green building

On the Path to More Green Building

Posted on April 26,2015 by CarlSeville in energy code

We are in a very conservative, practically radical, political environment in where taxes, regulation, and almost anything that smells of “government” is beaten back as soon as it comes up. As energy codes become more rigorous, we see efforts to beat them back.

It’s 2012 — Do You Know Where Your LEED for Homes Is?

Posted on April 26,2015 by CarlSeville in certification

LEED for Homes 2012, the new version planned for release at the end of this year, is in the third and final comment period before it is voted on and officially adopted. Comments are open only through March 20, so if you work with this program, it behooves you to check it out and make your comments soon. I spet several hours recently reviewing the current draft and this post will include my opinion on where it is better than the current one and where it could still use some improvement.

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 2

Posted on April 26,2015 by AnnEdminster in green building

Welcome back to the rant! (This is an extended, multi-month rant, in case you were wondering.) Last month I introduced the “Change Toolkit,” a hierarchy of interventions with Mindset at the top (most effective type of intervention), followed by Processes, then Tools; Technologies (the perennial favorite) resides at the bottom – i.e., it is the least effective change lever in our toolkit for creating higher-performing homes.

High-Performance and Net-Zero Homes — Part 1

Posted on April 26,2015 by AnnEdminster in change

I come from a family of non-conformists. My dad was the product of a line of labor shit-disturbers of the first order; my mom came from milder stock but was herself a civic activist of unparalleled backbone. I spent my childhood marching for racial equality, farm worker rights, and peace in Vietnam. So perhaps it’s inevitable that I have come to view myself as a green building revolutionary.

Are You a Green Building Geek, Nerd, Dork, or Dweeb?

Posted on April 26,2015 by ab3 in Building Science

I hear a lot of people call themselves building science geeks, energy nerds, green building dorks, HVAC dweebs, weatherization wonks, and policy poindexters. (It's true! Some of them are imaginary people in my mind and some are aliens, but they really do say that.) What I see, though, is that most such people seem to throw these words around without understanding which is which and how dorks and nerds and geeks and dweebs differ.

It’s Alive! Studying the Living Building Challenge

Posted on April 26,2015 by CarlSeville in certification

I spent most of a day recently in a seminar on the Living Building Challenge (LBC), a self-described philosophy, advocacy tool, and certification program for sustainable building. If people outside the industry think that existing green building programs are pie-in-the-sky and touchy-feely, put together by granola-eaters, then they are going to have to adjust their scales for the LBC.

Ramblings on Retail and Green Homes

Posted on April 26,2015 by CarlSeville in green building

My father owned a local hardware store for almost thirty years, and I have fond memories of hanging out and working there, with the locally owned stationery story, movie theater, pharmacy, and grocery on the same block. Each successive block was also populated primarily with independently owned businesses, usually operated by their owners, most of whom lived nearby. Most businesses were local; when you went to a different town, the stores were noticeably different.

Study: Green Buildings May Boost Occupants’ Health, Productivity

Posted on April 26,2015 by Fretboard in environmentally preferable products

For many people, a nice work environment can help take the edge off the demands of the job. But what happens when green features are added to a work environment's list of amenities?

A Custom Builder's First EarthCraft House

Posted on April 26,2015 by D K in EarthCraft

Having completed an Energy Star 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 NAHB had formalized its Green Building Guidelines; we had read them and attended a brief seminar.

A Custom Builder’s Journey to Green

Posted on April 26,2015 by D K in Energy Star

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 IRC Energy Code and the new Energy Star standards were discussed. (There are lots of big changes headed our way.)

Not So Big House, Green Building, and New Urbanism Converge

Posted on April 26,2015 by CarlSeville in green building

Sarah Susanka, in a talk at a recent meeting of the Green Building Council of the Greater Atlanta Homebuilders Association, was her usual, charming self. Sharing ideas from several of her nine best-selling books about right-sized, well-designed homes, she moved deftly from architectural details to new urbanism. One of her more interesting points was the value of following your personal passions.

Greenprints Recap

Posted on April 26,2015 by CarlSeville in Conference

I attended Greenprints last month, a great little regional green building conference put on by Southface Energy Institute every year in Atlanta. It served its purpose well, bringing together for education and networking a wide range of industry professionals interested in sustainable building. There were three separate tracks: residential, commercial, and sustainable communities' economy and policy, along with some additional workshops and post-conference training classes.

A Big-House Tests Green Cred in Berkeley

Posted on April 26,2015 by Fretboard in Berkeley

Consumers and building industry professionals already have their antennae up when it comes to green marketing, but the reality is that even green designations by environmentally conscious, third-party-sanctioned civic entities can inspire controversy. And if a green rating is conferred on an unusually big house by the planning department in Berkeley, California, the debate can be especially vigorous.

Making Green Mainstream

Posted on April 26,2015 by CarlSeville in green building

On Wednesday, December 30, 2009, the New York Times headline read “New Slip in Housing Prices Undercuts Fragile Optimism.” As disappointing as that may sound, I think that it is a sign of hope for green building. Sustainable building has suffered too long from slow acceptance. This is due, I believe, in large part to the drunken orgy of real estate speculation we were living through for much of the last 20 years.

Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2) - Building Science Podcast

Posted on April 26,2015 by John Straube in Building Science

_This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called "Building Science Fundamentals" taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube, of Building Science Corporation._

Why Does Green Building Matter? - Building Science Podcast

Posted on April 26,2015 by John Straube in Building Science

_This podcast series is excerpted from a two-day class called "Building Science Fundamentals" taught by Dr. Joe Lstiburek and Dr. John Straube, of Building Science Corporation._

Gray Water: A Precious Resource

Posted on April 26,2015 by LynnUnderwood in gray water

Ever wonder why we habitually waste so precious a resource as water? We seem to be more conscious of wasted electricity than water going down the drain. Maybe it’s because of the speed of the dial going around in the meter.

Going Deep Green in Gainesville

Posted on April 26,2015 by Fretboard in Florida

A Florida couple originally planned an extensive remodel, but ended up committing to green deconstruction, design, and rebuilding No matter how much the downturn rattles the housing market, location is still king, and it is such a potent factor for some homebuyers that it can make up for a host of unforeseen issues in a listing.

Eyeing the i-House Cost Factor

Posted on April 26,2015 by Fretboard in green building

Berkshire-Hathaway subsidiary Clayton Homes grabs the spotlight with the introduction of its green (and inexpensive) i-House How critical is affordability when builders get deep into green construction? One market observer says that, because of our current economic struggles, cost continues to take on an outsized role in the future of green homebuilding.

Oases of Green Thinking in New Mexico

Posted on April 26,2015 by Fretboard in green building

A homes tour in the Santa Fe area features properties certified under Build Green New Mexico and LEED for Homes

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