BuildDirect Blog: Life at Home

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Nan Fischer

Nan Fischer has been living and building green for over 35 years. Nan’s emphasis on the BuildDirect blog is about how to make your dollar stretch further, while also moving toward a more sustainable lifestyle, as well as upcoming and existing technology to help us live in an ecologically-friendly way. Nan also authors posts on the website of her seed business, sweetly seeds.

clean energy wind power turbines
The nature of home energy will change in upcoming decades as sustainability and efficient grids becomes a priority. What are some residential energy options? *** After decades of debate, a climate agreement was reached last month. There is now...
green building sprout
Green building is in demand and gaining in importance for contractors and designers. Here’s selected list of green building trends for 2016. *** Energy efficiency, environmental impact, and occupant health have been main concerns of the construction industry for...
2016 buildings illustration
Here’s a building and home improvement retrospective for building projects in 2015. Have you been inspired for 2016? These are some ideas to run with. *** It’s the end of the year, and time for reflection and anticipation of the...
off white living room wood flooring
Does off-white sound boring as a color trend? It’s not! There are dozens of uses for it in your home. Here are some prime examples of how to use it. *** The 2015 Pantone Color of the Year was...
Embroidery quilt
Window quilts are a low-tech solution to energy efficiency in a high-tech 21st century, cutting your energy bills and save you money. Here’s how to get started. *** I was visiting a friend last week. A large expanse of...
winter window covering drapes
High quality window coverings will keep warm air from transferring to the outdoors through the glass.  Here are ways to balance style and energy efficiency. *** Window coverings, or window treatments, have always been a vital part of room...
cork oak tree
Cork is an incredibly versatile material, including for use as insulation. Here’s how cork insulation is made, and why it’s the ultimate green choice. *** All insulation has some earth friendly properties in the way it stops or reduces...
spray foam insulation
Are plant based spray foam insulations environmentally friendly? You may be surprised by the answer. *** In my quest for an environmentally-friendly building insulation, I came across this short video of my friend and the former publisher of Mother Earth...
home remodel scaffolding
Home remodeling can be the best answer to creating a dream home instead of trying to buy a new house. Here are 17 projects to help you get there. *** I recently wrote about 31 ways to freshen up...
house clouds sun cardboard cut outs
How can you use the sun’s path over the winter to make your home warmer? Take a look and see how you can use passive solar energy to heat your home for free. *** Now that the sun is dropping...
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All insulation is green, but cellulose has more eco-friendly properties than most. Here is a breakdown of the energy efficiency advantages it presents. *** Insulation, by its nature, is eco-friendly. It saves energy by preventing airflow through walls, floors,...