Green Communities

Combustion Safety and the Worst-Case Depressurization Test

Posted on March 30, 2010 by Peter Yost

The problem

New HUD Policy on Appliances for NSP

Posted on March 15, 2010 by Peter Yost

Ladies and Gentlemen…really great news! You can now include washers, dryers and dishwashers in your rehab work for NSP1 and NSP2, and furthermore, they have to be Energy Star labeled.

Is anyone else celebrating? I know there are some celebrations happening in Maricopa County, Arizona! A big “Thank you!” to Ben Chao, the NSP Director for the Housing Authority of Maricopa County, who was instrumental in getting this energy efficient policy guidance issued.

Green building assessments versus energy audits

Posted on March 4, 2010 by Peter Yost

Energy audits can be a single slice evaluation of home performance, just looking at energy, albeit in a comprehensive analysis of energy performance. Whole-house assessments are green because they take a systems integration approach to evaluating home performance, looking at the individual and combined effects of energy, water, indoor air quality, and durability performance.

The Construction Process – Part 1: Building Assessment

Posted on February 10, 2010 by Peter Yost

Amy and I are going to tackle the construction/renovation process, broken down into six components:

1. Building Assessment
2. Contractor Selection
3. Project Scoping
4. Project Documentation
5. Implementation/Construction
6. Commissioning/Homeowner Education

Keep in mind that each of these will be presented from the green building context we laid out in our last blog: emphasis on overall resource efficiency, process not just products, and maintaining if not improving the health and safety of occupants.

Kermit Was Right

Posted on February 1, 2010 by Peter Yost

Yes, we admit it; the blog title is a play on words from the oft-quoted Kermit the Frog. But it continually amazes me how many building professionals, companies, and organizations don’t have or clearly state a comprehensive and clear definition of building green. Without one, you risk confusing your staff and your clients. With one, you ensure that everyone is on the same page, from the beginning of and throughout the whole construction process.

Welcome to the Enterprise Green Communities Blog

Posted on January 14, 2010 by Amy Hook

Welcome to the Enterprise Green Communities NSP blog. Our hope is that this becomes an open forum for NSP recipients, sub-recipients, and project teams to discuss some of the challenges and successes you are experiencing as it relates to your green initiatives across the country. With the newness of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, we are all in the same place – learning lots of new regulations, interpretations, and minute details. Enterprise Green Communities is hoping that the existence and continual use of this blog will help you through every step of the green initiative you are building into your Neighborhood Stabilization Program. Peter Yost, with, will be co-authoring this blog with me, teaching us all about the science behind green building. I will be co-authoring and consistently checking in, answering questions, and joining the discussions in the hopes of learning from you and hopefully, helping a little.

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