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GREEN HOMES

Sustainable - Earth Friendly Strategies for Making Your Home Green

(This is a new section that we will be adding more content to
in the months ahead.)

Videos Generously Provided by Building Green TV.
Note: To view these videos, you will need to have Flash installed on your computer.
If you do not have Flash, please go here to download it for free.

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Eco-Friendly Yards and Landscaping   Eco-Friendly Yards: Landscaping using Water-Wise Plants & Creating Natural Habitats
 
Topics Include:
 
  Lawn Statistics, Water Usage, Creating Habitats, Native Plants.
Curriculum Connections:

 
  Earth Science, Sustainable/Green Living, Water Conservation, Environment, Earth Day, Making a Difference.
More Information:   Episode 11: Landscaping.

  


  

Introduction to Building a Green Home   Introduction to Building a Green Home
 
Topics Include:

 
  Introduction and Goals of Green Building / Ecological Design, Benefits (Environmental, Health, Productivity, Sales), Costs.
Curriculum Connections:
 
 
  Environment, Sustainable / Green Living, Resource Conservation, Architecture, Improving Our Environment, Making a Difference.
More Information:   Episode 1: Breaking Ground


  


  

Foundation with Radiant Heat Tubing   Building a Foundation for a Green Home
 
Topics Include:
 
  Foundations, Straw Bales, Radiant Floor Heating, Non-toxic Floors.
Curriculum Connections:   Environment, Sustainable / Green Living, Architecture.
More Information:   Episode 2: Foundation

  


  

Building with Straw Bales

 
  Building with Straw Bales
 
Topics Include:

 
  Reasons to Build with Straw Bales, Natural Building Materials, Renewable Resources, Green Alternatives for Insulation, Does Not Effect Allergies.
Curriculum Connections:
 

 
  Environment, Sustainable / Green Living, Architecture, Natural Building Materials, Saving Energy, Conserving Resources, Renewable Resources, Improving Our Environment.
More Information:

 
  Video: Exterior Walls: Covering Straw Bales with Natural Plaster.
Episode 4: Straw Bales


  


  

Covering Straw Bales with Natural Plasters
 
Exterior Walls: Covering Straw Bales with Natural Plasters
 
Topics Include:
 
  Reasons to use Natural Plasters, Benefits of Natural Plasters, Protecting Straw Bales from Moisture.
Curriculum Connections:
 
  Environment, Sustainable / Green Living, Architecture, Natural Building Materials.
More Information:
 
  Video: Building with Straw Bales
Episode 6: Exterior Finishes


  


  

framing-roofing
 
  Framing & Roofing
(Includes Information on Catching Rainwater from the Roof)
 
Topics Include:
 
  Green Framing Considerations, Roofing, Catching Rainwater.
Curriculum Connections:
 
  Environment, Sustainable / Green Living, Architecture, Natural Building Materials.
More Information:
 
  Video: Using Water Wisely: Catching Rainwater & Using Gray Water for Landscaping.
Episode 3: Framing & Roofing


  


  

Rainwater Catchment System

 
  Using Water Wisely: Catching Rainwater & Using Gray Water for Landscaping
 
Topics Include:
 
  Catching Rainwater, Catch Basins, Gray Water Definition, Using Gray Water for Landscaping.
Curriculum Connections:
 
 
  Environment, Sustainable / Green Living, Water Conservation, Using Resources Wisely, Gray Water, Drought Solutions.
More Information:

 
  Video: Framing & Roofing.
Video: Eco-Friendly Yards
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Episode 10: Water, Episode 11: Landscaping


  


  

Installing Tubing for Radiant Floor Heating

 
  Radiant Floor Heating & Blue Jean Insulation !
 
Topics Include:


 
  Radiant Floor Heating: What It Is, How It Works, Benefits.
Blue Jean Insulation: Green Insulation Option, What It Is, Benefits.
Curriculum Connections:

 
  Environment, Sustainable / Green Living, Architecture, Green Insulation Option, Conserving Energy, Energy Efficient Heating, Reusing Manufacturing Wastes.
More Information:
 
  Episode 8: Floors & Closets
Blue Jean Insulation


  


     
 

 
 
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We would like to thank Building Green TV for generously allowing ChildrenofTheEarth.org to use their wonderful videos. 

Building Green TV's mission is to provide homeowners with an understanding of how easy, cost-effective and healthy it is to go green, while also showing that an environmentally conscious lifestyle does NOT mean doing without.

Through this TV series, host and home builder, Kevin Contreras takes viewers through his journey of building his sustainable - green home. The program's interesting, clear and easy-to-follow presentations show  what itís like for an ordinary person to really go green.

The website, www.BuildingGreenTv.com, provides detailed how-to information and connects readers with green building resources. Their site also offers readers a place to share their own green building stories and tips, and to interact directly with Kevin himself and a growing number of self-taught green building fans and experts.

This is the first time I am encouraging users of ChildrenofTheEarth.org  to watch a television program.  I highly recommend Building Green TV. It is an excellent series which teaches very important green building and sustainable living practices. The series is aired on PBS, and you can visit this page to find your local PBS station. If your PBS station does not offer this program - call, write or email your local PBS station saying: ďPlease add Building Green TV to your programming. We need more television programs which help us learn practical and valuable ways to improve the environment."

Jennifer Reinfeld, MS Ed.
Executive Director
Children of the Earth United

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