Green Communities

Announcing the Green Home Advantage Program

Posted on January 12, 2011 by Amy Hook

In Atlanta, Enterprise and The Home Depot Foundation have joined forces to create the Green Home Advantage program. The program ensures that all properties acquired through the federal Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) in Atlanta meet a set of baseline green requirements developed by Enterprise and the City of Atlanta.

The program also offers technical assistance, trainings, and the opportunity for green certification.

Backerboards – Winners against Water

Posted on December 24, 2010 by Peter Yost

I sat down one day and figured this out: two people each taking an 8-minute shower every day is equivalent to the tub surround seeing 100 inches of driving rain a year. That means we should be building our wet walls for tub and bath surrounds with the best moisture management we can muster. And just about everyone agrees that means using a non-paper-faced tile backer board. The question remains: which non-paper faced tile backer board?

Enterprise Green Communities Criteria Checklist

Return to Sender – HVAC Return Pathway Options

Posted on December 8, 2010 by Peter Yost

If a forced-air HVAC(Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Collectively, the mechanical systems that heat, ventilate, and cool a building. system is pushing more air into a space or room than return pathways can match, some spaces in the home become pressurized and others depressurized. This imbalance can cause problems: thermal comfort, moisture, and even combustion safety.

Types of HVAC returns

Blower Door Testing Row Homes

Posted on December 1, 2010 by Peter Yost

This question comes up quite a bit, particularly in affordable housing. Using a blower door to depressurize a rowhome means that air is being pulled not just from the outside, but also from adjacent units through the common or party walls of the home. And while the air that leaks into one home from another may be conditioned (heated or cooled) and not a real issue from an energy-efficiency perspective, there may very well be indoor air quality concerns related to combustion safety, radon, smoking, etc.

Five approaches

Integrated Pest Management: Get to Know Mike Potter and Bill Quarles

Posted on November 15, 2010 by Peter Yost

Each word in the phrase “integrated pest management” (IPM) is important. It means a thoughtful, systems-approach to mediate contact between people and unwanted critters—bugs, usually, but sometimes small mammals as well. We call them pests, but we really don’t care if they do their job within an ecosystem; we just don’t want them in our homes or on us.

IPM during construction

Waste Management for New Construction and Remodeling

Posted on October 26, 2010 by Peter Yost

A big part of building green is managing the job site’s “tailpipe.” What you throw out on a job can say an awful lot about overall project management, from your scopes of work to budgeting to job site practices.

Know what you throw

Carpet in Basements: The Issues, Solutions, and Alternatives

Posted on October 17, 2010 by Peter Yost

Designing dry, warm basement floors

Dry, warm, basement floors are designed to manage:

Greening Bank-Owned Homes

Posted on September 30, 2010 by Amy Hook

Before a bank puts a foreclosed property back on the market, typically the bank does some bare-bones repairs on the property. What if, instead of doing the bare minimum, the bank decided to look at the foreclosed property as a challenge and opportunity?

The Construction Process Part Three – Project Scoping

Posted on September 14, 2010 by Peter Yost

Project scope is a summary of the project, what will be done and what will not. The scope of any project, but particularly affordable housing projects, can be heavily flavored by budget and additional constraints, such as HUD requirements or an increase in the agreed-upon number of units (decreasing the budget for each unit). Integrating, rather than superimposing, green building is key to keeping your scope green.

How is a green project scope different?

Deconstruction versus Demolition

Posted on August 24, 2010 by Peter Yost

Demolition is pretty straightforward—you test for and then remove any hazardous regulated materials before you knock the building down and crunch it up for the landfill. Masonry rubble may make its way to clean fill or aggregate and some metals are likely to get pulled out for recycling.

Two primary types of deconstruction
Deconstruction is “unbuilding”—taking a building apart, often reversing the order of the construction of the building. There are two general categories of deconstruction.

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