Category Archives: Green Remodeling

New “Cooler” Roofing Material

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New "Cooler" Roofing Material New Cooler Roofing Material Option (1)-Design Build ProsThe remodeling industry may have just uncovered a game changer . Researchers from the Faculty of Science, University of Technology Sydney have created a roofing material that can stay cooler than the ambient air temperature. This new "cooler roofing material stood the test even at the peak temperatures of the Australian summer. Continue reading

Residential Solar Power Battery

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Residential Solar Power Battery Energy efficient constructionThe need for alternative sources of power continues to grow as the drain on the current electrical grid continues to grow congruently. In recent years, many businesses and home owners have discovered the benefits of using natural resources to harness energy. One such source of natural energy is solar power, or power derived from the sun’s energy. Solar energy has come a long way since its beginning. While solar panels are still widely being used and are very effective, they have their drawbacks in that energy is not captured on cloudy or rainy days. It is only when the sun is shining that the panels are able to absorb the sun’s energy. One company has attempted to solve this problem. Tesla Motors, the maker of the luxury electric sedans, is beginning its own research into an alternative way to capture the renewable energy of the sun. Continue reading

Structural Insulated Panel Wall System

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Structural Insulated Panel Wall System Structural Insulated Panel - Design Build ProsStructural insulated panels or SIPs are used in building commercial and residential construction. SIPs consist of panels that encase insulating foam, pretty much like a sandwich. SIPs have become extremely popular in last few years because they can be made to fit into any building design. SIPs are definitely for people who are environment friendly. Continue reading

Low E Insulated Glass for Windows

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Low E Insulated Glass for Windows Low-E glass for energy efficient windows - Design Build ProsGlasses are the most preferred materials for windows. Many even go for French windows, which are made of full-length glass. Since glass facilitates good light from the outside, it is the favorite of many. However, at times, the light which comes in through the glass windows can become overwhelming, to the extent that you need heavy curtains to keep your space cooler. Especially during summers when the heat is too much, huge glasses add on to the discomfort. That’s the reason people employ insulated glasses to check the amount of heat that is being absorbed and the light that is coming in. Continue reading

How to Plant and Create a Bamboo Fence

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http://www.dreamstime.com/stock-photography-bamboo-fence-surrounded-ivy-covered-many-species-agency-beautiful-natural-lined-green-hills-image40934162How to Plant and Create a Bamboo Fence There is no dearth of landscaping plants that can also be used as living fences. Bamboo is one of them. While bamboo fencing is a good option to ensure privacy by creating a bamboo fence, it is equally important to keep a check on its growth as bamboo can grow at an alarming pace. Continue reading

Formaldehyde in Flooring and Cabinets

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Formaldehyde in Flooring and Cabinets Formaldehyde free cabinets for kitchen remodeling - Design Build ProsWe all have desks, bookshelves, kitchen cabinets and flooring in our homes but do you really know what your furniture and flooring contains? Many people, probably just like yourself, think that your home is completely safe but your furniture and flooring contains a toxic chemical, known as formaldehyde that can be very dangerous to your health. Formaldehyde is a high volume chemical that is used as the adhesive resin to hold composite woods, including particleboard, plywood and fiberboard together. It can also be used as a common disinfectant, but is most commonly found in the home in your furniture, flooring, cabinets, some fabrics and even makeup. There are some things you should know about formaldehyde to know how safe you are from its effects and whether you should consider green remodeling. Continue reading

Solar Products for Your Home

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house with solar panel designSolar Products for Your Home Just think about it-- the Sun can produce solar energy for at least another five billion years; this energy is free, clean, doesn't pollute the air around us like the fossil fuels do. More importantly, solar energy helps reduce the greenhouse effect. These are reasons to go solar. Continue reading

Green Cabinetry for Your Kitchen Remodel

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Green Cabinetry for Your Kitchen Remodel Green Cabinetry for Your Kitchen Remodel (1)-Design Build ProsGreen remodeling with green kitchen cabinetry is an option most people are choosing as they become aware of the hazards of formaldehyde. Formaldehyde is used as an adhesive to bond boards made from various materials. Green cabinets are available in a variety of styles in various materials, besides bamboo, which at one time was the only green material available for kitchen cabinets. There is a whole range of green cabinets now available with formaldehyde free and low-VOC alternatives. These cabinets are durable and as other stylish as stock cabinets. FSC certified plywood, bamboo plywood and agricultural byproduct agrifier boards are some of the eco-friendly options that you can use to make green kitchen cabinets. Continue reading

Custom Shower Options for a Bathroom Remodel

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Custom Shower Options for a Bathroom Remodel (1)-Design Build ProsThere comes a time when you decide that it is finally time to remodel your bathroom. You can find showers in a variety of different shapes and sizes, and it is possible that you can outfit them with some amazing features such as bench seats, body sprays, rain heads, steam shower, shower niches and so many more luxurious showers options. You have an unlimited number of choices when looking at custom shower options for bathroom remodeling.   Continue reading

Chalkboard Paint for Your New Jersey Home

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Chalkboard Paint for Your New Jersey Home (1)-Design Build ProsChalkboard Paint for Your New Jersey Home Chalkboard paint can be fun and practical. There are many uses for it in your New Jersey home, whether you need it for a kid’s room or you’re looking at redecorating the kitchen. Here are three great ideas for using chalkboard paint for your home. Continue reading