Gaining independence

A renovated Pittsburgh-area colonial offers an eco-friendly lifestyle with various green factors


A Heat Recovery Ventilator helps to ventilate air in this home by using the heat in outgoing stale air to warm up the fresh air being brought into the home.

The main level of this self-sufficient, eco-friendly home features radiant heat flooring under the hardwood.

Low to no-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paints, stains and glue create a healthy living environment in this eco-friendly home design.



These homeowners love to spend time in their rain garden where they plant perennials. The rain garden also helps to keep the home green.

Two solar panel systems installed on the roof of this home help to lower the cost for heating water and electricity.

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