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Green From the Start Redux, or Trying to Build Green in a Historic District

Posted on August 26, 2010 by Carl Seville, GBA Advisor in Green Building Curmudgeon

In case you haven’t read my earlier posts about my aborted attempt to build myself a house, Green From the Start Home Edition, Green From the Start Home Edition, Volume 2, and the dismal ending to the first half my saga, What We Have Here Is a F

Is America Ready for a Home Urinal?

Posted on August 24, 2010 by Alex Wilson in Water Efficiency

There are some significant advantages to urinals when it comes to bathroom maintenance (I won't go into the messy details of splashing that happens when males stand and urinate into a toilet). With ultra-efficient urinals (often called one-pint urinals) and waterless urinals, there are also very significant water savings that are achieved.

Saving Energy by Conserving Water

Posted on August 24, 2010 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

It takes a lot of energy to transport and treat water in this country, and it takes a lot of water to produce the energy we use. To put this a different way: when we save water we save energy, and when we save energy we save water.

Deconstruction versus Demolition

Posted on August 24, 2010 by Peter Yost in Green Communities

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.

Is Bubble Wrap Duct Insulation a Good Idea?

Posted on August 23, 2010 by Scott Gibson in Q&A Spotlight

Lora's question seemed innocent enough, but it was enough to touch off a war of words and prove that building science isn't always as dryly academic as you might guess. It can, in fact, get downright cantankerous.

Lora's HVAC(Heating, ventilation, and air conditioning). Collectively, the mechanical systems that heat, ventilate, and cool a building. installer wanted to insulate the ducts in her house with double-wrapped bubble wrap "as a cheaper way to achieve R-6." Fine, she thought, but does the stuff really work?

‘Walls Need to Breathe’ and 9 Other Green Building Myths

Posted on August 20, 2010 by Martin Holladay, GBA Advisor in Musings of an Energy Nerd

Just for fun, I’ve rounded up ten oft-repeated statements that are either half-truths or outright falsehoods. I’m sure some readers will disagree with my conclusions; if you’re one of them, don’t hesitate to post a comment.

My 6th Commandment: Don’t Try to Be Something You’re Not

Posted on August 18, 2010 by Michael Strong, LEED Associate, CGP in Business Advisor

My advice to those involved with residential construction: if you are not sincere in your efforts to be a green builder/remodeler/supplier/architect, don't try to be something you're not. Quit fooling around, get out of the way, and do something you believe in. Otherwise, it will not be long before you are uncovered for what you are.

Everyone wants to go green

More Tips for Improving Mileage

Posted on August 18, 2010 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

Last week, I touched on some of the strategies coming out of the “hypermiling” movement to boost automobile fuel economy. Here are a few more:

1. Lighten the load. The more weight we haul around in our cars or trucks, the more energy we use. If you keep sandbags in the bed of your pick-up for winter traction, remove them in the summer. Empty your trunk of those unneeded items you’ve been hauling around.

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