What the Phase Out of R-22 Refrigerant Means for Homeowners

The U.S. Federal Government is phasing out the R-22 refrigerant used in many residential air conditioners. What does that mean for home owners?

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Notes from “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes”

Ryan Taylor and Mike Barcik of the Southface Energy Institute are looking forward to presenting, “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes” at the 2015 AIA National Convention.

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Georgia’s HB 255 Outlaws LEED Green Building Standard for State Properties

House Bill (HB) 255 passed through the Georgia General Assembly’s 2015 legislative session. Though HB 255 is probably unknown to most citizens, the precedent it creates deserves our attention.

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Are You Ready for Carpenter Bees?

They’re back! Warm weather brings carpenter bees. Get ready for battle with these simple steps to protect your property…

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Are You Looking for the Safer Choice Label?

The Safer Choice label identifies household cleaning and home products that meet stringent health and environmental safety standards. This is particularly important for children and pets.

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How Will New Water Heater Efficiency Standards Affect Home Owners?

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has increased efficiency standards for tank and tankless water heaters. The new standards take effect on April 16, 2015.

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RTA Acquires Gulfstream G650ER to Expand Service Area

Ryan Taylor Architects LLC, a small Atlanta architecture firm focused on residential projects, is pleased to announce it has acquired a Gulfstream G650ER to expand its service area.

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Big Data is About to Change the Value of Your Home

Even if you’re not planning to sell, big data is about to change the value of your home. The collection and publication of data is going to make a big difference for all of us.

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2015 NGBS is Open for Public Comment!

The 2015 National Green Building Standard is open for public comment. What could possibly be more exciting than commenting on a sustainable building standard?

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When To Open Your Windows + Doors for Fresh Air?

You know how this blog is always going on about only opening the windows when conditions are favorable? You won’t often find more favorable conditions than this beautiful Atlanta afternoon!

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2015 AIA Convention Early-Bird Rates End Wednesday!

If you’re thinking about attending the 2015 American Institute of Architects national convention in Atlanta, you need to sign up now. Early-bird rates end this Wednesday!

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Home Buyers vs. Hackers: Don’t Let Thieves Steal Your Down Payment

Down payments for homes are being stolen. Know someone buying or selling a home? Please be sure to share this with them.

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Counterpoint: Open a Window for Improved Indoor Air Quality?

An article by Healthy Child Healthy World claims you should open a window, especially when it’s cold outside. Is that true? What’s best for your family?

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Bad, Better or Best: 3 Ways to Get Fresh Air in Your Home

There are three primary ways to provide mechanical ventilation to a home. The first is not good. The second is better but not great. The third is the best choice. Do you know your options?

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Counterpoint: Home Energy Efficiency is Making a Difference

In a recent MNN post, Lloyd Alter contends “having more stuff is eating up all the gains from being more efficient”. Is that true?

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