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Everyone has a boss...even your Building Inspector

Posted on March 17, 2009 by Lynn Underwood in Code Green

The role of the modern building official

So you’ve hired an architect to design a green home and now are submitting plans for a permit. The plans examiner behind the counter at Town Hall casts a jaundiced eye and questions the viability of your proposal. He tells you to get engineering for the newly developed building material you've selected.


LEED Can Change, Part Two: LEED AP

Posted on March 17, 2009 by Rob Moody in think-spot

Changes for the LEED Accredited Professional Program for 2009

As a builder, I have a pet peeve that I would like to share because I think it could be productive to other builders in particular and the building community in general. When I go to a green building event, an AIA educational event or most higher-level green education events, the facilitator inevitably asks the crowd questions about their backgrounds.

“How many architects are in the crowd? Show me your hands. How many engineers? How many LEED APs? Any builders?”

Integrated Design Teams

Integrated Design Teams

Posted on March 17, 2009 by Annette Stelmack in design-matters

The Role of the Interior Designer
For me, being an interior designer is about my "project community." Clients ask us into their lives on an incredibly intimate level and then generously invite us to bring their dreams to fruition. We connect with their family members, ask questions about their lifestyles, and learn their daily habits. They take us into their bedrooms, bathrooms, and closets as they open their lives to us.

This level of trust compels us to achieve the clients' goals with the highest standards.

What is an "integrated design approach"?

Choosing an Energy-Efficient Television

Choosing an Energy-Efficient Television

Posted on March 17, 2009 by Martin Holladay in Musings of an Energy Nerd

Last weekend I reluctantly undertook the unpleasant task of buying a new television. The task was unpleasant for several reasons: I have a countercultural aversion to updating electronic devices; I hate shopping; and I especially hate shopping at the only area retailer that sells televisions, a particularly repellent megastore headquartered in Arkansas.

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Understanding Pellet Stoves

Posted on March 17, 2009 by Alex Wilson in Energy Solutions

I resisted buying a pellet stove for a long time for a number of reasons. First, I would be tied to a fuel source that I don’t have control over — and whose price might go up if demand exceeds supply.

Second, pellet stoves don’t work without electricity, and I didn’t want to risk freezing pipes in the event of a power outage. Third, I don’t really like the noise of the fan and the blowtorch-like flame. Fourth, I had heard about technical problems with early pellet stoves. And fifth, good pellet stoves cost a lot.

Local adoptions

What changes did your City (State) make to the code?

Posted on March 15, 2009 by Lynn Underwood in Code Green

Now that you’ve finally learned the (model) code, it’s all different!

At long last, after three years of proposed code changes, code hearings, floor votes, public comment period and final action hearings, a new International Residential Code (IRC) is developed and published. You’ve purchased it from the International Code Council and read through it in anticipation of a green-home building project.

Greg Franta

A Revered (and Mischievous) Mentor

Posted on March 12, 2009 by Annette Stelmack in design-matters

A Sustainable Journey Ignited by Passionate, Engaging Greatness

Sitting in my home office, with a radiant view of the Boulder Flatirons, my emotions fluctuate between profound feelings of appreciation and deep sadness for the loss of one of my mentors. Over the years I have been blessed with teachers who have inspired and guided me, challenged and informed me, moved me to tears of laughter and sadness, and freely offered "ah ha!" moments.


Local Food, Local Wood

Posted on March 12, 2009 by Carl Seville in Green Building Curmudgeon

I picked up my weekly box of locally grown organic food today — not exactly a farm co-op, commonly knows as a CSA, but a small, farm-based business that distributes these fine products to individuals and restaurants in the region. I’ve been doing this for a few weeks, and it is interesting that what's in the box — the contents of which are unknown to me until I open it — dictates my diet now, rather than what looks good to me in the market. Right now cabbage, root vegetables, and lettuce are in season, so I’m eating more of those. I also got some nice strawberries and some peppers.


Time to stop building new single-family homes

Posted on March 12, 2009 by Carl Seville in Green Building Curmudgeon

A recent article in The Atlantic magazine by Richard Florida, "How the Crash Will Reshape America," has some very interesting observations about home ownership and the damage that our society has done to itself by creating artificial incentives for people to own homes. Home ownership has been subsidized in America for many years through mortgage-interest tax deductions and artificially low interest rates.


LEED Can Change, Part One

Posted on March 10, 2009 by Rob Moody in think-spot

“Hi, my name is Rob and I’m a recovering public school teacher.” Before I was a green builder, I taught high school for seven years. I loved it for six and three quarters. One of the biggest forces that convinced me to leave education was the constrictive state testing system. I recognize that it is absolutely necessary to have standards, indicators and tests, however that can limit creativity and energy in the classroom.

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