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Cities Take Aim at Developers Who Replace Old Homes With Giant McMansions
Communities Take Advantage Of The Housing Slump To Limit The Size Of Structures On Teardowns
Organic Lawn Care Grows, Fueled by Cancer Fears
As people worry about cancer and pesticides, the organic lawn care business is gaining ground. The industry is expanding, and natural lawns are becoming more popular.
Living Near Power Lines Increases Cancer Risk
Researchers in Tasmania add fuel to debate over the safety of emf electromagnetic fields, as their study found higher levels of cancer among those who had lived close to high-voltage power lines.
Straw Bale and Rammed Earth Homes Catch On
In the past, homeowners struggled to obtain permits and insurance for rammed earth and straw bale homes, but now green building is becoming more widely accepted.
Is Sewer Sludge Safe Deer Repellant?
Sewer sludge long used on farm fields is known to be toxic, but what about all these new deer repellant products homeowners are trying out?
Battered Bottled Water Industry Sees (Some) Green, While Filters Boom
After Intense Scrutiny, Bottlers Are Making Some Changes, But Filter Makers Are Going On The Offensive.
War of the Weeds
As debate heats up over organic lawns vs. chemical pesticide lawncare, supporters point to the benefits of going organic. In Canada, communities can legally restrict lawn chemicals. The fight heats up in America.
LA Politicians Use Lots of Water, Even as They Call for Cutbacks
Leaders Preach, as Drought and Wildfires Ravage the Region
Rethinking the American Dream Home
American homes have a big footprint, and use a huge amount of resources. Green building is a growing trend to use fewer resources, using such materials as adobe, earth, straw bale and so on. Sustainability is rising.
New Urbanism Grows Even as Home Sales Languish
Even though the housing market is depressed, and home sales have languished, new urbanism and intentional communities are on the rise, as people discover better ways of living.
Green Building Going Mainstream
Both the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) and the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) are developing standards for residential homes green building. Green building continues to grow in popularity and importance.
Building Green? Your Neighbors May Block You. Is It Greenfear?
A couple seeking to build a modern eco-home in Marin County, California meets NIMBY resistance from neighbors. They are ultimately successful in their fight, however.
Communities Fight McMansions With New Restrictions
Exasperated with increasingly large Houses, a number of towns are passing zoning laws to penalize McMansions. Large homes use more resources.
Is Your Home Too Big For Its Own Good?
American homes have ballooned in size in recent years, greatly increasing their environmental impact. Smaller homes use fewer resources. Some people are using green building to decrease their impact, but forget about home size.
Which Is More Green, Old or New Homes?
The debate continues over which is greener and uses fewer resources, using existing construction of old homes or building new homes with green building and design. Energy efficiency, sprawl and natural resource use hang in the balance.
House Construction Expected to Drop to Lowest Level in a Decade
With a soft economy and depressed home prices, new housing construction is expected to drop off. The implications for the environment could be substantial, in terms of limiting suburban sprawl and resource use.
Bedbugs Spreading, Spurred By Pesticide Resistance
Bedbugs are becoming more of a problem in the developed world again, in part because of increased international travel, but also because of pesticide resistance growing in the bedbugs.
Is Donald Trump the Next Green Builder?
Donald Trump's Trump on the Ocean development at New York's Jones Beach will boast sustainable, green building features like energy efficiency and Forest Stewardship Council certified woods. But negotiations were tense.
Are Toxic Vapors Seeping Into Your Home?
Potential cancer-causing gas, much of it odorless, is seeping out of Superfund sites and other areas contaminated with hazardous waste. Scientists say it happens at lower concentrations of toxins than previously believed.
Housing Bubble Breeds More Mosquitoes
As swimming pools are left unattended in the wake of a housing bubble and poor home sales, the conditions are ripe for infestations of mosquitoes, which can carry diseases like West Nile Virus.
Will Going Green Help You Beat the Slow Housing Market?
Worried about selling your home in this sluggish climate? Green features may help you get out ahead of the curve.