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Webinars and other Green Building Information Resources
  In the past, people knew very little about sustainability and green building, however, EnviroCitizen.org has found that through the use of the Internet, the information about the need to protect our environment has spread all over the world in the blink of an eye.
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Reducing Reconstruction Waste
  EnviroCitizen.org has found that home reconstruction and renovation contributes to a huge percentage of our usage of natural resources. This includes materials like glass, wood, bricks, concrete and even in petroleum.
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Green Renovation Checklist
  If you're planning to go green on your next renovation project, EnviroCitizen.org has found that there are ways to make your home and/or office "greener" and more eco-friendly.
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Green Construction and Demolition Debris Recycling
  The 2004 Statewide Waste Characterization Study conducted in California unveiled the startling statistic that 22% of waste in this state is made up of construction and demolition materials.
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How Does Green Building Improve the Environment?
Green building improves the environment in several ways. The atmosphere has been a topic of discussion a lot recently, since the atmosphere is where all of the carbon dioxide goes, which then translates into global warming. The materials are important, since according to the first law of thermodynamics, energy cannot be created or destroyed, but only changes forms.
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Green Renovating: Does It Really Make a Difference?
Does green renovating really make a difference? EnviroCitizen.org's answer to this question is, "Yes". The average, conventional 2,000 square foot home emits about 27,500 pounds of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually. By completing green renovations, you could reduce your carbon dioxide emissions by as much as half!
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The Top 10: 5 Tips for Small Projects and 5 Tips for Big Projects
Deciding which green renovation projects to take on can be daunting. There are so many options available to homeowners who want to make their homes greener. If you're wondering where to start, here are the 5 best small projects and 5 best large projects that you can do to make your home greener.
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Green Renovation: Let's Do the Numbers
If you're renovating your home, adding green features won't actually cost much more than using conventional features, but you'll save money over time. A famous study done in 2003 in California found that going green with renovations costs only about 2% more than conventional renovations, but that over time the average operational savings was 20%.
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The REGREEN Guide to Renovating
If you're planning on renovating your home, EnviroCitizen.org highly recommends the REGREEN guide. The American Society of Interior Designers' Foundation and the United States Green Building Council collaborated to create the REGREEN guide.
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What Does LEED Mean? What Does it Do?
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in order to provide standards for green building and renovations.
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What Does It Take to Become LEED Platinum Certified?
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) created the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program in order to provide standards for green building and renovations.
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Sidwell Friends Middle School: LEED Platinum Certified
The Sidbwell Friends Middle School is the perfect example of how environmental stewardship can and should be integrated into education.
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Signature Center: LEED Platinum Certified
One of the benefits to building green, which EnviroCitizen.org has found many people overlook, is the fact that this building method improves the indoor environment for the people who live or work there.
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Banner Bank Building: LEED Platinum Certified
The Banner Bank Building is an attractive, efficient, commercial office building in Boise, Idaho.
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Armstrong Headquarters: LEED Platinum Certified
Armstrong World Industries, Inc. designs and manufactures floors, ceilings and cabinets. Located in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, Armstrong World Industries, Inc. is housed in a wonderful, green building.
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Joe Serna Jr. California EPA Headquarters: LEED Platinum Certified
It makes perfect sense to EnviroCitizen.org that the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) would have green buildings to work out of. After all, the EPA is the chief authoritative agency for all things green.
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Proximity Hotel: LEED Platinum Certified
If you're headed to Greensboro, North Carolina, EnviroCitizen.org suggests that you book a room at Proximity Hotel. The Earth will thank you for it!
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Ranch House at Del Sur: LEED Platinum Certified
EnviroCitizen.org knows that getting the United States Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification is not easy.
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The Greenest Building Ever Built by Our Government: NASA Ames Research Center
The NASA Ames Research Center in Moffett Field, California has a long history of innovation and their new building embodies this history. The Ames Research Center focuses on information technology research, with a special focus on supercomputing, networking and intelligent systems.
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The Leonardo: Renovating a Building to Become a Green Science Museum
The Leonardo is a unique museum. It focuses on science, technology and art. Their mission is to inspire their visitors to be creative and innovative.
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The New and Improved Green Utah Museum of Natural History
EnviroCitizen.org has found that old buildings are typically inefficient. They cost a huge amount of money to maintain and they do not conserve water or energy. The building that houses the Utah Museum of Natural History is a perfect example.
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Get Schooled: United States Green Building Council Classes
The United States Green Building Council (USGBC) offers dozens of courses that can help you to gain knowledge about their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) program and about green building.
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How to Get Your Building LEED-Certified
EnviroCitizen.org has found many individuals who feel that getting their homes LEED-certified makes a lot of sense. LEED stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design and it's the United States Green Building Council's rating system for buildings that are energy-efficient.
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The Eco-Friendly Home: Size Does Matter
In recent decades, EnviroCitizen.org has noticed that Americans have built bigger homes than ever before. In 1973, the average home was 1,660 square feet. In 2005, the average home was about 2,434 square feet. That's an increase of almost 70% in a little more than thirty years.
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Special Green House Plans to Show Your Builder
A current trend for many future homeowners is to come up with a concept plan to show to their builders so that they can give them a better idea of exactly what they wish to incorporate into their green home. This allows a home to be as unique as the occupants and to also be very sustainable.
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Green Modern House Plans
We have all seen examples of modern homes on the cover of Architecture Weekly and other such publications detailing how a home can be considered a work of art. There are many variations of the modern style. Typically, a modern style home is simple without too much fuss on exterior details.
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Special Green Concept House Plans
A special concept home is pretty much what it sounds like. It is a home that blends many different things together from other styles to create a unique style hybrid. EnviroCitizen.org has found that they are also referred to as dream houses.
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Green Ranch House Plans
The Ranch style house is an all American architectural style for homes. The ranch house is noted for its long, close-to-the-ground profile and minimal use of exterior and interior decoration.
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Green Mediterranean Style House Plans
Mediterranean style homes are increasing in popularity. It may be because it is reminiscent of the sunny Mediterranean coast or because it is a classic style.
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Cape Cod Style Plans
The Cape Cod cottage is a style of house that originated in New England in the 17th century. It is traditionally characterized as a low, broad frame building, generally a story and a half high with a steep, perfectly pitched roof with styling on the ends, a large central chimney and very little ornamentation.
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Green Tiny Home Style Plans
These days, it seems that homes continue to grow larger and larger. In older-style homes, mother-in-law suites were very common additions that seem to no longer contribute to the expansive floor plans of modern homes.
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Craftsman Style Plans
A green home is a healthier, longer-lasting building that is energy-efficient and which conserves natural resources. By choosing less-toxic, sustainably harvested materials and energy-saving approaches, your home can be a healthier place that is cheaper for you in the long term and contributes toward overall sustainability.
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Green Cabin Plans
The "cabin-in-the-woods" concept is becoming quite stylish and eco-friendly when it comes to the latest green designs and models. There are many examples that are a testament to how beautiful "roughing it" can be as well as providing a healthier situation for you and the planet.
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Green Solar Space Plans
Passive solar buildings aim to maintain comfortable temperatures in the home throughout the sun's daily and annual cycles. EnviroCitizen.org has found that this is accomplished while reducing the requirement for active heating and cooling systems.
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Understanding the Green Plan
Green homes are homes that are more efficient in their uses of the Earth's resources as well as their integration of sustainable designs and materials so that the home is a better quality, healthier one.
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Green Energy and the Architectural Plan
Some of the best homes being built today are energy-efficient, sustainable and thoroughly green. From solar-powered dwellings to homes underground, some of these new houses are entirely "off the grid," generating more power than they actually use.
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Are Your Current Home Plans Environmentally Friendly?
In a time where green homes are being built in greater number than ever before, EnviroCitizen.org has found that many consumers wish to live in a green, but don't necessarily want to move or build a new home. Some individuals prefer to evaluate their homes so that we can be as sustainable as possible without going through the process of buying and selling.
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Historic Preservation and Green Plans Go Together
EnviroCitizen.org has found that those who live in an area rich with cultural and historical heritage often go to great lengths to preserve it. The same applies when preserving buildings with a heritage.
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How Award Winning LEED Plans Worked
LEED is the set of guidelines that are nationally approved on what makes a building green and sustainable as set by the US Green Building Council. Many of the projects are a success no matter what level LEED they are because they combine the talents, cooperation and ingenuity of the great minds that helped produce the building.
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New Innovations in Green Home Plans
EnviroCitizen.org has noticed that green homes are constantly evolving to become better and more innovative. Some look like something out of a science fiction movie, whereas others are more of a classy architecture-style and some look like regular homes.
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Green Efficient Space Planning in the Home Tips: Every Floor Counts
Everyone is becoming acquainted with the value of owning a green home. A green home has less of an impact on the Earth and often saves money as well as provides a healthier living environment.
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Learning From Europeans: Green Home Plans
In Europe, EnviroCitizen.org has found that the Europeans have made green living a widely-practiced way of life. In their cities, homes are placed near businesses and transit systems.
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LEED's Best Home Designs
The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), provides a slew of standards for environmentally-sustainable construction.
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Green Home Plans
Green homes are becoming the new standard for American homes. They are built to use fewer resources, integrate with the outside environment and provide healthier environments for their occupants.
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Brookfield Homes
Owning a green home isn't simply a matter of saving energy and water, reducing waste or reaping the health benefits. Green homes save their owners money over time, proving to be quite the worthy investment.
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VIP Homes
Arizona home builders are beginning to find new innovative ways to build green homes in their desert climate. One of the enterprising home builders is VIP Homes. VIP's trademarks are energy efficiency, quality and the flexibility to make changes.
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CHB Custom Homes
CHB, Capital Home Builders, is one of Americas leading custom green home builders. We are the first custom green home builders in South Georgia. CHB Eco Custom Green Homes has been on the forefront of sustainable building in South Georgia for more than six years.
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Florida Green Homes
Florida is recognized as one of the states that in the forefront of the green housing development. There are green building coalitions as well as government programs in Florida, largely accounting for the accessibility of green homes.
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Pulte Homes
After constructing more than 15,000 green homes, Pulte Homes has built more ENERGY STAR homes than any other builder in the US to date.
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Lennar Homes: A Green Builder
Lennar Corporation, founded in 1954, is headquartered in Miami, Florida and has grown to be one of the major home builders in America. In Sacramento, Lennar Homes is constructing one of the largest green home communities with 1,254 environmentally-friendlier homes.
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Centex Homes
Centex is one of the major home building companies in the country that is turning to making green homes. The company is affiliated with Pulte Homes, which started in Michigan in the 1950s and is keeping up with the times by making homes better than ever before.
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D.R. Horton
One of the signs that times are changing is that major home builders are now starting to make homes that are green and sustainable. The building market is quickly shifting toward green development.
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Shea Homes
Green homes can be a great choice for anyone hoping to live a more eco-friendly, green lifestyle.
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Green Homebuilders, LLC
Green Homebuilders, LLCMore home builders are committing themselves to the cause of green home building. A green home uses less of Earth's resources in energy, water and raw materials.
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The KTGY Group
EnviroCitizen.org has noticed that more home builders are becoming committed to the cause of green home building. A green home uses less of Earth's resources when it comes to energy, water and raw materials. The homes also use healthier materials during construction.
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MBK Homes
More home builders are becoming committed to the cause of green home building from what EnviroCitizen.org has observed. A green home uses less of Earth's resources in energy, water and raw materials. Green homes should use healthier materials as well.
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Water Wise Home Building
When building a new home, EnviroCitizen.org has noticed that many prospective homeowners choose green, sustainable homes. Energy efficiency and sustainable materials are some areas that are highly scrutinized by environmentalists. Water use is another major area that a sustainable home is built to reduce.
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Energy Efficient Home Building
In a green home, EnviroCitizen.org has found that one of the things most carefully though through is energy consumption. A green home will typically have a more efficient use of energy. It may even have a renewable energy source used for the occupants needs such as solar power.
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Guidelines in Green Home Building
When building a green home, it is important to understand how a home can be made sustainable compared to conventional homes. Green homes are always a good way to reduce your overall impact on the Earth.
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Questions to Ask a Green Home Builder
When you are looking into buying or building a green home, it is always wise to look very carefully before choosing your green homebuilder. A green builder can help the buyer to understand exactly what makes their potential home green and what makes their potential investment a wise one.
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Why to Invest in a Green Homebuilder
The general population of consumers is becoming more aware of the availability of green homes and how they are benefitting the Earth. A green home builder is a professional who makes such things possible.
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Finding Green Building Materials
EnviroCitizen.org believes that building a green home is definitely a worthwhile project to undertake. It creates a home that is not only better for conserving resources, but it also creates a better quality home as well as a healthier one. It is no surprise then that so many people want to make sure their homes are green.
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Green Home Building for DIYers
EnviroCitizen.org knows that building a green home is definitely a worthwhile investment. It creates a home that is not only better for conserving resources, but it also creates a better quality home as well as a healthier one for those that live there.
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Green Home Builder Checklist
When choosing a green home builder, it helps if you and your home builder are on the same page when it comes to your goals when building a green home. This article will help you to be able to set and achieve these goals.
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What is LEED for Homes?
In general, EnviroCitizen.org has found that the majority of consumers are becoming more familiar with LEED, which stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. It is the green building rating system used by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC).
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Finding a Green Homebuilder
EnviroCitizen.org applauds anyone who makes the choice to build a green home. It helps to promote social welfare and helps to keep the consumption of our finite supply of resources on this planet under control.
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Green Home Performance Evaluation
If you are wondering how your home measures up to green standards and want to find out if there are ways to make it more energy efficient, you can do a home performance evaluation.
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Green Retrofit Checklist
Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems. In our homes, retrofitting them often means replacing things like our electrical systems or water fixtures.
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Green Homes and Why They're Better to Live In
More people are becoming aware of the option of purchasing green homes and how they are benefitting the Earth. One thing that is often overlooked is why green homes are better for humanity to live in.
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Green Bedroom Renovation
Having a green bedroom doesn't mean having a green colored room. It is much more than a fad or trend as well. It's a lifestyle that's here to stay and better for you and the planet.
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Green VOC-Free Rebuilding Projects
When you are remodeling your home, a good step towards being green is using products that do not emit volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Paints, finishes, vinyl and other products release low-level toxic emissions in the air that last for years.
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Finding and Hiring a Green Contractor
When you make the decision to make your home green, you're making a wise choice. EnviroCitizen.org has found that hiring a green contractor can make this easier.
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Rebuilding a Home Green: A Checklist
Rebuilding a home can be a very rewarding task if you are willing to make it a sustainable one. It is actually easier than you may think and there is flexible on what you can do for any budget. Best of all, it can look awesome and save you money in the future.
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Eco-Friendly Retrofitting
Retrofitting refers to the addition of new technology or features to older systems. In our homes, EnviroCitizen.org has found that retrofitting often includes replacing things like our electrical systems or water fixtures. This is an easy way to make your home a more sustainable place.
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Green Kitchen Renovation
EnviroCitizen.org knows that renovating a kitchen is no small matter. When remodeling, it is important to remember that the kitchen is one of the places in most homes that uses the most energy and resources. This includes the use of everything from your sink the refrigerator.
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Green Bathroom Renovation
EnviroCitizen.org has found that renovating the bathroom can be hard work as well as expensive, but with new green solutions, bathroom renovations are becoming one of the most creative ways to make the bathroom a true work of art inexpensively with conservation in mind.
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Six Myths about Green Building Debunked
Like any new innovation, green building has been subject to myths that halt people from doing what are very positive efforts as well as the way of the future. EnviroCitizen.org has found that there are six myths that are commonly used to discourage green building. We have discussed them as well as why they are false below.
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Green Countertops and Millwork
Countertops are one of the easiest and chic ways to be eco-friendly when undertaking green projects. EnviroCitizen.org has found that there are many materials and possibilities that you can use.
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Programs and Partnerships
In communities everywhere, government agencies, homebuilder associations, professional and environmental groups and other organizations, eco-friendly, green building programs are being developed. EnviroCitizen.org has discovered that partnerships of state government agencies, local governments and other organizations have also been formed to encourage and use sustainable building practices in government and school projects.
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