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Green Veggies Versus a Green Home

(originally published in The Home Monthly, January 2013) Everyone knows that green vegetables are good for you, but for most people veggies don’t top their lists of favorite foods.  So is a green home good for you in the same way, where you have to make compromises and put up with a second rate home?  [...]

By | 2017-06-23T16:09:35+00:00 June 25th, 2017|Categories: Articles By BPC, Green Building, Green Custom Homes|

Mike Offers Insights On Green Building

(originally published in The Home Monthly, December 2012) Imagine your future home. It has no central heating or cooling system but is incredibly comfortable, with no drafts or cold spots.  In fact, the temperature rarely changes by more than a degree or two from your desired setting year round.  A little wall-hung heat pump in [...]

By | 2017-06-23T16:17:10+00:00 June 21st, 2017|Categories: Articles By BPC, Green Building|

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 | 2017-06-20T09:48:55+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 | 2017-06-20T09:48:55+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 | 2017-06-20T09:48:56+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 | 2017-06-20T09:48:56+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 | 2017-06-20T09:48:56+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 | 2017-06-20T09:48:56+00:00 October 13th, 2015|Categories: Green Building, Green Custom Homes, Passive House|Tags: , |