standard for evaluating policies and projects. The ecological footprint model is also a practical tool that helps individuals estimate resource consumption and waste generation parameters of a certain population relevant to the corresponding useful land and water area. The concept of ecological footprint was first {Read More}

A19 LED Bulb, Reviewed

This is a guest post by Richard T. Berry LED bulbs are expensive, and many still don’t deliver the warm ambient light pleasant to the eye. But things are changing. Recently, Philips has launched a new A19 SlimStyle LED bulb that promises more efficiency with 22.8 years of lifetime. The company claims that the public criticisms of LEDs being more expensive and duller than classic incandescent bulbs simply didn’t take into account advances in LED technology. What we liked about {Read More}

How Sustainable is Your School? Questions to Ask Your Campus Administrator

At many colleges and universities, students have been the leading force behind sustainable water and energy use, waste generation and disposal, ecosystem conservation, sustainable food practices and many other examples of sustainable, ecologically-minded lifestyle. The philosophy of sustainability on campus has been constantly redefined and newly emerging notions are starting to embrace sustainability courses and environmental justice issues. How sustainable is your campus or school? Here are some credible questions you can ask your campus administrators. Some aspects of sustainability {Read More}

Everything Matters – Bamboo Flooring Pros and Cons

Beautiful and bountiful, bamboo has created an upswing in the green flooring market. Advertised as an inexpensive and eco-friendly flooring option, this quick-growing grass is rapidly taking place of the traditional oak floors. The emerging global bamboo market is experiencing rapid growth as well with an expected value reaching $20 billion by 2015. The question is how much of a virtuous bamboo image is authentic and how much is just a campaign by a prosperous industry. That’s why we dig {Read More}

Go Green: How It Works for Homes and Businesses

Written by Sam Marquit Being a commercial contractor allows me to work with a ton of business owners. I always suggest green materials and building practices to allow them to save money but also to reduce their carbon footprint. Did you know that the latest numbers show the green materials marketplace is at $116 billion in 2013? This number is projected to grow up to $254 billion in 2020. As many businesses have been changing their policy towards recycling and {Read More}

Energy Performance of Your Refrigerator and How to Improve It

Regardless of the age or sophistication of your refrigerator, it is how you use it that can meaningfully affect its performance and potential. To interpret the famous quote of Albert Einstein “Genius is 1% talent and 99% percent hard work.”, you can make the best use of your current refrigerator if you learn simple rules and make sure you stick to them. Even better, albeit more challenging, is teaching those rules to your kids. By using your refrigerator sensibly such {Read More}

Cork Flooring Pros and Cons

Cork is increasingly being embraced as an eco-friendly flooring choice for the kitchen and bathroom. If you are considering cork flooring for your home, you are likely to weigh pros and cons of your decision, particularly when cost, durability and environmental sustainability are at stake. The lifestyle priorities are rapidly changing and the indestructible vinyl is, thankfully, not in any more. Fresh information has become available and now the arguments in favor or sustainable lifestyle have climbed up in the {Read More}

Energy Efficient Windows: Many Nuances of Light Reflection

Those making an investment in energy efficient windows should carefully consider the possibilities and limitations of their decision. New windows are expensive, but offer long term and noteworthy impacts such as increased comfort and money savings. Today, a prospective buyer has several issues to consider besides the aesthetic ambient. Scientific advancements and improved rating systems demand that we pay most attention to performance-based factors. Here are some ideas and concepts to be aware of as we try to create the {Read More}