Home Style Green

Inspiring people to make a better place to live
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Dennis Dowling produces finely crafted, passive energy homes in Queenstown. What's a passive energy home? Basically, it's a good quality one. If you're looking to build a healthy, energy efficient home, then you want to find a building company like DCD. Part of my mission here at Home Style Green is to find these builders ... [Read more]

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Beattie Passive is a complete system for high performance homes. I love the concept of 'a house as a system'. I also love the idea of making it simple and easy to get right, and that's exactly what Ron Beattie has done. As explained in their technical information, "The Beattie Passive system achieves superior levels of ... [Read more]

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Many people have concerns about using foam (polystyrene) because of the chemicals used to make the stuff. In fact some of those chemicals are on the Living Building Challenge Red List. So why is foam such a good building material? It's all about R-value. Foam is an incredible thermal insulator. For the price, it's about the ... [Read more]

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Bamboo Technologies, LLC (Bamboo Living) design and manufacture structurally certified bamboo homes. Founded in 1995, Bamboo Technologies has produced over 350 homes in Hawaii and around the world. I spoke with founder David Sands about why bamboo is sustainable and a great building material. The speed at which it grows is a key reason why bamboo is sustainable. ... [Read more]

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Back in 2012 Sam Judd gave his 'top ten eco-friendly gifts' for Christmas. Here's my updated list of eco Christmas gift ideas to make your home (or someone else's) a better place to live. Christmas time is a great time to be around family and to do some projects around the house. My tips for having ... [Read more]

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