October 13, 2009
Jill’s Paint is an old-fashioned specialty paint store whose merchandise includes a commitment to environmentally-friendly alternatives.
What an incredible green gem of a resource this place is! From paints to stains to recycled plastic buckets and bamboo brushes, Jills Paints has all of their green bases covered. They even offer environmentally friendly adhesives and cleaning solutions.
The staff is incredibly knowledgeable and eager to help, and their hospitality is vast and rare to find in today’s market. Where else can you find this type of green selection while being treated to a glass of wine to celebrate the afternoon?
If you’re looking for a wide selection of green paints, great advice, and top notch customer service, then you have got to give Jill's Paints a try:
3534 Larga Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90039
Within just the last year or two we have seen a large increase in the number of green start-ups as well as new collections from well-established companies that meet the growing demand for green materials.
However, with the increase in attention to green products, there is also a marketing trend to "greenwash" or make products seem more environmentally responsible then they really are so it's more important than ever to thoroughly evaluating a material.
Tiles we’re excited to use at The Go Green Home include:
Crossville- Echo Glass Recycled tile with up to 75% recycled depending on the color. www.crossvilleinc.com
Syzygy- Hand Made clay tiles from New Mexico. www.syzygytile.com
Inertstyle- Icestix 60% recycled glass tiles. They also have recycled porcelain options. www.interstyle.ca
The Five elements- Natural stone stones, durable IPe deck tiles www.thefiveelements.net
When evaluating a green material we look at:
- What’s it made of?
- Is there recycled content? How much?
- Is there anything in here that could offgas?
- Where is the factory it’s coming from?
- Where were the materials sourced?
- What has the factory done to cut down on waste?
- Is it durable? What are customer reviews like?
For more ideas visit www.regreenprogram.org and check out the green product checklist.
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June 23, 2009
Humans are diurnal beings. We live by the light of day, and studies continue to show that exposure to daylight is linked with health and wellbeing. Homes and buildings that are lit with natural light, are not only more favorable to our bodies, but to our energy bills.
Our goal at the Go Green Home was to maximize the full potential daylight since we’re in Southern California, where we average 330 days of sunshine (90%) a year. To do this, we paid particularly close attention to the orientation of the home relative to the path of the sun in its seasonal cycles and designed the home accordingly.
At The Go Green Home, all of the South-facing walls have large glass windows and doors to maximize the daylight that can enter to not only light up the rooms, but also heat up the floors during the winter. On the contrary, in the Summer time, when the sun is higher in the sky, the direct light is blocked by specially designed awnings.
By taking the time to make these extra calculations at the onset, we’re able to save tons of energy and dollars by limiting our reliance on artificial lighting and heating.
And, it feels so good to know that we don’t have to flip a single light switch when it’s light outside.
June 10, 2009
June 2, 2009
By installing High Efficiency (1.28 GPF) and Dual-Flush toilets (.9/1.6 GPF) in The Go Green Home we will significantly reduce the demand for water, ultimately saving thousands of gallons a year!
May 5, 2009
March 30, 2009
DensArmor Plus® High-Performance Interior Panel is a GREENGUARD certified highly mold-resistant interior gypsum wallboard, featuring fiberglass mats on both the front and the back for the best in interior protection from moisture currently available. All of the bathrooms feature DensArmorPlus to prevent any possible moisture problems.
ToughRock gypsum board is a wallboard or ceiling covering material for use in new building construction or renovation work, and the gypsum core is covered on both surfaces by 100% recycled paper.
What sold us on using Georgia-Pacific Gypsum is that GP is a committed member of USGBC and supports sustainable production of gypsum wallboard by using reclaimed gypsum, recycled plant waste, recycled paper, and clean fuels.
March 20, 2009
Automatic settings allow users to shut off lights in unused rooms of the house, preheating the oven, or even to control room temperatures. Our favorite features are the energy monitoring system and the Lifescene customization where we can program "Goodbye" and have all energy-consuming fixtures and systems turned off.
We'll be showing you more pictures of the integration as the become available. In the meantime you can check out http://life-ware.com/ for more information.
March 18, 2009
The Pelican Natursoft Salt Free Softener is the most environmentally conscious water softening/conditioning system available on the market. Pelican Natursoft keeps the healthy minerals in the water so homeowners can enjoy naturally softened water. The system does not require electricity, waste water for the purpose of backwashing, nor does it require the addition of salt.
The problem with traditional salt based softeners is that they waste water and release salt into our limited ground water supply. The state of California has actually prohibited the installation of these types of softerners.
Pelican NaturSoft systems utilize materials that do not leach harmful chemicals back into the ground water supply thus conserving our most precious resource, fresh water. For more information, click here.
March 17, 2009
March 16, 2009
Harvesting rainwater offers many advantages: it conserves municipal and well water; it is free; gravity fed systems conserve energy; it is low in salts and good for plants; and it can reduce flooding and erosion. Rainwater provides an excellent primary, supplementary, or alternative source of water.
The rainwater cistern is historically an underground basin of water, but it can also be an above ground barrel or tank. Cisterns are used to make sure that water is not contaminated nor suffers from evaporation. The rainwater cistern can hold large amounts of water and is completely sealed from contaminants, except those in the water itself. Historically cisterns are put underground because it is one of the safest places to put something that is to be kept under constant temperature. Good materials for cisterns include plastic liners or membrane material in wood frames, ceramic, and fiberglass. Tanks are heavily pigmented to deter algae growth. The two main reasons why people use cisterns are either for the sake of survival in a place where the only potable water is rainwater, or ecological awareness in search of sustainability. A rainwater cistern needs to offer enough capacity to collect enough useable water from a catchment surface.
At the Go Green Home we installed a below-ground 1200 gallon water cistern made of plastic that is approved by the FDA for potable water.
During the 1970s California encouraged water conservation with the California Water Conservation Tax Law. This law provided tax credits up to $3,000 for implementation of rainwater, greywater, or combined storage cisterns or other water conservation devices. However, in 1982 the law was repealed.
February 11, 2009
The Heritage Thermal break system is the thermal strut system which offers better U-values and higher structural strength.
February 4, 2009
We have partnered with Typar on this project. Unsurpassed in water holdout capacity and superior tear strength, Typar has the perfect balance of strength and breathability. The Typar Weather Protection System is made with recycled content and complements indoor air quality with its low-VOC composition and reduces the risk of water intrusion which can lead to mold growth.