Green News more fitting then GBA At least The Journal Of Light Building Construction is still out there for those of us who are still interested in the building part of construction instead of the political posturing that seems to have invaded GBA. I think my subscription there is a fraction of what it cost to belong to GBA. The sad thing is that those of us who want the building portion of this site have to pay for it while those that just click on for the more political articles get it for free so we end up subsidizing the the political articles! Why not lower the subscription cost and charge everyone the same price. GBA really needs to change the name to something that is more true to the content. Perhaps Green News. When Delta dropped the NRA I think they reported a total of 14 people had used the discount program. I bet more then 14 people dropped Delta after their cave to political pressure. The one climate change that no one can deny is the change in the political climate and how it has invaded everything we read and do. Hey I was even called a Nazi on this site and Martin didn't bother to take that down so much for building.
Posted: 09:39 am on March 27th 2018
Why is GBA running ads against Fed EX? Why does 475 bother to announce the change in who they use to ship products? In the end it isn't about them making a choice for their own business but they are trying to put pressure on Fed Ex to end the discount program they have with NRA members. My goal is the same. I would like GBA to end the discount program where they give free access to the portion of the site that frequently post articles of a political nature while charging steeply for the building side. If non building articles like the above are of value to GBA readers why not charge for them as well. Say if 50% of readers are non payers and 50% payers why not charge everyone and reduce the subscription rate by half? What is 475's goal. If Fed Ex ended the discount program would they be satisfied? Why not go a step further and only sell products to non gun owners or at least require buyers to check a box that they don't belong to the NRA?
Posted: 09:49 am on March 28th 2018
New homes are good old are bad It would seem that a score card will end up highlighting newer homes as energy efficient while older homes will be energy hogs.. If someone tears down an older modest size home and replaces it with a much larger "green" home isn't it possible that the energy consumed by both homes could be identical? Say I have a 2000 sq ft home and my neighbors have a 4000 sq ft home that is twice as energy efficient will both homes score the same? In a previous article it was pointed out that a low flow shower head isn't always what determines the amount of water use but the time in the shower can be the bigger factor. Homeowner behavior is a factor as well. I think I once read somewhere that some of the greenest homes built aren't the ones featured in green publications but instead huts in Africa.
Posted: 09:18 am on April 6th 2018
Cause and effect My folks had a pool and it was a huge community builder in our family. That is the reason my kids are so connected to their extended family. I wouldn't want the work that goes into a pool but will be forever thankful for the opportunity it gave us. I would say more but I have to drop my daughter off at her summer job at one of the two public pools in our community supported by the huge property taxes from all the over size homes.
Posted: 09:10 am on May 31st 2018
Interested in articles about small homes greener Martin I'm interested in reading about how smaller homes are"greener" Maybe a comparison of say how a smaller existing home may be "greener" then a newly built "energy" efficient one. This particular article doesn't seem to have any conversation about "green" building unless I'm missing it. Please point out say one sentence. "Green" building is dependent on trained motivated individuals that are committed to the trades. Fine Home Building has responded to this challenge through the Keeping the Craft Alive segment to help promote the trades. This author does the exact opposite. When this author refers to those of us who earn our livings keeping homes up as "servants" I take offense. Sorry that isn't how I view the guy that came to fix my air conditioner or my friend that runs a landscaping business and it isn't the feeling a get from my customers when I work on their homes. Maybe the unhappiness from income inequality is growing because it is being taught to our kids by the college professors that look down on work like mowing a lawn as equivalent to slavery. I actually enjoy mowing my lawn. I fear for my kids as they enter college.
Posted: 09:33 am on June 1st 2018
Great article When I read your blog on the California Model the first thing that came to my mind was if requiring solar on all new homes would offset the increased energy usage from growing recreational marijuana. Just how much of a difference does solar on 58,000 additional homes per year make in a state with 12 million homes? It would seem to me what is needed is utility size programs that are on a scale that actually have an impact instead of putting the burden on individual homeowners. With their right hand they pass laws that will increase the cost of new homes under the idea that we must reduce energy consumption even at the expense of affordable housing. Then with their left hand they legalize recreational marijuana without any thought on the impact it will have on energy consumption likely undoing any reductions through tougher codes on homes. Are these elected officials really all that concerned about actually reducing energy usage or are they just passing laws that win them votes and make them feel like they are doing something? I have read articles that in part of Northern California drug growers use such a large percentage of the homes to grow marijuana that they drive up the cost of homes pricing homes out of the reach of those who need a place to live. Why don't they pass laws that require the use of natural light for the production. Oh I forgot that would reduce the potency and we wouldn't want to do that.
Posted: 09:27 am on June 8th 2018
Median house size I recently read that about half of all housing permits are issued for apartments and multifamily units. Are these units counted towards the average house size or is new living space actually much smaller then reported when theses multifamily units are included.
Posted: 08:13 pm on June 19th 2018
European output of CO2 up ours down I recently read that Europe's CO2 output increased 1.5% while ours decreased .05%. According to the U.S Energy Information Administration energy report from 2005 to 2017 U.S energy related emissions of carbon dioxide plunged by 861 million metric tons a 14% drop. 14% seems pretty good to me. I hope all the effort we are taking on reducing energy usage has had some payoff. Hybrid cars, electric cars, solar energy, wind energy, LED bulbs, stricter building codes,net zero homes... If we have taken all these steps and are in as bad a situation as ever then maybe all the cures we are being sold are just snake oil.
Posted: 09:14 am on July 13th 2018
Canada nearly = to USA @Dana Thanks for the insight. It inspired me to dig deeper. Who would have guessed the CO2 per capita in Canada is nearly equal to ours. I would have thought Canadians were more progressive and thus would have a similar output to a European country.
Posted: 09:17 am on July 14th 2018
Caring doesn't equal action Does the climate change denying blue collar republican living in a trailer in the Midwest have a larger carbon foot print then a Silicone Valley liberal true believer living in a 8000 square foot house? Just because someone self reports as "caring" about something doesn't mean there actions match their words. I would bet the latest and greatest McMansion in my neighborhood is just as likely to be owned by a Democrat as a Republican. Consider the liberal change to legalize marijuana in states. The results is a 2-3% increase in electric consumption. Our local electric utility has an energy efficiency program where they pay to pick up old working refrigerators trying to reduce the number of second refrigerators in use. At the same time pot growers are plugging in the equivalent of 12 refrigerators to grow one plant! The democrat party cared a lot about health insurance. They created the Affordable Care Act. My health insurance more then doubled in cost. My plan use to allow me access to the same hospitals that the most successful CEO or elite entertainer could go to. Now you can not buy a plan that includes the 4-5 teaching hospitals within 20 minutes of my home. All their "caring" destroyed my health insurance. I'm tired of equating caring with actual results.
Posted: 09:43 am on July 14th 2018