Green Home & Building

How Energy Management Can Make A Difference

I’m excited to announce the results of a new EDF study that analyzes the potential to reduce energy use and our environmental impact using one of the cheapest inputs in the world: information.  At EDF, we’ve always believed that the… Read More
EcoFlats EPA Freddie Mac

Portland Apartments Go Green In EcoFlats

When you consider Portland, Oregon, as a model of sustainability, one thing that always stands out is its well established biking community. Bike friendly roads dot the city, with several major roadways in particular acting as major commuting arteries for… Read More

Post Katrina Lower 9th Ward Homes Go Green

It was a fateful day, forever etched into the memories of those who live on the American Gulf Coast, and beyond: August 29, 2005. This was the day Hurricane Katrina flooded 80 percent of the City of New Orleans, killing… Read More
Water House

Portland Water House A Green Housing Dream

In a city known for its sustainable development practices and governmental policies, Portland, Oregon’s Water House stands out as a beacon of green home creation. That’s what city government and city commissioner Randy Leonard would have you believe. This pet… Read More
Greensburg Tornado

From Devastation To LEED: A Small Town Story

What’s the greenest small town in America? If you’re thinking it must be somewhere famously eco-obsessed–such as northern California or the Pacific Northwest–think again. Every city building in Greensburg, Kansas, population 900, is LEED certified. What’s more, Greensburg has its… Read More
Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana -SageGlass

Sage On Making Window Glass Smarter

Windows have long been a conundrum in the green building world. On one hand, they allow for natural daylighting and a free source of heat when the sun is shining. On the other hand, they also tend to create drafts… Read More
Google PowerMeter

What Exactly Is Home Energy Management?

American homes are notorious energy wasters, and for a while now, pundits have been predicting massive growth in the home energy management sector. More and more people, it seems, are looking for ways to save energy and money, and more… Read More
Passive House_Salem, Oregon

A Passive Green House Rises In Oregon

The U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is the most widely recognized green building certification in the U.S., followed by the Environmental Protection Agency’s Energy Star rating for new homes. But there’s another major player… Read More

A Guide To Understanding Green Buildings

According to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), buildings currently account for 39 percent of all energy, 12 percent of all water, and 68 percent of all electricity used in the United States, along with 38 percent of all carbon dioxide… Read More
USGBC LEED

What Is LEED? The Guide To Your LEED Questions

A surfeit of green and renewable energy devices such as solar panels, wind turbines, and smart meters enable building owners to increase efficiency and cut energy costs, but such technologies are only, in essence, appendages for buildings. If you’re looking… Read More
Zero Energy Casita

The Zero Energy Casita: A Green Abode Unveiled

We’ve covered a lot of green home new builds, conversions and rebuilds since launching EarthTechling, finding that most of these properties, with certain exceptions, hold true to such lofty goals as being energy efficient and sustainable. One such project getting… Read More