Introduction to Composting

Composting is nature's process of recycling decomposed organic materials into a rich soil amendment known as compost. Although composting in various forms has been around for thousands of years, there has been a resurgence of interest in recent years. Environmentalists and organic gardeners have embraced the practice for its ability to reduce environmental impact while boosting crop yields. Anything that was once living will decompose, including yard debris, kitchen scraps, and animal waste. Backyard composting techniques separate these from...

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Stormwater management

  At Green Light Home Builders, LLC, we are proud to do our part in managing stormwater responsibly.  The stormwater best management practices, or BMP's, that we use are critical parts of our approach to sustainable residential construction.  Our site planning process for every major renovation or new house that we build includes a plan to manage stormwater temporarily during the construction process and permanently after the project is completed.   This article features a stormwater management system that we installed for a...

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How to Build a Rain Barrel

How To Build a Rain Barrel Rain barrels help reduce stormwater runoff and can reduce your potable water consumption by providing a free source of water for landscape irrigation purposes. This article describes how to build your own rain barrel through a process that takes only an hour or so, using common materials that you can get for less than $40, and producing a rain barrel that I have found works great.  Here is what you need to build it:
  • A food grade plastic drum or tank.  I usually have no problem...

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Waste Stream Management

A lot of waste is produced in new construction. From the first tree cleared off of a vacant wooded lot to the last plastic drink bottle left by workers at the site. Fortunately, resources for recycling construction waste are increasingly available to builders who are willing to take advantage of them. Trees, limbs, stumps and brush account for a huge portion of the total waste stream when a house is built on a wooded lot. This material which is cleared from the site is all 100% recyclable, and its uses are endless. It can be ground into mulch...

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Product review: Spray Foam Insulation

Among the best products on today’s market for energy-conscious homeowners is spray-foam insulation. Because of its abilities to resist heat loss and prevent airflow, it is an investment that will return its value many times over throughout the life of a home. Open-cell foam is sprayed in place, combining an oil-based component with an adhesive resin to form a semi-rigid, low-density polyurethane foam plastic. In seconds, the foam expands to more than one hundred times its original volume in building cavities to form an air-tight, noise resistant...

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The Benefits of Sealed Crawlspaces

Too many North Carolina residents are familiar with damp and musty crawlspaces. Improperly managed or poorly planned crawlspaces can harbor mold, mildew and allergens immediately adjacent to a home’s living and sleeping spaces. When unchecked, these conditions can fester into a seriously unhealthy situation that is difficult and expensive to fix. For years, it has been thought that ventilating the space under a home with outside air was the answer to controlling moisture problems. However, the humid climate of North Carolina and many other...

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ICF Foundation

The walnut hill project features an insulating concrete form foundation wall. This highly energy efficient wall system offers homeowners an effective insulation value of R-30.  Current...

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