The Biggest Green Building Trends for 2016

What will be trending in green building for 2016? Citizen’s General Insurance Brokers put together this excellent infographic with their ideas for a more eco-friendly new year: Their 2016 predictions include: Net Positive Energy Homes Water Reuse and Supply Drought Resistant Yards Health Conscious Building Cool Roofs Nanotechnology Sustainable Flooring Recycled Countertops A Return to Steel Down

5 Simple Ways to Green Your Apartment

If you are a renter in one of the condominium towers built in the City of Miami after 2010, chances are good that you are already living in a “green” building. According to Miami 21, the City of Miami planning code, “All new Buildings of more than 50,000 square feet of Habitable Rooms and Habitable Space

Miami Schools Kick-Off National Green Week 2015

The Green Education Foundation (GEF) is a non-profit organization providing free lesson plans for K through 12 teachers to use in their classrooms during an annual National Green Week Challenge. What is National Green Week? National Green Week is an annual event that empowers schools to engage in sustainability focused lessons, projects or activities between the first full week

April is Water Conservation Month in Florida

According to the Miami-Dade County water conservation website,  “we use approximately 134 gallons of water per capita per day” in our county. In observance of Water Conservation Month, they ask for your pledge to reduce your water usage, and they are ready to help: It’s so simple and beneficial to take easy steps to save

Eco-Friendly Features from Green Building Elements

Guest Post: Turn Your New Real Estate Green for Big Money and Eco-Awareness Benefits (via Green Building Elements) Want to create eco-awareness with your new piece of real estate? Eco-friendly hardware and pieces are going to be your best option. Apart from creating awareness, green installations would also increase the value of the location, luring

Top Five Autumn “Green” Tips For South Florida

Happy Mabon! While it may not feel like it to those of us in South Florida, today is the Autumnal Equinox – the first day of fall. Media sources are full of energy-saving tips for those in the north to “winterize” their homes; but what about the Sunshine State? Are there any seasonal “green” recommendations

The Energy Savings of Low Hanging Fruit

Check out this interesting “infographic” from WellHome home energy auditors. A home energy auditor will evaluate your home to determine how much energy it uses and make recommendations to improve efficiency. Some companies, like Well home, will also perform the energy-efficient installations you choose and provide an energy savings guarantee. WellPoint does not have an

April is National Water Conservation Month

April is National Water Conservation month. This is particularly important in South Florida where we are experiencing the driest “dry season” in 80 years. What can we do to observe Water Conservation Month and to conserve water all year long? First and most important, follow the emergency Water Shortage Order effective March 26th: “A two-day-a-week

The Green Giant – Can a 10,000 Square Foot Home Be “Green”?

There is a green controversy brewing in Berkeley, California. Mitch Kapor, founder of Lotus Development Corp and an international philanthropist, wants  to build a 10,000-square-foot house complete with a 10-car garage. Under Berkeley’s current green point system the house would qualify for Berkeley’s “green” designation despite its size, and that has neighbors and local environmentalists upset.