green remodel

Aiming for Passive House in Texas

Posted on April 26,2015 by Fretboard in Austin

The original plan was to demolish the 1955-vintage three-bedroom house and then construct in its place a home that performs to the Passivhaus standard. According to the builder, Equitable Green Group (EEG), the old house was in relatively poor condition. But one feature of the old building saved it from complete demolition: a portion of the exterior siding contained asbestos, whose safe removal, EGG determined, would cost more than leaving the affected walls in place and rebuilding from there.

Construction Process Part Two: Contractor Selection

Posted on April 26,2015 by Peterbilt in Building performance

I have about a half dozen green contractor attributes to consider, but let’s start with a baseline: NOT green (behind the ears…).

Lead-based paint and green remodeling

Posted on April 26,2015 by Peterbilt in EPA

The paint problem Lead improved paint’s performance; it made paint more durable, moisture-resistant, and faster-drying. That sounds pretty green. Unfortunately, lead also makes paint a human health hazard, particularly to kids. Not even close to green. Tiny amounts can permanently damage a child’s growing brain, resulting in IQ loss, learning disabilities, and behavioral problems. Contrary to the myth, kids don’t typically eat paint chips; they ingest lead dust from ordinary (and frequent) hand-to-mouth contact.

Victorian Haus Party in London

Posted on April 26,2015 by Fretboard in green remodel

Energy efficiency remodels can present plenty of technical and financial challenges, but sometimes the biggest challenge for clients and contractors is to be patient. That seemed to be the case, at least, for a team that applied Passivhaus standards to the refurbishment of a three-story Victorian townhouse in a conservation area of northeast London.

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