Water heaters 101: How to choose the most efficient model [Infographic]
May 23, 2013, 2:42 p.m. by Matt Hickman
To gas or not to gas? The Home Depot tackles everything you always wanted to know about the different types of energy-saving water heaters (but were afraid to ask).
Gimme shelter: Why storm cellars and basements are a rarity in Oklahoma
May 22, 2013, 8:45 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Why the dearth of private homes with storm shelters and basements in and around tornado-prone Oklahoma City? Blame cruddy soil conditions, high costs and prevailing attitudes about mandated building codes.
Sheds, unsavory odors and steel-framed ranch houses [Weekend link clump]
May 18, 2013, 11:24 a.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: Eliminating geriatric urine stench, highlights from the Shed of the Year Competition and a steel-framed prefab circa 1955 hits the market. Plus, the joys and terrors of owning a Frank Lloyd Wright home.
Nesting materials: 13 useful pad-centric gifts for the class of '13
May 6, 2013, 9:30 a.m. by Matt Hickman
Although he or she might be aching for cold hard cash, give the real estate-fixated college graduate in your life a well-designed, practical gift that will be put to good use in their first post-grad abode.
Titillating passive houses and TV-ready tree escapes [Friday link clump]
May 3, 2013, 7:45 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: Risque Passivehaus-promoting adverts from Belgium, excitement over Animal Planet's 'Treehouse Masters' and why conservatives tend to hate on energy-saving products.
This year's Earth Day leftovers [Friday link clump]
April 26, 2013, 4:18 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Stories that you may have missed this week: IKEA flexes its photovoltaic muscle, builders bid adieu to 'master bedroom' and the greenest office building in all the land opens for business in Seattle.
Meet Robin Wilson, an interior designer with an eye for sustainability
April 23, 2013, 1:12 p.m. by Jeanette Mulvey, BusinessNewsDaily
An eco-friendly interior designer discusses her passion for helping people realize their green home dreams.
'Nostalgia is dumb': Cree launches LED-promoting TV spots
April 22, 2013, 1:53 p.m. by Matt Hickman
Realizing that some folks may need further convincing to ditch incandescents, LED pioneer Cree releases a series of TV spots starring Mr. Authority himself: Deep-voiced crime drama specialist Lance Reddick.
Floating huts, frog horror and DIY does Milan [Friday link clump]
April 12, 2013, 6:02 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This week: An innovative housing concept for flood-ravaged Vietnamese villages, the emergence of the Maker Movement at Milan Design Week and an amphibian home invasion. Plus, remembering Paolo Soleri.
Egg hunts, air conditioning and the energy usage of renters [Friday news clump]
March 29, 2013, 12:32 p.m. by Matt Hickman
This brunch-centric weekend: Why renters consume more energy than homeowners, why Miami is more sustainable than Minneapolis and why The High Line is an awesome place to have an Easter egg hunt.