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Comparing Green Building Rating Systems: LEED or NGBS?

Posted on August 16, 2010 by Danny Kelly

Two of the green rating programs we’ve mentioned in this blog series are the LEED for HomesLeadership in Energy and Environmental Design. LEED for Homes is the residential green building program from the United States Green Building Council (USGBC). While this program is primarily designed for and applicable to new home projects, major gut rehabs can qualify. program and the National Green Building Standard (NGBSNational Green Building Standard Based on the NAHB Model Green Home Building Guidelines and passed through ANSI. This standard can be applied to both new homes, remodeling projects, and additions. ) developed by NAHBNational Association of Home Builders, which awards a Model Green Home Certification.. The intent of these two certification programs is similar.

Building to LEED and NGBS Green Certification in One House

Posted on August 10, 2010 by Danny Kelly

We had already walked and jogged on our journey to green, but we began to worry that we would miss out on our chance to run. We had a pretty good reputation as one of the few builders in town familiar with green building, but the real estate market was headed down, so we weren’t building any more spec homes. We introduced all of our new customers to a range of green building programs, but none of them were very interested.

Back to the classroom

A Custom Builder's First EarthCraft House

Posted on August 3, 2010 by Danny Kelly

Having completed an Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. house, we wanted to take the next step in our “walk, jog, run” model. We were ready to jog – we decided to enroll a house in one of the many programs that certifies green homes.

By this time, our knowledge had grown, and we felt like we were up to speed on all the new products and techniques of green building. The NAHBNational Association of Home Builders, which awards a Model Green Home Certification. had formalized its Green Building Guidelines; we had read them and attended a brief seminar.

The First Energy Star House: 'Surprisingly Easy'

Posted on July 27, 2010 by Danny Kelly

Once our construction company was launched on a path toward green building, we knew we had to convince our customers of the advantages of building green. But we quickly found out that our customers weren’t interested in doing anything that added any cost to their homes; so we decided to build our first Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. house on speculation.

A Custom Builder’s Journey to Green

Posted on July 21, 2010 by Danny Kelly

I recently attended several conferences in Raleigh, North Carolina, few hours from my home: the national RESNET conference, the National Green Building Conference, the North Carolina Home Builders Association’s Building Code Council and Green Building Council. At each of these meetings, the new IRCInternational Residential Code. The one- and two-family dwelling model building code copyrighted by the International Code Council. The IRC is meant to be a stand-alone code compatible with the three national building codes—the Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) National code, the Southern Building Code Congress International (SBCCI) code and the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) code. Energy Code and the new Energy StarLabeling system sponsored by the Environmental Protection Agency and the US Department of Energy for labeling the most energy-efficient products on the market; applies to a wide range of products, from computers and office equipment to refrigerators and air conditioners. standards were discussed. (There are lots of big changes headed our way.)

7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 7. Renewable Energy

Posted on May 19, 2010 by Betsy Pettit

Editor's introduction: With energy prices rising again, many homeowners are planning energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. But most people are unsure of where to begin, and even seasoned builders don’t always know which priorities should rise to the top of the list. Betsy Pettit, an architect at Building Science Corporation, recommends starting where you can get the most bang for the buck.

7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 5. Mechanicals

Posted on May 3, 2010 by Betsy Pettit

Editor's introduction: With energy prices rising again, many homeowners are planning energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. But most people are unsure of where to begin, and even seasoned builders don’t always know which priorities should rise to the top of the list. Betsy Pettit, an architect at Building Science Corporation, recommends starting where you can get the most bang for the buck.

Step 5: Replace your furnace, boiler, or water heater

7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 4. Windows

Posted on April 24, 2010 by Betsy Pettit

Editor's introduction: With energy prices rising again, many homeowners are planning energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. But most people are unsure of where to begin, and even seasoned builders don’t always know which priorities should rise to the top of the list. Betsy Pettit, an architect at Building Science Corporation, recommends starting where you can get the most bang for the buck.

7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 2. The Roof

Posted on April 15, 2010 by Betsy Pettit

Editor's introduction: With energy prices rising again, many homeowners are planning energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. But most people are unsure of where to begin, and even seasoned builders don’t always know which priorities should rise to the top of the list. Betsy Pettit, an architect at Building Science Corporation, recommends starting where you can get the most bang for the buck.

Step 2: To stop air leaks and reduce heat loss, seal up your home's cap

7 Steps to an Energy-Efficient House: 1. The Basement

Posted on April 6, 2010 by Betsy Pettit

Editor's introduction: With energy prices rising again, many homeowners are planning energy-efficiency improvements to their homes. But most people are unsure of where to begin, and even seasoned builders don’t always know which priorities should rise to the top of the list. Betsy Pettit, an architect at Building Science Corporation, recommends starting where you can get the most bang for the buck.

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