Monthly Archives: January 2011

How is your new year resolution going?

I wanted to share this video I have shared with everyone via email this month, “Welcoming 2011 – I am so ready for a new year!” I moved to Better Homes and Garden Real Estate Executive three months ago in … Continue reading

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Can You Afford To Go Green? The Cost and Savings of Residential Renewable Energy Systems

If your home already has good insulation and efficient windows and doors, alternative energy may be the way to go. Natural Home Magazine has more information. Read more

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Rehabbing or renovating a vacant home using HUD’s 203(k) loan – the single most important green housing tool today

I am working with a buyer who is looking at homes in the under $150k price bracket. Three years ago this would mean a nice tent somewhere. Now you can actually buy big homes on land in this price range … Continue reading

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President Focuses on Solar Energy During State of the Union Speech

President Obama made the development of cleaner energy a central tenet of his State of the Union speech Tuesday night, a theme he also had stressed in his 2010 address to Congress and the nation. This time, after a year … Continue reading

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Top Ten Green Building Trends for 2011

Take a few minutes to read Earth Advantage Institute’s prediction for this year’s building trends. Since 1 in 4 homes built in Seattle or Portland earn Environmental Certification of some kind (there are various programs available), as a new home … Continue reading

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Hot Tip – affordable “green home primer” is Natural Home Magazine (VIDEO)

Natural Home mag has gone thru a redesign and I am impressed. Learn all of the basic green home concepts just by reading the current issue, Jan/Feb 2011. Energy efficiency, water conservation, home heating and cooling, and landscaping all are … Continue reading

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Go see this “mini bungalow that is maxi energy efficient” built by SSCC Georgetown students at Phinney Neighborhood Association

They may have closed the Phinney Ridge Farmers Market, but at least the parking lot of the Phinney Neighborhood Association will still be put to good use. This little home built using PassivHouse design ideals was built by students at … Continue reading

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Pervious Concrete Sidewalks and Construction

In the neighborhood of High Point construction of new homes has begun (finally). In just one week shells for the models have gone up. As I walked thru the site this morning I noticed that a block with pervious concrete … Continue reading

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Bioswales – how they function during a rain storm

In this video I spotlight a functioning bioswale located in the Built Green Certified community of High Point, located in West Seattle, WA. Bioswales are dry features planted with drought-tolerant plants that can survive short periods of flooding. Bioswales are … Continue reading

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