Design

Tiny Houses, a Festival and the Homeless

Tiny houses or a tiny house community may be coming to your area sooner than you think.… Read more

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You Don’t Need a Tesla Powerwall Battery, Unless…

It doesn’t make sense to invest in a Tesla Powerwall battery for you home unless you have these specific needs.… Read more

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The Future of Batteries In Our Homes

The market for home energy storage in batteries is evolving quickly. These six points from a recent forum lay out the importance and future of energy storage for our homes.… Read more

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Fix the Cold Floor in Your Home (Your Feet and Your Wallet Will Thank You)

If it feels like the floor in your home is sucking the warmth from your body, it probably is. Here’s how and what to do about it…… Read more

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Your Lamp or Space Heater Could be Making Your House Colder

An incandescent bulb in the wrong place or a space heater can make a home uncomfortable for its occupants. Are you making these mistakes?… Read more

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8 Challenges of the Tiny House

Last week, Tiny House Atlanta and Southface hosted a room full of tiny house enthusiasts. Even if you don’t think you want a tiny house, you should give some thought to the idea.… Read more

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9 Reasons Why “Smart Vents” Aren’t Smart

You can now invest in “Smart Vents” for your home. Here are nine reasons why you should not.… Read more

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Does Your City Have a CHaRM? It should.

Atlanta’s CHaRM is making it easier for city residents to deal with household chemicals, paint and other materials that are a challenge to dispose of properly.… Read more

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Will This Record Storm Leave a Lasting Effect?

Hurricane Patricia is now the strongest Pacific Ocean hurricane to make landfall in Mexico. What do Patricia’s record wind speeds mean for our safety and the way we build?… Read more

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An Exclusively Capitalist Reason to Recycle?

Some writers compare environmentalism to a religion. As with most issues, if we look close enough, there’s a lot of middle ground to be shared.… Read more

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After A Disaster: Rebuild or Demolish and Start Over?

Most areas in the U.S. are subject to natural disasters that can damage homes. When the damage is done, should the home be rebuilt or demolished to make way for new construction?… Read more

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Making Your Life Easier: Your Back-to-School Homework

It’s the time of year when children return to school. Big changes in routines can highlight the need for significant changes in our homes and the way we use them.… Read more

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Using Passive Systems In Your Home to Reduce Your Expenses All Day, Every Day

It’s important for homeowners to understand the difference between active and passive systems. One can save you a huge amount of money on the other!… Read more

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Summer Rates: Why One Third of Your Power Bill Costs Twice as Much

RTAblog_2015_0806_ElectricityMeterYour air conditioner may not be the only reason your power bills are higher in the summer. Does your power company have seasonal rates for electricity?… Read more

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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.… Read more

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