A Living Roof in Harleston Village

New construction is a rare sight on the historic Charleston peninsula. When the opportunity arises to build on scarce vacant land, there is also the opportunity to incorporate sustainable practices and modern technology to minimize our built environment’s impact on the natural one. In the coastal city of Charleston, perhaps the most important element of the built environment is the … Read more

Lower Heating Costs with a Retrofit

During the few short months that we experience winter weather in the coastal South, many homeowners find themselves in the predicament of balancing indoor comfort with potentially enormous power bills. The causes are many, but with an underlying theme: the house is not sufficiently sealed, and the heating unit is working overtime to replace the warmth that is continuously leaking into the outdoors. While … Read more

Indoor Air Quality of Homes

The air in our homes is often not considered as something that needs to be maintained or corrected in any way, aside from clearing out of the occasional pungent odor or blackened entrée. When taken for granted, the indoor air quality can be worse than even the most polluted urban environments, leading to health conditions known as ‘sick building syndrome.’ Have … Read more

2013 Charleston Eco-Home of the Year

Sustainable and eco-friendly homes are increasing in popularity across the world, and Charleston is certainly no exception. We have seen many properties come onto the market in 2013 with green features, ranging from the great prevalence of tankless water heaters to installations of solar arrays and geothermal systems. While it may normally be difficult to decide which of these impressive … Read more

Promoting Green Building as a Matter of Health

The Northern California Chapter of the USGBC is joining forces with several major companies and institutions to launch the Building Health Challenge, a two-year program with a mission to elevate green building as a public health benefit and accelerate the development of transparency standards in building materials. Among the 27 partners are Adobe, Genentech, Google, Kaiser Permanente, and salesforce.com, marking … Read more