Need a green Kazoo
Remember Kazoo from the Flintstones cartoons? He hovered over Fred’s shoulder and helped him out with advice. That’s what I need now, but in the form of a green building expert. My family and I are planning to build a new home – what we hope will be the home are children grow up in and move out from. We’re looking at the long haul, so we want to make some good choices when it comes to our building envelope, heating and cooling, renewable energy, and various other “foundational” building aspects. We don’t care right now about pricey finishes and materials, we’re more focused on building a highly sustainable, energy efficient home that doesn’t require us to compromise on how we want to live in our house. Tall order, huh?
Now to the present – we are working with an architect friend on a plan. We’ve been through 5-6 iterations and have a floorplan that includes all of the spaces we want in a layout we like, but it’s WAY TOO BIG!! We’re also worried that some of our style choices (Craftsman) may result in more expense to build. I’ve received some great feedback from other green building forums, so I plan to try and incorporate some of those changes.
My question is (finally), what is your advice for finding a green Kazoo? I’d like to have someone help me evaluate our design, our construction choices, our materials & product choices, and most importantly help to keep me on the right path to building a green home. I’m open to suggestions.
I should mention that I live in area of the country with very little happening in terms of green building (Omaha NE).
Thanks a ton!
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