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Green construction is a hot new trend in building and construction. Green construction involves using recycled materials and utilizing the concepts of sustainable design. As the concepts gain popularity, using them will become second nature.
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How Straw Bale Houses Work

Remember the story of the little pig who built a straw house, only to have the big, bad wolf huff and puff and blow it down? Nowadays, that pig would have a sturdy, energy-efficient home.

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  • How Skylights Work

    How Skylights Work

    It seems simple enough -- a skylight is a window in your roof. But skylights do more than just light up your room. They can have a profound affect on your mood, too. See more »

  • How Smart Windows Work

    How Smart Windows Work

    With energy bills on the rise, homeowners are looking for new ways to use less power around the house. A cutting-edge window technology called the "smart window" allows consumers to fully or partially block light by turning a knob or pressing a button. See more »

  • How Straw Bale Houses Work

    How Straw Bale Houses Work

    Remember the story of the little pig who built a straw house, only to have the big, bad wolf huff and puff and blow it down? Nowadays, that pig would have a sturdy, energy-efficient home. See more »

  • How the Enertia Building System Works

    How the Enertia Building System Works

    People in the market for new homes usually have their eyes on key features during the search for their perfect potential abodes: location, space, a pretty yard. Others look for the green factor -- something Enertia Building Systems may provide. See more »

  • How to Run Your House Solely on Solar Power

    How to Run Your House Solely on Solar Power

    Planning to run your house completely on solar power requires considerable financial, mental and emotional investments. Are you ready to go off the grid? See more »

  • How Xeritown Will Work

    How Xeritown Will Work

    Xeriscaping uses native plants to make living sustainable in dry climates, but can it be put to use in a whole town? The developers behind Xeritown sure hope so. See more »

  • Is nanotechnology changing the face of the construction industry?

    Is nanotechnology changing the face of the construction industry?

    Roads that reduce pollution. Self-repairing buildings. It may sound like the stuff of science fiction, but nanotechnology is poised to fundamentally change the way we build the world around us. See more »

  • Is zinc the new green standard for building?

    Is zinc the new green standard for building?

    Zinc was all the rage in Europe in the 1800s, and modern American architects and contractors seeking more sustainable resources have rediscovered its value for roofs and walls. See more »

  • Master Builder's Quiz: Organic Architecture

    Master Builder's Quiz: Organic Architecture

    We've all seen the aisles of organic produce that have begun popping up in grocery stores. But how much do you know about organic architecture? Take our quiz to test your knowledge! See more »

  • Super Savers: The True Cost of Green Construction Materials

    Super Savers: The True Cost of Green Construction Materials

    Sure, you'll save energy and money when you go green, but how much do you know about what it costs to make the switch? Test your knowledge and take our Super Savers: The True Cost of Green Construction Materials quiz! See more »

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