Category Archives: Green Building Questions

Waterless Company comes to the Rescue- A Waterless Urinal that works and doesn’t cost a fortune

After my last post, which described my experiences with waterless urinals, the totally ridiculously priced replaceable cartridges and then with my rather atrocious interaction with Terry Janssen, the CEO of EcoTech, a company that manufactures a “SUPPOSEDLY” lifetime cartridge that … Continue reading

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Eco Urinal Cartidges for Waterless Urinals – Watch out, they don’t give you what they advertise and what they do give you, doesn’t work

About a year and a half ago, after paying $45 for disposable waterless urinal cartridges that filled up, clogged, smelled horribly, one to many times, I decided to order the Eco Cartridge from EcoTechWater.  I had read about the Cartridges … Continue reading

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Do you recommend solar shingles? Is the technology advanced enough for durability and problem-free installation?We are designing a new house and would like to incorporate solar without the ugly rooftop panels.

Photovoltaic (PV) technology can be integrated into building materials such as roof tiles; the practice is known as Building Integrated Photovoltaics (BIPV). BIPV has traditionally been done as an after-market add-on, so there are a lot of products out there, … Continue reading

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Renovating an old home with hardwoods and trying to get rid of cat odor from previous owner. Is there a natural solution?

We have purchased an older home which was owned by a family with LOTS of cats. The house has all hardwoods and we are trying to restore the floors and get rid of the cat odor. Is there a natural/green … Continue reading

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Does PEX tubing constitute an offgassing problem when applied under existing hardwood flooring?

Additionally, are there any water contamination issues with using PEX tubing for human-consumption water supply? PEX is cross-linked polyethylene, so there is no measurable offgassing from the material. Through one of several processes, links between polyethylene molecules are formed to … Continue reading

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What is the best building design for a house built on clay soil? The stem wall is cracked due to the clay’s expansion and contraction due to the wet and dry seasons. What are house designs or design considerations I should be investigating?

Firstly, I would like to state that I am not an engineer, and that any sensible person would be be an idiot to not got to a licensed engineer to correctly design their home for the window and seismic loads … Continue reading

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Can my home be Re-Finished with UV floor finish? How does it work? Is this a gimmick or is it a real health benefit? Companies such as FlashUV.com claim to have UV finish for my wood floor. Instant cure and low VOC and Odor.

It all depends on what they are promising you.  The idea that the floor can be cured by exposure to UV light is not at all far fetched.  Many chemicals are effected by UV light and crosslinking is a common … Continue reading

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