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September 2008 | Issue 33 Cover

September 2008 | Issue 33

Editor’s Message

Jim Henson’s famous frog may have been on to something when he crooned about his colourful woes. While it may not be easy, being better to the planet is important, so we’re excited to bring the debut green issue of New Home Living, chock full of stories on sustainable building, environmentally-friendly sources of energy, eco-friendly design alternatives and cleaner living in general.

It begins with builders who build responsibly, from opting for superior products and disposing of construction waste better, to making energy-efficient appliances and options part of the package. We profile show homes by Birchwood and Landmark, every bit as lovely as they are green and catch up with David Bengert, president of the Built Green™ Society of Canada to see how member builders are doing their part. And we see what Lifestyle Homes has on tap to help homebuyers craft their dream home, complete with a choice of innovative features, thanks to two unique new interpretive centres in Drake Landing. And that’s just the beginning.

They say art imitates life. Well, the Three Little Pigs actually hit the nail on the head—it seems straw is, in fact, strong enough to build with, as well as one of the best insulators Mother Nature has to offer. L. Sara Bysterveld catches up with some prairie builders using the natural raw material to craft homes for themselves and others.

What goes in your home is equally paramount to the big picture. In our Finishing and Furnishings department, we share tips for decking out your digs with wares and materials that not only look fabulous, they also leave your conscience in check. Often being eco-aware is about extending the life of what’s right in front of you. Aly Velji shares tips for “re-purposing” under-appreciated items from around the house and making what’s old new again.

You’ll also find a useful Focus On featuring water-saving loos, learn how Calgary’s Home and Interior Design Show is showing its environmental side and tour a community jointly in the works by Avalon Master Builder and Carma Developers in McKenzie Towne using geo-thermal and solar energy options sure to save
homeowners money in the long run.

In This Issue

From the ground up

From the ground up

Kermit the frog once sang that its not easy being green, but he would have…

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Gaining ground

Gaining ground

“It was my first exposure to (green building). In the back of my mind, there…

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Making its mark

Making its mark

Shh. Listen and you will hear the gentle lapping of waves. Take a look around…

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Odds stacked in straw’s favour

Odds stacked in straw’s favour

Straw bales may bring to mind pests, livestock and old country barns, but some prairie…

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