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Going Green, One Neighborhood at a Time, Worldwide

Aj Builder, Upstate NY Zone 6a | Posted in General Questions on

You all know that I have a hard time with talking incrementally as to green building.

We have to get with the program all of us and now and make some big changes in what we talk about and what we start doing.

Net zero on a localized group basis of all our existing housing stock. That should be the focus of green IMO.

And how to do this? We start with one house on every street in every community across the planet.

Just one house people. Join forces, together with group effort, funds and time and get one existing home up and net zero on each of our’s streets.

How hard can this be? A ponzi scheme for the good of all.

You all work out the details. I just think this is the way to Eden.

There’s an old African proverb that says “If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together.” We have to go far — quickly.

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  1. Kevin Dickson, MSME | | #2

    I agree. I've been buying some rental homes in a particular neighborhood with just that goal in mind (and hoping for a profit as well).

    Since the existing homes are near the end of their useful life, once you start weighing the options and crunching the numbers you find that scraping and rebuilding makes the most sense financially.

    In some cities there are thousands of vacant lots in old neighborhoods where new zero energy homes can go up, using the existing infrastructure. Here's a company in Philadelphia doing it already, and they are selling everything they touch before it's half done:

    For fun, I tried a "shallow green" retrofit last year on an existing house to test the market. I found that energy efficiency didn't matter at all to 95% of the buyers. The buyers' home inspectors didn't even notice that I had retrofit wall insulation.

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