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How To Make Your Bathroom More Eco-Friendly

What do you think of when you hear “green home?” For most people, it’s energy efficiency. For others, it’s eco-friendly building materials. Unless you live in a severely drought-stressed area, water conservation is unlikely to be the first thing to come to mind. However, most people don’t realize how much energy is burned to deliver [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:24:38+00:00 July 27th, 2016|Categories: Green Building, Home Renovations|Tags: , |

Why Isn’t Every Home Built Green? (part 2)

In last month’s column (part 1 can be found at The Home Monthly), I made the case for the importance of energy efficiency and sustainability in the construction of new homes and renovation of existing. I promised that in my next column I would suggest options for learning and training, whether you are a builder [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:24:38+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: Green Building|

Why Isn’t Every Home Built Green? (part 1)

The following excerpt is from an article by Mike Trolle that was originally posted in The Home Monthly in November, 2015. I don’t know, and I can’t figure it out. The importance of energy efficiency and sustainability are no longer debatable and are highly valued by home buyers, according to the NAHB (National Association of [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:24:39+00:00 December 4th, 2015|Categories: Green Building|

A Personal Journey: Building My Own Passive House (part 11)

The rear exterior of my Passive House Those of you who have hung with me through this extended series of blogs now have a pretty good idea about how a highly energy efficient house is put together. You know that it’s not just lots of insulation between the framing members, it’s also a [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:24:39+00:00 October 29th, 2015|Categories: Green Building, Green Custom Homes, Passive House|Tags: |

A Personal Journey: Building My Own Passive House (part 10)

This is an energy recovery ventilator which runs 24/7/365 to bring fresh air into the house while recovering the energy in the air to essentially pre-heat the fresh air. It uses about as much energy as a CFL light bulb. Because my heating requirements are so small, my house does not need a [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:24:39+00:00 October 19th, 2015|Categories: Green Building, Green Custom Homes, Passive House|Tags: , |

A Personal Journey: Building My Own Passive House (part 9)

In my previous blogs, I’ve written about how the foundation, walls, and roof of my house are built using familiar American construction materials; but they are framed, air-sealed, and insulated somewhat differently from conventional building practice to create a thermal envelope that requires much less energy to heat and cool than a typical new home [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:24:39+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Categories: Green Building, Green Custom Homes, Passive House|Tags: , |

A Personal Journey: Building My Own Passive House (part 8)

Let me answer the rhetorical question I asked at the end of part 7 of this series.  Why does the triple glazing (three separate panes of glass) in most European windows and doors (W&D) have much better insulating values than the triple glazing in most American windows?  After all, besides having the same three panes [...]

By | 2016-10-19T11:24:39+00:00 October 5th, 2015|Categories: Green Building, Green Custom Homes, Passive House|Tags: , |

Design/Bid – A Bad Way to Build a Home

The Design/Bid Approach for Custom Homes and Renovations Can Lead to Problems One of the ways to go about designing and building a custom home or a home renovation is the design/bid method. The design/bid approach is one in which homeowners and their architect develop plans based on what the homeowner is looking for and [...]