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Heat Water With Air

Posted on November 30, 2009 by Daniel Morrison in Green Building Blog

--From BuildingGreen's 2009 Top-10 Products list

The Rheem HP-50 is 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.-listed, heat-pump water heaterAn appliance that uses an air-source heat pump to heat domestic hot water. Most heat-pump water heaters include an insulated tank equipped with an electric resistance element to provide backup heat whenever hot water demand exceeds the capacity of the heat pump. Since heat-pump water heaters extract heat from the air, they lower the temperature and humidity of the room in which they are installed. with an integral 50-gallon tank. Intended for residential use, the HP-50 operates in three modes: Energy Saver mode uses the heat pumpHeating and cooling system in which specialized refrigerant fluid in a sealed system is alternately evaporated and condensed, changing its state from liquid to vapor by altering its pressure; this phase change allows heat to be transferred into or out of the house. See air-source heat pump and ground-source heat pump. only (energy factor 2.0); Normal mode, for higher demands, uses the heat pump and one of two electric-resistance elements (energy factor 1.5); and Electric Heat Only mode relies solely on the electric elements,

Houses Versus Cars

Posted on November 27, 2009 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

You’re striving to minimize your carbon footprintAmount of carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gases that a person, community, industry, or other entity contributes to the atmosphere through energy use, transportation, and other means. , and your house is energy efficient. Through diligent conservation efforts, you’ve greatly reduced the amount of natural gas and electricity required to run your home.

Bravo! But how does your residential energy budget compare to your transportation energy budget? You may be happy to brag about your low utility bills — but if you’re anything like me, you’re probably a little ashamed of your gasoline budget.

Position Yourself as an Expert Eco-Builder: Listen to Your Customers

Posted on November 25, 2009 by Michael Strong, LEED Associate, CGP in Business Advisor

Rapid changes in the residential construction industry are providing new profit and diversification opportunities for builders. Those who see and understand these opportunities can position themselves as experts in the field and provide exemplary service to gain an important edge in the marketplace. Knowing where you stand in relation to your competition is paramount. Educating and communicating that position to prospective customers is equally important.

Part 3 of a 7-part series


3. Listen to your customers

You Mean Green Building Does Not Cost More?

Posted on November 25, 2009 by Daniel Morrison in Green Building Blog

One of the GBAGreenBuildingAdvisor.com Business Advisors, Michael Strong, made the local FOX news broadcast for a home that his company, GreenHaus Builders, built a couple of years ago. The energy bills are much lower than the neighbors' and the customers are thrilled with the comfort and style.

Mass Walls Increase Insulation Value

Posted on November 24, 2009 by Lynn Underwood, GBA Advisor in Code Green

9 Steps to A Greener Code

New homes built using the 2009 International Residential Code (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.) or International Energy Conservation Code (IECC International Energy Conservation Code.) will be more energy efficient than ever. As a consequence, a builder’s world may become a bit more complex and, in some cases, a bit more expensive. Recent spikes in energy costs have increased the attention on regulatory measures that limit energy waste.

Storing Heat in Walls with Phase-Change Materials

Posted on November 24, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

I just returned from the Greenbuild conference in Phoenix. This annual event, now in its eighth year, has become the leading locus for exchange of information about the rapidly growing green building movement. This year’s event drew some 22,000 attendees, including architects, builders, engineers, developers, and manufacturers, from the U.S., Canada, and dozens of other countries.

What We Have Here Is a Failure to Communicate

Posted on November 24, 2009 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

For my faithful readers who have been waiting anxiously for a report on my new house, I have distressing news. At my hearing before the historic commission in November, my project was soundly rejected by the five-member board. As mentioned in my earlier post , I expected, and was prepared for, a challenge on demolishing my existing house, which they considered historic.

Greenbuild 2009 Wrap-Up

Posted on November 22, 2009 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

Greenbuild 2009 in Phoenix was another great event. Unlike most of the construction industry, green building appears to be thriving. Attendance was slightly lower than last year but not by much, in contrast to other industry events that have seen their numbers plummet. Considering how many businesses are struggling or have closed, and the number of unemployed building professionals, the strength of this event is encouraging.

A Rocky Mountain Remodel Story

Posted on November 22, 2009 by Annette Stelmack, GBA Advisor in design-matters

The Rocky Mountain homeowners embraced the opportunity to "green" their remodeling project, primarily targeting the kitchen and the master bathroom. The design team—interior designer, architect, and homeowners—worked together as an integrated team to meet the project goals. We designed for multifunctional rooms with improved spatial relationships, family connectivity, increased storage and work areas, updated aesthetics, energy and water efficiency, and healthy indoor air quality balanced by timeless, durable, and easy-to-maintain design.

Position Yourself as an Expert Eco-Builder: Deliver Great Value

Posted on November 20, 2009 by Dina Lima in Business Advisor

Rapid changes in the residential construction industry are providing new profit and diversification opportunities for builders. Those who see and understand these opportunities can position themselves as experts in the field and provide exemplary service to gain an important edge in the marketplace. Knowing where you stand in relation to your competition is paramount. Educating and communicating that position to prospective customers is equally important.

Part 2 of a 7-part series


2: Deliver great value

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