Cost Effective Insulation

Fritz Kreiss, Host of Green Build TV explains what cost effective insulation is being used for this home remodeling. Learn how you can be green when insulating a home.

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Energy Audit and Solar Assessment

Tom Krawczyk, an Energy Star Certificated energy efficiency consultant, walks you through what went into his assessment of the Green Leaf Inn. Building energy efficiency into a new building is a piece of cake… except you better have an energy person verifying certain measures are being done behind walls that will be closed, or you

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Going Local for Sustainable Furniture

That smell that not only stinks up a room after you paint, but is bad for you is the VOCs or Volatile Organic Compounds. Not good for your health or the environment and can be dangerous to people with asthma and other breathing troubles.But, there are solutions available today and more coming. A number of

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Stormwater Management

What goes up must come down. What comes down must go…where? It's not nice to fool Mother Nature, but sometimes you have to. Wisconsin gets a fair amount of rain…enough to cause statewide flooding last year…and in recent years we've added near-record levels of snow, as well. That water is naturally going to head wherever gravity takes it. And it's going to carry whatever is lying around at ground level with it. Water is the ultimate equalizer.

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Solar Photovoltaic

Here comes the sun, here comes the sun, and we say…it's all right. You need to know the angles. That's how you get the most from your solar photovoltaic system. Tom Krawczyk did the solar assessment for the Green Leaf Inn site on June 9, 2008. Part of his report also forms the basis for our page on solar hot water systems. Much of his report discussed the relative advantages of a roof-mounted vs. a pole-mounted system.

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How do you repurpose a building?

The Green Leaf Inn site had a garage that has been the pottery studio for Riverworks. It happens to be right in the middle of the future parking lot area so a new slab was poured, recycling the concrete, installing a CHP or cogeneration system that will make electricity and hot water and adding hydronic

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Holistic Energy Systems

Holistic Energy systems will be featured at the Green Leaf Inn campus of buildings- every piece of equipment needs to be doing double duty to save energy. This short video will give you some of the design basics and ideas. There is no limit to what can be done when we start to think out

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