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Cabbage Insect Pest Management: Recent lessons from field studies

​Cabbages are popular among open field and high tunnel crop producers during fall. While insect pests in open field are... more

Save the Date: Farm and Home Rainwater Harvesting Workshop

By Robert Spencer​, Urban Regional Extension Specialist … Alabama Cooperative Extension System’s Urban Affairs and... more

NTFPs Please!

​Non-Timber Forest Products Fall Webinar Series … This series will be a great... more

Growing Organically Workshop - July 10th

Alabama Fruit & Vegetable Growers AssociationIPM Communicator: Miscellaneous … Home and Garden: Home PestsHome... more

Extension Joins Operation Green Team for Earth Day 2014 Celebration

​ Alabama Extension's Urban Affairs and New … Nontraditional Programs Unit is partnering with... more

Kudzu Bugs No Match for Old Man Winter’s Persistence

by James Langcuster on 3/11/2014 9:22 AM … If Old Man Winter deserves credit... more

Fire Ant Control Products For Home Vegetable Production

Fire ants can be controlled in home vegetable gardens. This publication should help you find fire ant control products that... more

Extension Offering Conservation Education Workshop for Middle and High School Educators July 22-23 in Millbrook

Extension is partnering with Alabama Wildlife Federation and several other agencies to conduct an educational conservation workshop for educators throughout... more

Top 4 Reasons to Shop at a Farmers Market

The Alabama Farmer’s Market program provides a way for farmers to provide locally grown produce, baked goods, flowers, and other... more

Prepare Technology Before Hurricane Comes Knocking

Before hurricane season begins is the time to make sure your house or business is ready to weather any storm.... more


Building Green: What Does it Mean?

Building a House

Those planning to build or buy an office building or home are faced with new terminology—green building. As builders and contractors address the desire of their customers to protect the environment, green building is increasingly becoming a feature of construction practices.

Building with green guidelines has environmental and financial benefits. These guidelines produce structures that consume less energy, less water, and fewer, less wasteful construction materials, promoting the efficient use of resources and providing lower operating costs. Some certification program guidelines also focus on the human health aspects of buildings, improving indoor air quality by using fewer toxic compounds during the construction process.

While green building construction costs may be somewhat higher than those of traditional methods, they are offset by lower operation and maintenance costs over the life of the building and by the high demand for green buildings. The U.S. Green Building Council estimates that buildings constructed using the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) system have an 8 to 9 percent reduction in operating costs, a 7.5 percent increase in value, a 3.5 percent increase in occupancy, and a 3 percent increase in rent. more...