Getting the Best of Pests

Do you want to get the pests in your house to bug off without using harmful chemicals?  As one knowledgeable person said, “There is no good all-purpose repellent.”  However, there are a variety of useful methods for ridding your abode of specific pests.  We present several here, along with suggestions of where to turn for […]

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Green Spotlight on Indoor Air Quality (IAQ)

Cornerstone speaks to Bob Kobet, AIA Q:  What factors contribute to poor IAQ in buildings? A:  There are several factors that can contribute to poor IAQ, and like buildings themselves, the causes are often complex and interrelated.  Generally, I believe the causes can be grouped into two categories—interior and exterior pollutants.  Exterior pollutants such as transportation and […]

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Power to Make a Difference

“Mercury is one of the most toxic substances on earth.  Only 1/70th of a teaspoon falling into a 25-acre lake could contaminate its fish to the point that they are unsafe to eat.”  Clean Air Council You come home after a hard day’s work, flip on the lights, and turn on some music or the news.  […]

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Expanded David L. Lawrence Convention Center Brings the Future to Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is known internationally for its rebirth through clean air and water policies and its more recent brownfield and riverfront redevelopment projects. The millennium may bring the city additional recognition for its latest environmental accomplishment, a GREEN convention center. Last year, an international design competition was held for the new expansion of Pittsburgh’s convention center.  The competition […]

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Construction Junction, What’s your Function?

When there’s work to be done, most people head straight for places like Hechinger’s, Lowe’s, or Busy Beaver to get the building materials they need—often paying top dollar.  Who says you have to go to a retail store to buy building materials?  Construction Junction (CJ), a new store based in Lawrenceville, is a place where […]

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Green Spotlight on Home Remodeling

Cornerstone speaks with design contractor A.J. Stones. Q:  What are the most important factors to be considered when hiring a contractor? A:  Hiring a remodeling contractor is the same as hiring any other professional.  You need to look at background, education, training, how the business is run, who’s in charge, who you’d deal with on a […]

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