Green Homes

The start of a greener life begins in your home

Green homes have grown in popularity over the years because of their efficiency. From energy-efficient homes to water-efficient homes, your green home pays off in the long run, making it the perfect investment for years to come. 

Get serious about greening your home. It offers many benefits and is a goal you should strive to achieve this year. After all, you will end up checking off a ton of your New Year’s resolutions by creating a greener home. That’s because a green home means saving money, cutting down your carbon footprint, and improving your health. If you want to dive deeper into the world of green home renovations, check out GBRI’s ROOTs of a Greener Home e-book. Don’t own a home and still would like to reduce your footprint? Check out our articles on minimalism and tiny homes.

ROOTs

Filled with practical information, suggestions, and basic how-to’s for greening your lifestyle and home, The Roots of a Greener Home will help you take manageable steps towards sustainability. And the small steps you take can accumulate into big changes for the entire world.

The Roots of a Greener Home describes more than 150 projects and practices, like this one that will help you “green” your home, your surroundings, and your lifestyle. The book is divided into four main sections: Home and Garden, Home Improvements, Home Savings, and Home and Lifestyle. Each of these sections is then further divided into categories that address the components of the home from roof to floor and everything in between, including landscaping, lighting, water conservation practices, energy savings, cleaning, health and nutrition, transportation, and home audits that can lower the consumption of natural resources.

Tiny Homes

Within the past six years, Tiny Homes and sustainability have been steadily growing in popularity, due to internet and TV fame. People no longer dream of living in mansions, and instead are enchanted with the allure of small spaces and their low price tags. Coupled with the minimalism and sustainability movements, these tiny home enthusiasts choose to build their own homes and reduce their footprint, as well as declutter their lives to achieve a stronger sense of happiness and freedom. Learn about Tiny Homes, sustainability and its advantages and disadvantages  to determine whether the lifestyle would fit you. Perhaps you’ll end up joining in on the movement.

Tiny Homes — Is it for You?
Getting Started with Minimalism

Minimalism

Minimalism and sustainability has been surging in popularity within the past ten years. It gathers followers and critics alike. This lifestyle trend prioritizes living intentionally and surrounding yourself with things you love. Minimalism is a theory based on valuing experiences rather than things. There are many misconceptions about the movement. Also about how many items you can own. But in reality, it is unique and personalized to every individual. In this article about minimalism and sustainability, you’ll learn about the benefits of minimalism and who can gain the most from it.

Home Articles

1 Lesson

6 Ways to Green Your Home: Irrigation

The countless articles published every day on climate change, the depletion of the ozone layer, water shortages, air and water pollution, and carbon emissions remind us that our environment is suffering. Though it may be tempting to point fingers, we each must accept responsibility for the current problems. So what do we do? How can we ever hope to mitigate, and perhaps even reverse, the crisis? The solution lies in you and me.

  • Flipbook Article
  • .5CE
  • General
1 Lesson

8 Ways to Green Your Home: Backyard & Chemical Management

Join us as we discuss the basic principals of backyard & chemical management.

  • Flipbook Article
  • 1CE
1 Lesson

14 Ways To Green Your Home: Landscaping

Explore ways to conserve soil, water and energy use when landscaping

  • Flipbook Article
  • 1CE
1 Lesson

The Roots of a Greener Home

The Roots of a Greener Home describes more than 150 projects and practices that will help you “green” your home, your surroundings, and your lifestyle.

  • Flipbook Article
1 Lesson

Elements of a Green Home: Materials & Water

This part of the course will discuss how the materials installed in a home will effect the comfort and health of residents as well as the global environment, and will look at how water is used and may be conserved in the home.

  • Audio Visual
  • "2CE Specific"
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 2 LU|HSWs.
1 Lesson

Elements of a Green Home: IEQ and Innovation

This specific course is part two in our three-part series that introduces the LEED for Homes rating system. In this installation, we will look at issues related to indoor environments and at the design innovation involved in residential construction.

  • Audio Visual
  • "2CE Specific"
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 2 LU|HSWs.
1 Lesson

Elements of a Green Home: Sites & Energy

The course explores how to use green technology and systems in home building and renovation. The course also includes lessons learned from building San Antonio's first LEED Platinum town home projects. This installation will discuss the Sustainable Sites and Energy and Atmosphere sections of the rating system.

  • Audio Visual
  • "2CE Specific"
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 2 LU|HSWs.
1 Lesson

LEED v4 Home Essentials: Materials

This course will look at the effects of these changes as well as dive into the credits and requirements that pertain to residential buildings going for LEED certification.

  • Audio Visual
  • "1CE Specific"
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 1 LU|HSW.
1 Lesson

LEED v4 Home Essentials: Water

This course will look at the effects of these changes as well as dive into the credits and requirements that pertain to residential buildings going for LEED certification.

  • Audio Visual
  • "1CE Specific"
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 1 LU|HSW.
1 Lesson

LEED v4 Home Essentials: Energy

The series will guide you through the steps that the project team must complete to earn credit. We’ll also discuss the intent of key credits and the benefits of their fulfillment.

  • Audio Visual
  • "1CE Specific"
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 1 LU|HSW.
1 Lesson

LEED v4 Home Essentials: Innovation in Design

The series will guide you through the steps that the project team must complete to earn credit. We’ll also discuss the intent of key credits and the benefits of their fulfillment.

  • Audio Visual
  • "1CE Specific "
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 1 LU|HSW.
1 Lesson

LEED v4 Home Essentials: Indoor Environmental Quality

The series will guide you through the steps that the project team must complete to earn credit. We’ll also discuss the intent of key credits and the benefits of their fulfillment.

  • Audio Visual
  • "1CE Specific"
  • Homes, LEED Green Associate
  • 1 LU|HSW.
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