Green Resources

Green design is a science, not an art. Some principles apply across the board, but many measures will depend on your home’s age, construction techniques used, building codes, local climate (temperature and humidity) and the land on which your home sits. If you’re going to get serious about green, you’ll want to do a lot of research and eventually some testing. To help you along, we’ve provided this list of recommended resources.

American Lung Association Health House

Since 1993, this program has educated homeowners about indoor air quality and its impact on health, particularly asthma and allergies. The website provides an indoor air quality checklist, tip sheets on issues ranging from lead to radon, home maintenance guides and other information about creating a healthy home.

Earth Advantage

Begun as a utility-based energy-saving program, Earth Advantage now also addresses sustainability and home performance for Oregon and Washington states. The site includes an interactive quiz to see how green your home is, information on mortgages that reward green homeowners, and a design resource center that provides green recommendations, how-to info and products for each room of your new or existing home.

EarthCraft House

Looking to build or remodel a home in the Southeast? Born in Atlanta for new single-family homes, the EarthCraft House green building program has spread to multifamily existing homes, and throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. EarthCraft offers education, training and guidelines for builders, but homeowners can benefit from the knowledge, as well as a list of EarthCraft House builders, remodelers and communities.

Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor

Based on the information you plug into it — age of home, location and type of project — this interactive tool recommends specific energy-efficient, healthy, durable and sustainable improvements, such as adding insulation or using low-flow faucets. Information on costs and savings is included. The tool is based on information from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recommendations are based on averages and computer models, but it’s a good starting point.

Energy Star

To earn Energy Star qualification, homes and products must meet strict criteria for energy efficiency set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The website offers lists of Energy Star-qualified products such as dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers, lighting fixtures and ceiling fans; information on tax credits, special offers or rebates; home improvement tips; and a database of builders, developers and home energy raters who can help you build an Energy Star home.

If you are still looking for more ways to go green during a remodel, head to PlumbTile and ask one of our expert employees. They will be able to help you find the perfect ways for you to incorporate your green fingerprint into your home.

Do’s and Don’ts of Flooring

So many flooring choices, so little time to research which looks good, feels good, and lasts. No worries. We have it all sorted out for you with the following hand do’s and don’ts list.

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10 Key Features of HVAC Systems

It’s probably not news to you that, while the first considerations when buying a new home are usually the plumbing fixtures, cabinets, countertops or floor treatments, the heating and cooling system is often the feature with which most people are dissatisfied after they’ve lived in the home for a while.

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Is Ductless Heating and Cooling for You?

Ductless HVAC systems (or mini-split systems) are beautifully efficient and provide consistent room comfort. No more walking into a cold kitchen or bathroom because it is in the back of the house and the furnace or ac system isn’t strong enough to push the air. But the decision to install is different for every homeowner.

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Go Green with Beautiful Tiles


The questions on most people’s mind are two things: How do I reduce my energy bills and how do I reduce my carbon footprint? Going green can be achieved with going weith all natural material in your tiles. Natural wood such as cork and stone tiles offer very beautiful choices but if you are more into the exotic look, consider coconut, pebble or teak mosaic tiles. And if you want to go 100% green you can purchase tiles made strictly from recycled materials. Continue reading

Going Green Can Save You Green!


The bathroom is full of harsh chemicals and high rates of water consumption. We need to find better ways of conserving our natural resources and cutting down the use of such chemicals. Why not start in the bathroom? There are quite a few ways in which you can go green in the bathroom. Continue reading

Bio-Recovered Tile



Recycled wood is becoming an increasingly popular purchase when designing a home. The flexibility in using recycled wood can give you endless design possibilities. It can be considered elegant or rustic with character and charm. Although the Bio-Recover collection made by Eleganza Tile is not recycled wood, it is a brilliant interpretation of it. It is a porcelain tile that has an antique feel.  It can be used in Tradition, contemporary or even modern design elements.  You can use the beautiful Bio-Recover collection for accent walls in your living room or even the bedroom eliminating the need for a head. The tiles are truly beautiful!

The Bio-Recover collection was created by carefully studying recycled wooden floors and walls. When you walk into a home you see the wear caused by time and the traces left by those that have walked on the floors creating beautiful variations in the wood. That is what is used to recreate the structure of the tile, the grain and color variations of the surfaces. Bio-Recover is developed using the latest HD Inkjet technology in order to accurately capture the natural wear and tear as well as color variation. Bio-Recover is available in 8″x48″ for residential and commercial applications. It is available in Old Walnut, Golden Flame, and Warm Cream. It is chemical stain resistant and very durable.

All Eleganza Tile products meet the ISO standards for manufacture in order to ensure the best quality tile flooring available on the market. From gemstone, contemporary, traditional, classic, wood, and polished style ceramic and porcelain tiles, Eleganza is sure to satisfy all of your decor needs.

If you are interested in placing an order or would like more information from Plumbtile on any item from Eleganza Tile we will be happy to help you at or call us at 866-758-6284.

Toto Residential and Commercial Bathroom Fixtures and Fittings

TOTO Air Bath

TOTO has revolutionized the bath experience with an innovative line of commercial and residential bathroom fixtures and fittings designed to provide a superior experience. No other manufacturer offers TOTO’s unique combination of design, innovation, technology, attention to detail and quality. Experience nature’s purest element in its truest form – delivered in luxury and opulence.

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TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer with nearly a century of experience. Offering a complete line of decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, bathroom accessories, shower and flush valves, toilets, lavatory sinks, bidets, washlets, Air Baths and more.

TOTO embraced water and energy conservation years before government mandates. Through constantly evolving manufacturing practices and advanced technology, TOTO consistently leads the way in plumbing fixture efficiency and sustainability. TOTO is Luxury in Balance.