Now that the Green Building Advisor website is more than five years old, it has over 36,000 web pages. That’s a lot of pages. It’s no surprise that it can take a while to find what you are looking for in GBA’s massive archives.
If you are a relative newcomer to GBA, welcome! Here are a few pointers to help you find your way around GBA.
Where do I start?
If you are looking for some guideposts to better understand green building concepts, start with these two articles:
- For information on building a new green home, see Green Building for Beginners.
- For information on improving an existing home, see Energy Upgrades for Beginners.
Questions and answers
The best place to ask questions is on GBA’s Q&A page. You have to register at the GBA site before you can post a question, but registering is easy and free. In most cases, an editor or one of GBA’s readers will answer a question in less than 24 hours.
About half of all questions from GBA readers amount to variations of just three questions: How do I install rigid foam insulation on the outside of my walls? How do I insulate my cathedral ceiling? How do I insulate my basement walls?
For answers to these three recurring questions, the best place to start is to read these popular articles:
- How to Install Rigid Foam Sheathing
- How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling
- How to Insulate a Basement Wall
Where are the podcasts?
A reader recently posted a question: “How can I find GBA podcasts?”
GBA’s premier podcasters are Chris Briley and Phil Kaplan, hosts of the Green Architects’ Lounge. Visit that link to discover 37 of Chris and Phil’s podcasts.
Here are links to podcasts by Joe Lstiburek:
- The Perfect Wall, Roof, and Slab
- Rain Control in Energy Efficient Buildings
- Insulation Retrofits on Old Masonry Buildings
- Understanding Indoor Air Quality (Part 1)
- Understanding Indoor Air Quality (Part 2)
- Air Barrier or Vapor Barrier?
- Efflorescence = Water Damage
Here are links to podcasts by John Straube:
- How Air Affects a House (Part 1)
- How Air Affects a House (Part 2)
- Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 1)
- Why Does Green Building Matter? (Part 2)
- How Heat Moves Through Homes
- The History Of Insulation
Where are the videos?
There are links to most of our videos on GBA’s video landing page. Note that this page includes links only to the first video in any multi-part video series.
Links to other videos can be found in the index to the GBA Encyclopedia.
Which blogs attracted the most comments?
Some GBA blogs have attracted an unusual number of comments. If you’re interested in reading these “Comment Champions,” here is the list:
- 309 comments have been posted on It’s OK to Skimp On Insulation, Icynene Says
- 151 comments have been posted on Makeup Air for Range Hoods
- 148 comments have been posted on Radiant Barriers: A Solution in Search of a Problem
- 136 comments have been posted on How to Build an Insulated Cathedral Ceiling
- 129 comments have been posted on Solar Thermal is Dead
- 117 comments have been posted on How to Insulate a Basement Wall
- 116 comments have been posted on All About Radiant Floors
- 115 comments have been posted on Are Passivhaus Requirements Logical or Arbitrary?
- 109 comments have been posted on ‘Walls Need to Breathe’ and 9 Other Green Building Myths
More navigational pointers
Here are a few more tips:
- Access to blogs is free. Here is the link to the access page for GBA blogs: Recent blogs. The page displays the 10 most recent blogs; at the bottom of the page are arrows that can be used to open previous pages. Using these arrows, you can access all 1,625 published blogs.
- At the right-hand side of the “Recent blogs” page is a box with the heading, “Our Blogs.” Each of the sub-sections under that heading is a link to a page that lists blogs by categories. Click one of those links to access (for example) Musings of an Energy Nerd blogs, or Green Building Curmidgeon blogs, or Building Science blogs.
- Most blogs have a box on the left-hand side of the page called “Related Articles.” Selected by editors, the articles in these boxes provide additional in-depth information on the topic covered in the blog.
- GBA has a wealth of “members only” content that is reserved for GBA Pro subscribers. If you like what you’ve been reading for free, consider joining GBA Pro.
Hours of reading
By clicking the various tabs and links on the GBA site, you’ll discover dozens of GBA articles. If you’re looking for a specific topic, you can always use the GBA search box.