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How Tight Should we Seal our Homes?

There has been a bit of controversy as of late as to “how tight is too tight” regarding a building envelope. “A home needs to breathe,” some have said. While the building science community agrees with this thought, they disagree with the notion that we should let the mistakes of our contractors or the failure of our products be the cause of our homes’ breathability.

I’ll take two homes with extra quality and strength…but hold the mud.

Imagine with me for a minute… It’s raining outside. You were hoping for sunshine, but then you remember you live in Seattle and it’s raining. Everything on the jobsite is sopping wet. Mud is everywhere. You wish the subcontractors had cleaned up after themselves, but they were in a rush to get to their next job, so they left a mess. Now, it is a sopping wet mess

Greenfab’s Going to Vegas Baby!

Greenfab is thrilled to announce that we will be showcasing TWO of our homes in Las Vegas for the upcoming NAHB International Builder’s Show from January 22-24, 2013. Every year, for the past 13 years, Professional Builder Magazine has hosted the Show Village, where they collaborate with modular home manufacturers to present three prefab/modular homes…

Installation of a modern, prefab apartment building in San-Francisco

Check out this video clip from the 4 day install of the modern, prefab apartment building our friends at ZETA Communities just built in San Francisco. Great job guys! The four-story, car-free project is targeting a LEED Platinum rating, with green features, including solar hot water heating, recycled materials, and a dedicated City CarShare pod. SoMa…

Transformation

There are BIG CHANGES happening here at Greenfab News and Media!  As 2011 approaches an end, we thought we would share with you some of our past accomplishments and what we have planned for you in 2012. Since 2008, we have been dedicated to sharing with you inspired and practical ways to live a more…

Climate change may mean earlier vacations

From plants to polar bears, we hear a lot about how different species are adapting – or struggling to adapt – to climate change. But what about humans? It turns out we’re also changing our behavior in response to global warming. That’s according to a study from researchers at the University of North Carolina. The…

Building bridges from plastic bottles

We recently wrote about a house in Nigeria made from plastic bottles. It turns out there’s an exciting construction project involving discarded plastic bottles a little closer to home, as well. A town in Maine is building 26-foot bridge out of a plastic polymer derived from milk and laundry detergent bottles, the New York Times…

High gas prices drive people to public transit, study finds

High gas prices may be hard on the pocketbook, but they’re lighter on the planet. That’s according to a recent study from University of Texas researcher Bradley Lane, which found that spikes in fuel prices leads to more people taking public transit. Lane looked at 33 U.S. cities over a seven-year period, from 2002 to…

Efficient ways to warm things up this winter

Full disclosure: I’m writing this post from San Francisco, where today’s weather is downright balmy for early December. But whether you’re also soaking up a warm spell or already in the throes of winter, it’s always a good time to think about ways to heat your home more efficiently. More than half of your home’s energy…

Why should you care about the Farm Bill?

Sustainable food advocates breathed a sigh of relief last week when sweeping cuts to a massive piece of federal food and agriculture legislation sputtered out. But they’re not resting for long. Debate on the next iteration of the Farm Bill will start up in 2012 – and there’s a lot at stake. In addition to…