Awnings provide eco-minded remodeling options for homeowners

January 29, 2008

red awning house pama windowIt?s no secret that homeowners have ?green? on the brain. With energy efficiency rebates and a number of different green products on the market in 2008, homeowners are showing concern for eco-friendly home upgrades.

In fact, according to a 2007 market research survey on U.S. Residential Awning Usage, conducted by Harris Interactive Inc., and commissioned by the Professional Awning Manufacturers Association (PAMA), nine out of ten homeowners are concerned about saving money on energy costs for their home, while three-fourths are concerned about reducing air conditioning costs.

?Money and energy costs were top concerns for homeowners, which goes hand-in-hand when selecting new products for homes,? said Michelle Sahlin, managing director, PAMA. ?However, the study also revealed that Read more

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KITCHEN & BATH: 6 manufacturers of eco-friendly recycled glass tiles!

January 8, 2008

bedrock recycled glass tile

Updated on 9/28/08 with two additional manufacturers!

Recycled glass tiles are gaining in popularity, and let’s just face it — the unique patterns and colors are beautiful.  We’ve taken some time to compile a list of manufacturers to help you quickly source tiles for your kitchen or bath.  Enjoy! 

Aurora Glass

Aurora Glass Architectural Accents include glass tiles and drawer knobs made from 100% recycled glass. Aurora Glass is a program of St. Vincent de Paul of Lane County, Inc. All profits from sale of Aurora glass support homeless and low-income people through emergency services, housing, jobs, training, and other charitable endeavors in Portland, OR.  Products can be purchased directly on the company’s website. 

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Bedrock Industries 

Blazestone® tiles are made by hand from 100% recycled glass, most of which is post-consumer content. They come in all types of shapes an sizes, as well as mosaic pieces. Color varies with the recycled glass materials used, but the company notes that they do not use pigments.  The Bedrock Industries Price List offers pricing details.  Products are shipped in recycled Read more

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LIGHTING: re:modern offers a few eco-friendly lighting solutions

December 22, 2007

jerry kott eco friendly light  was recently contacted by the eco-friendly online retailer re:modern.  We took a look at their homeowner products, and we found a few greener lighting options designed and made by Jerry Kott

These designs are made from recycled glass, and would fit nicely into your remodel project if you are leaning toward a more modern design.  If you are going with a modern look for your remodel, take a look at re:modern.

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