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}

Straw Bale in Green Building and Construction

Q: Is straw bale considered a green building material for houses? Does it meet the building code standards? Straw is a renewable & natural material that has many useful applications in basketry, crafts and the production of biomass power. However, one of indigenous and prevalent uses of straw is to build and insulate houses. Straw is commonly mistaken for hay and it is important to make a difference between the two. Straw is the byproduct of cereal grains (barley, oats, {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}

Boost Your Home’s Energy Efficiency: DIY Energy Audit Checklist

You do not have to be an energy audit professional to carry out a simple DIY home energy audit. With an attentive and planed assessment you can spot many problems that cause energy losses and make decisions about possible energy efficiency upgrades. During a home energy audit it is important to have a checklist of areas that were inspected as well as problems identified. Once the energy audit is completed, a plan for suggested actions needs to be developed. The {Read More}