Kitchen or bath existing space

Blog Review: Kitchen-Exchange

Posted on April 27,2015 by ScottG in Kitchen or bath existing space

Peggy Deras is a certified kitchen designer and certified interior designer in the San Francisco Bay area who launched her Kitchen-Exchange blog as a companion to her Web site, Kitchen Artworks.

Greenest Room in the House

Posted on April 27,2015 by Mike_Maines in efficiency

Kitchens of the past were often dark, cramped places where a solitary cook would toil. Now that it has evolved into the social hub of the house, people usually want the kitchen to be open to living areas. They also want windows to bring in natural light and ventilation. Meanwhile multiple cooks, helpers, and visitors need their own places in the kitchen, and a multitude of small appliances are considered essential, straining the traditional work triangle.

A smart switch enables a bath fan to meet ventilation needs

Posted on April 27,2015 by user-756436 in Green Building News

This switch keeps track of fan run time

MARSHFIELD, Mass. — Lipidex Corporation, the manufacturer of the AirCycler control for supply ventilation systems, has developed a sophisticated switch for bathroom exhaust fans. Retailing for about $47, the SmartExhaust switch has the same features as EFI's fan delay switch — plus additional features that really make the switch stand out.

Provide for paper recycling

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath addition

**Provide a recycling receptacle in a home office or other household space where wastepaper is generated.**

Additional storage may be required in a garage or utility room, especially for newspaper subscribers.

Further Resources

Setting up a Home Office: Making Environmental Choices [Outdoor Trash and Recycling Receptacles](

Choose salvaged wood

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath addition

**Salvaged lumber can be of exceptional quality.**

Choose high-efficiency T8 fluorescent lamps

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath addition

**Good light at low operating costs** T8 fluorescent lamps are extremely efficient. They can produce a wide variety of casts of light ("color temperatures") and are capable of producing very good color rendition. The most common tube length is four feet, but T8s also are available for eight-foot fixtures. T8 refers to the diameter of the fluorescent tube, in eighths of an inch; a T8 lamp measures one inch in diameter.

Specify Energy Star appliances

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath addition

**Rated appliances use less energy** Dishwashers with an Energy Star rating are at least 25% more efficient than minimum federal standards. The minimum energy factor for Energy Star dishwashers is .58, versus a federal factor of .46. Energy Star refrigerators exceed the 2001 minimum federal efficiency standards by 10%. If Energy Star models are not available, compare the annual energy use ratings of each brand to choose the most efficient machine.

Use drain-water heat-recovery systems to preheat water

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath addition

**Without it, energy dollars go right down the drain** A heat-recovery system captures heat from drain-water that would otherwise be lost. The simplest systems consist of a section of copper drain line wrapped with copper tubing and no storage tanks. These systems recover heat only when water is being drawn simultaneously (for a shower, for example). These are still quite cost effective, and have no moving parts to fail. One potential pitfall: A heat-recovery system could actually lead to increased water use for showers because the hot water won't run out as quickly.

Use paint with higher gloss for high traffic areas

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath addition

**Glossy paints have a harder surface.** High-gloss paints are a good bet in bathrooms, kitchens, and other high-traffic rooms. The harder surface resists wear, and glossy paints hold up to frequent washing more successfully. Many painters have long preferred oil-based enamel paints, but newer high-sheen, waterborne acrylic paints offer excellent performance and are lower in volatile organic compounds.

Learn more in the Green Building Encyclopedia

[Integrated Design Overview](node/7658 "Finishes/Materials")

Test for lead on painted surfaces and in surface dust

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath expanded existing space

**Lead is a serious health threat.** Although paint containing lead has been banned since 1978, it's still present in many older houses. Lead paint can be found in as many as 74% of private homes built before 1980 and an even larger percentage of public housing, most often on the exterior. Testing for lead paint is a simple operation but must involve all layers of paint. Lead encapsulation paints may be an option, although contamination may require help from a licensed professional.

Use cabinets made from greener materials

Posted on April 27,2015 by Peterbilt in Kitchen or bath addition

**Manufacturers are getting the green thing.** Some stock and semi-custom cabinets are made from solid wood or veneer certified by the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC) and less toxic finishes. In addition, cabinet boxes can be made from sheet materials that off-gas less formaldehyde than conventional particleboard or interior-grade plywood. When cabinets are totally custom, homeowners can specify all environmentally friendly materials.

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