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Can This Home Be Greened? A Pennsylvania Pick-Me-Up

A 1920s Dutch Colonial goes in for the basics: remove toxins, improve efficiency and ensure durability.

Homeowner Joe Keleher stands in front of his home.
Photo By Liam Goble
Like many older homes, Joe's Prohibition-era house needs major energy-efficiency upgrades.
Photo By Liam Goble
AFM Safecoat's floor finish is nontoxic.
Photo By Liam Goble
The outdated boiler is inefficient, letting heat escape up the chimney.
Photo By Liam Goble
Water has cracked the foundation of Joe's home, causing it to crumble.
Photo By Liam Goble
Joe's attic has virtually no insulation.
Photo By Liam Goble

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