Green Architects' Lounge

The Green Architects Chat With James Howard Kunstler

Posted on January 30, 2012 by Christopher Briley

You know how occasionally the comments section that follows certain blogs drifts off into “Big Picture” territory? When we do a podcast on something simple like air sealing or home energy monitoring, for some reason someone has to bring up population control, lack of focus on urban retrofits, or how Frank Loyd Wright was a racist. (For the record, I'm not trying to bring that one up again—so let's leave it alone, please.)

Anyway, this one's for you, “Big Picture People.”

From Designed to Built, Part 2: Three Questions

Posted on November 15, 2011 by Christopher Briley

So now it's time to get the builder involved in your green project. In Part One of this episode, we shared the views of the design team; but what do the builders think? How would they like to get involved? To find out, Phil and I asked three prominent builders to join us in a a round of “Three Questions.” Let's meet our contestants.

Michael Chandler is a contributor here on GBA and is the president of Chandler Design-Build. He has been designing and building high-performance homes since 1978.

Paul Eldrenkamp is the owner of Byggmeister Design Build in Boston. Established in 1983, his company places a high value on the customer relationship and sustainable design / build methods.

Dan Kolbert is the owner of Kolbert Building in Portland, Maine, where, for over twenty years, he has been moving his company and the market toward sustainable construction.

Phil and I both really appreciate their participation and want to convey our thanks. Are you ready to play? Come on down!

The transcript below includes the answers provided by Chandler, Eldrenkamp, and Kolbert. To hear our reactions to their answers, be sure to listen to the Podcast.

From Designed to Built: Delivering Your Green Home

Posted on October 27, 2011 by Christopher Briley

It's one thing to design a house, and it's another thing entirely to turn that design into a physical reality. In this episode, we kick back with an autumn cocktail (the Northern Spy) and talk about the process of bringing on a builder and the challenges of keeping relationships, quality, cost, and expectations managed along the way.

Hey, do you want to talk about wall sections? Too bad. Jesse joins us for our “What's Bothering Jesse?” segment, and he lets us know that he's a little tired of all the attention that walls command from the green community. So, we'll talk about that instead.

An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 2

Posted on September 1, 2011 by Christopher Briley

Those who are new to the green design and construction movement, or “sprouts,” often have some misconceptions. We've all been there, and most of us are still there to some degree or another. It's a long learning process — one that is truly endless, as Martin eloquently discusses in Part 1 of this episode.

We thought we'd talk about a few of these common beliefs as a means to structure a conversation with GreenBuildingAdvisor's senior editor, Martin Holladay.

An Interview With Martin Holladay, Part 1

Posted on August 11, 2011 by Christopher Briley

You know him, you love him (or at least his articles): Martin Holladay. He was in the neighborhood, so he stopped by to chat with Phil and me for this episode of the Green Architects' Lounge. This is your chance to get to know the man behind some of your favorite blog posts and Fine Homebuilding articles.

Net-Zero Homes, Part 3

Posted on July 14, 2011 by Christopher Briley

In Part 3 of this episode, the net zeroProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. Calculating net-zero energy can be difficult, particularly in grid-tied renewable energy systems, because of transmission losses in power lines and other considerations. conversation winds down as Phil and I talk about the “cost trade-off” game in which the homeowners will likely engage. We also have a bit of a disagreement as to how much the clients need to know about the energy-saving details being incorporated into their homes. (Good stuff.)

Net-Zero Homes, Part 2: How to Get to Zero

Posted on June 21, 2011 by Christopher Briley

In part two of this episode, the Net ZeroProducing as much energy on an annual basis as one consumes on site, usually with renewable energy sources such as photovoltaics or small-scale wind turbines. Calculating net-zero energy can be difficult, particularly in grid-tied renewable energy systems, because of transmission losses in power lines and other considerations. conversation gets real as Phil and I talk about how to think about the balancing act of increasing your building performance, decreasing your energy demand, decreasing your mechanical costs, and optimizing your cost. Of course you have to have the target of net zero in mind and the whole team has to be on board. We've even included a handy spreadsheet that Phil's office uses to help run the options and find that “sweet spot.”

Net-Zero Homes, Part 1

Posted on June 8, 2011 by Christopher Briley

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Passivhaus, Part 3: So You Want to Be a Passivhaus Consultant?

Posted on April 25, 2011 by Christopher Briley

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Passivhaus, Part 2: The Standards

Posted on April 11, 2011 by Christopher Briley

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