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Terms of Service

Our policies are intended to provide a safe and fair environment for all participants so that they can communicate with others about green building and learn about environmentally-friendly techniques, materials, and services. In making use of this site you agree to abide by our user agreement. This includes specific rules for participating in online communities, such as blogs and wikis. Our goal is to provide a protected space for those who are interested in green building to communicate with others. To do that, we will generally provide advertising on behalf of our sponsors. We may collect identifying and/or contact information from participants. Please see our privacy policy about this information. Content of this site is provided for information of its users with the typical exclusions, which you can find in our disclaimers area.

User Agreement

The following describes the terms on which we offer you access to our services.

This site offers services to both the general public and to private members of the site. To become a private member, you must sign up using the "Sign-up" link in the "Login" panel or send us a request for access, and you must agree to the rules for participating in online communities.

For all users, the information provided on this site is provided as-is and without any claims to usefulness, suitability or performance. Information is offered in the context of the user's taking full responsibility for all consequences of use.

This site provides online links and references to other resources which are not owned by and/or controlled by the owner of the site. This agreement does not apply to any site in other domains.

While using the site, you will not:

  • violate any laws, any third-party rights, or any specific rules as noted on the site;
  • post content inappropriate for the site or for any category or area;
  • use our site under false pretenses, such as holding yourself out to belong to a profession you do not belong to or pretending to be an age you are not;
  • post false, inaccurate, misleading, defamatory, threatening, injurious, or libelous content;
  • distribute or post spam, chain letters, or pyramid schemes;
  • distribute viruses or any other technologies that could harm our site or harm the interests and/or property of any user;
  • harvest or otherwise collect information about users, including e-mail addresses, unless their posting explicitly shows consent to be used in this way;
  • use any facsimile of this site to obtain personal or identifying information from others.

All content of this site is the property of the site owner or its content suppliers. Such content is protected by United States and international copyright laws. The trademarks "Essential Quality" and "Green Making" are service marks of the site owner, Richard J. Wingerter.

All members of the public are granted permission to view public content of this site and to temporarily cache contents for personal use, or for the internal use of any business, provided that such contents are not resold or otherwise provided for a fee that is specific to the use of the contents or a fee to a service that generally provides similar content, without the specific prior written permission of the site owner. All site members are granted similar permission to view and temporarily cache contents to all non-public areas to which they have been specifically granted access, for similar use.

All site members are responsible for maintaining the confidentiality of their account and password information and for restricting access to such account to themselves and such persons as may reasonably act on their behalf.

Anyone posting content on this site grants in doing so an unlimited, nonexclusive, royalty-free, perpetual, irrevocable and fully sublicensable right to the site owner to use such material and derivative works. In providing such content you represent and warrant that you own or otherwise control all rights to such content, that the content is accurate, and that use of the content does not violate these terms of use or would cause any foreseeable injury. We reserve the right to alter or delete any content provided by others to this site. Further, we make no claims and take no responsibility or liability for any content posted by any third party.

If you believe that any of your copyrights have been infringed, please notify us by contacting us.

Items made available for sale on this site are provided and fulfilled by other companies, and all orders made through this site are directly with the companies offering such products. The risk of loss and title for such items pass from such third parties to you directly and not through the owner of this site.

We attempt to make all descriptions of goods, services and information on this site as accurate as possible. However, we do not warrant that the descriptions are accurate, complete, reliable, current, or error-free. Any information about pricing is given as a guideline and not a promise. All prices are set by individual vendors, not the site.

Rules for Online Communities

This site provides both an open online community and a closed, members-only online community. Regardless of the forum, all content published here is the sole opinion and responsibility of the person posting.

In posting, we encourage the publishing of honest opinion and fact-based experience. Please refrain from attacking individuals or companies, and please refrain from profanity or obscenity. Entries should be written as they would be for a newspaper or magazine of general circulation.

While we attempt to sponsor an open discussion, this site reserves the right to edit any content to remove material, refuse to publish material for any reason, or delete material for any reason. No warrantee is made that material submitted will be published or continue to be published.

Privacy Policy

This site may request identifying and/or contact information from participants. The primary purpose of this information is to facilitate access to and services by this site. We will not provide this information to others, except under court order or otherwise provided in these terms of use. However, since this is a commercial site, it is possible that any information gathered here will be part of the information provided to another company in the case that such company acquires at least a majority interest in this site.

We use third-party advertising companies to serve ads when you visit our website. These companies may use information (not including your name, address, email address, or telephone number) about your visits to this and other websites in order to provide advertisements about goods and services of interest to you. If you would like more information about this practice and to know your choices about not having this information used by these companies, click here.

Google, as a third party vendor, uses cookies to serve ads on this site. Users may opt out of the use of the DART cookie by visiting the Google Advertising Cookie and Privacy Policies page.

Amazon, as a third-party vendor, uses independent code to serve ads on this site. Users may find information about Amazon.com's Bill of Rights at their website.

Contact information gathered by this site may be made available to private members of this site to facilitate communication between members. In such cases, the person providing this information will be informed prior to such use and will have the opportunity to determine to what extent their information is disseminated to members.

DISCLAIMER OF WARRANTIES AND LIMITATION OF LIABILITY

THIS SITE AND ALL INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) AND SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE ARE PROVIDED BY THIS SITE ON AN "AS IS" AND "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. THE SITE OWNER MAKES NO REPRESENTATIONS OR WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, AS TO THE OPERATION OF THIS SITE OR THE INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING. YOU EXPRESSLY AGREE THAT YOUR USE OF THIS SITE IS AT YOUR SOLE RISK.

TO THE FULL EXTENT PERMISSIBLE BY APPLICABLE LAW, THE SITE OWNER DISCLAIMS ALL WARRANTIES, EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, IMPLIED WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE. THE SITE OWNER DOES NOT WARRANT THAT THIS SITE; INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE; THEIR SERVERS; OR E-MAIL SENT FROM THIS SITE IS FREE OF VIRUSES OR OTHER HARMFUL COMPONENTS. THE SITE OWNER WILL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY DAMAGES OF ANY KIND ARISING FROM THE USE OF THIS SITE OR FROM ANY INFORMATION, CONTENT, MATERIALS, PRODUCTS (INCLUDING SOFTWARE) OR SERVICES INCLUDED ON OR OTHERWISE MADE AVAILABLE TO YOU THROUGH THIS SITE, INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO DIRECT, INDIRECT, INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES, UNLESS OTHERWISE SPECIFIED IN WRITING.

CERTAIN STATE LAWS DO NOT ALLOW LIMITATIONS ON IMPLIED WARRANTIES OR THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF CERTAIN DAMAGES. IF THESE LAWS APPLY TO YOU, SOME OR ALL OF THE ABOVE DISCLAIMERS, EXCLUSIONS, OR LIMITATIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU, AND YOU MIGHT HAVE ADDITIONAL RIGHTS.

In using this site, you agree that the laws of the state of Washington will apply to any and all disputes between you and the owner of the site, without regard to principles of conflict law or any other claim of jurisdiction. If any of these conditions are deemed invalid, void, or unenforceable, then that condition will be deemed severable and will not affect the validity or enforceability of any remaining condition. These terms apply from 27 October 2008 until revoked or replaced. This agreement may be updated from time to time. In such cases, new policies will be posted on the site and will take effect immediately, unless such policy explicitly sets another date.