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Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview
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Austin green gems: 2017 Cool House Tour venue preview

The month of June in the city of Austin, Texas, can be blistering hot, as the sometimes-moderate temperatures of spring yield to an often-oppressive summer climate where the thermometer can climb toward or inch beyond the century mark. And it is no coincidence...
Tour a healthy, zero-energy, and zero-water smart home
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Tour a healthy, zero-energy, and zero-water smart home

As a living, breathing laboratory venue for Digitized.House Magazine, our lab home will open its green doors for an exclusive tour on October 15, which will be hosted by our colleagues at Green For A Reason. Located in the village of Driftwood, Texas—just outs...
Nine tips for getting environmentally wise on World Environment Day
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Nine tips for getting environmentally wise on World Environment Day

As a platform for raising worldwide awareness for the protection of the environment, World Environment Day (WED) falls on June 5 this year and is one of the most widely celebrated outreach events sponsored by the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP). As...
Green building blocks: 7 high-performing highlights
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Green building blocks: 7 high-performing highlights

High-performance home building is a carefully orchestrated symphony of site selection, architectural design, component selection, and construction prowess. Having any single element of this quartet out of tune with its fellow housing members can ultimately lea...
Rainwater system purge perfection through a gate valve
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Rainwater system purge perfection through a gate valve

A rainwater harvesting system should be near the top of your checklist when you are contemplating the build or purchase of a high-performance, sustainable, and environmentally-responsible dwelling. Ideally, the collection system, rainwater storage tank, and fi...
12 best books to guide a sustainable home journey
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12 best books to guide a sustainable home journey

For our 12 Days of Sustainable Reads series on Digitized House that recently concluded, we selected a dozen books that were much more than members of a carefully curated list: They came straight off our bookshelf or e-reader, where they have been residing for ...
12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 8
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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 8

The book Water: Yours, Mine and Ours is a treasure of a find we made back in 2013 at The Rainwater Revival, an annual event held in the often drought-stricken and water-challenged expanse of rolling terrain referred to as the Texas Hill Country. For those unfa...
12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 5
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12 Days of Sustainable Reads: Day 5

In the technology-laden world in which we live, our mobile computing devices are enriched with high-definition screens that can display millions of colors, never mind that the human eye can discern but a fraction of them. In sharp contrast, for the heavily-ill...
Exploring rainwater harvesting in the Texas Hill Country
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Exploring rainwater harvesting in the Texas Hill Country

Can rainwater harvesting alone be a viable alternative for whole-house water needs, even in areas where frequent droughts can be an issue? This video from our field-based studio provides valuable insights as you contemplate solutions around your home's wa...