Before Ray Anderson embraced sustainabiility, “behaving in ways which are responsible to people and the environment were seen as costs for the business rather than a source of profit,” a consulting company executive says. For more Information on Ray Anderson’s life and influence, read more …….
We all want our home exteriors to look attractive and protect us from the elements, so when it’s time for new siding, remember that there are siding options that have less of an impact on the environment than others. Whether you live in a charming bungalow or a cool modern abode, there is an eco-friendly siding option for your home.
Looking at reviews to find the best, energy efficient dishwasher for your home? Good idea! Your home appliances can really add to your energy bills; and your carbon footprint. If you’re in the market for a new dishwasher, look for a model that’s Energy Star certified .
Vinegar may be oh-so-tasty on fish and chips, and a host of other foods, but it has plenty of other uses in your home. The acidic liquid is a powerful cleaner, eating through lime and grime, and killing many viruses and bacteria
A Temple University researcher has developed a cement-like substance that could help with stormwater management while potentially keeping millions of plastic bottles out of landfills.
Naji Khoury, an assistant professor of civil and environmental engineering at Temple, uses a mixture of recyclable plastic bottles and soil to create “Plastisoil,” a trademarked product he describes as an impervious cementing agent. When mixed with course aggregate and heated, it produces what Khoury calls “porous Plastisoil,” which functions like pervious concrete and porous asphalt.
We’ve seen wallpaper that monitors your environment and wallpaper that tells a scientific story , but now there’s even wallpaper that cleans the air! That’s right, Blücher Technologies has come up with a “breathable, glass fiber/polyester nonwoven paper-like covering” with absorbents that capture icky toxins like PCB, PCP, pesticides, and radon. The air purifying wallpaper is a smart way to get around sick building syndrome; if you’re doing a retrofit of a space that was built in an era where no-VOC’s didn’t mean diddly to anyone. Read the rest of High-Tech Wallpaper Cleans the Air!
I receive about 50 inquires a month and the first thing most people want to know is: What does it costs to build a custom home?
Lot costs are typically 30% to 35% of your total budget for a home.
We find construction costs of $180 per sqft + or – 10%, plus a fixed cost of about $30k for site development costs. (Utilities, Driveway, Fencing, Landscaping, etc.) If you want a modern home with flat roofs and steel, you are looking $220 per sqft + or – 10%.
Architectural Fees / Engineering Fees typically are 7% of construction costs, + or – depending on the amount of detail you want designed.
Time to draw plans are 3 to 6 months. Time to permit is about 60 days. Time to construct a home depends on the size of the home, but typically we can do about $70K to $120k of work per month on a home; with a minimum of 6 months to construct a home.
In today’s market we are finding that in doing large renovations/additions to homes are saving 10% to 20% versus a new home.
Typically we see costs for new added space at $200 per sqft. Redoing existing space is about $120 per sqft.
Architectural Fees / Engineering Fees typically are 6% of construction costs, + or – depending on the amount of detail you want designed.
Time to draw plans are 1 to 3 months. Time to permit is about 30 days. Time to construct a home depends on the size of the home, but typically we can do about $60K to $100k of work per month on a home; with a minimum of 3 months to construct a home.