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How to Cheat* at LEED for Homes

Posted on February 28,2015 by CarlSeville in LEED for Homes

The subject of many of my talks, as well as a chapter in the upcoming green building textbook I am co-authoring is the concept of “Green From the Start.” I realize this isn’t all that original, but it is critically important and is always worth repeating, at least until everyone understands and actually does it – then I suppose we can all shut up and go home.

Architects Talking About Air Barriers

Posted on February 28,2015 by ChrisBriley in air barrier

With cocktails in their hands, architects Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan discuss green building and design issues in a casual, pithy format Join the guys for a drink as Chris and Phil look at air barriers — one of “The Big Three” topics (along with insulation and windows) of green construction. Sit back, relax, and be “edutained” — while you work, drive, exercise or do whatever you do while you podcatch.

Green Basics Integrated Design
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Chip wood on site for use in erosion control

Posted on February 28,2015 by Peterbilt in New construction

**Put waste wood to good use** Chipped or ground wood waste can be put in tubular mesh filter socks and used for soil retention. Chips also can be placed at the entrance of the building site to reduce erosion. But there are caveats: don't use pressure-treated wood or wood composites and make sure that local regulations permit the use of engineered wood waste for mulching and soil-erosion control.

Design a house with building-material dimensions in mind

Posted on February 28,2015 by Peterbilt in Add a floor above

**Reduce construction waste by planning around standard dimensions** Panel goods used in walls and floors, for example, are available in 4-ft. by 8-ft. sheets, so sizing the building with those dimensions in mind minimizes waste by reducing the number of oddly sized cutoffs. Room dimensions, ceiling heights and roof pitches all can be planned in 2-ft. increments to take accommodate standard lengths of dimensional lumber. The practice saves time, materials and disposal costs. Some building components can be ordered in panelized form to eliminate all job site waste.

Green Basics The Building Envelope
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