Green Home & Green Building Blog

Green Homes: A Way to Fight Climate Change

We’re Close to the Tipping Point A recent article in Fine Homebuilding magazine that discusses climate change and home building starts with this challenge to the building industry: "Faced with consequences equivalent to a giant asteroid set to hit the earth in 10 to 50 years, we designers and builders owe it to the [...]

By |2019-05-14T15:35:07-04:00April 28th, 2019|Categories: Climate Change & Environment|

CNN Article posted on Earth Day: We’re losing the war on climate change

As CNN's analysis by John D. Sutter from Monday, April 22, 2019, and titled "We're losing the war on climate change" leads off: "(CNN) For years now, people like environmentalist and journalist Bill McKibben have been screaming from the treetops that we need a World War II-scale mobilization to fight the scourge of climate change." [...]

By |2019-04-22T15:46:03-04:00April 22nd, 2019|Categories: Climate Change & Environment|

Home Indoor Air Quality, Indoor Air Pollution, Your Health, and Green Homes

  Your home’s Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) refers to the amount of indoor air pollutants within your home, which impacts the health and comfort of those living there. One of the advantages of homes built and certified as green homes, and which meet the US EPA Indoor airPLUS® certification standard, is that these homes [...]

By |2019-05-08T15:38:39-04:00April 12th, 2019|Categories: Health|

NOAA Spring Flood Outlook for US and BPC Service Area

According to the news release on the US Department of Commerce's NOAA website Spring Outlook: Historic, widespread flooding to continue through May  "Nearly two-thirds of the Lower 48 states face an elevated risk for flooding through May, with the potential for major or moderate flooding in 25 states, according to NOAA’s U.S. Spring Outlook [...]

By |2019-04-02T18:22:00-04:00April 2nd, 2019|Categories: Climate Change & Environment|

Your Home’s Thermal Envelope: Most Important Element for an Energy Efficient Home

"To Build it Right You Must Build it Tight" Michael Trolle, Principal and Cofounder of BPC Green Builders Your Home's "Building Envelope" is arguably the most important aspect of making a home energy efficient and comfortable. It is also a key element in making your home a healthy home. [...]

By |2019-04-19T18:31:55-04:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Green Tech, Other Articles about Green Building|

Utility Scale Good Green News: Better Batteries and Increased Renewable Energy Can Save Consumers Money

Even Utilities are starting to go green and that’s good for everyone. According to a recent article in Green Building Advisor called Big Batteries, Not New Power Plants, since 2014 about 50% of new US utility scale electric generation capacity has been from renewable sources mostly from solar and wind power. And because of [...]

By |2019-04-02T18:32:29-04:00March 28th, 2019|Categories: Green Tech|

First Confirmed Mammal Extinction Cause by Climate Change

Rising Sea-levels, Flooding and More Extreme Storms Caused by Climate Change and Failure to Mitigate Problems Blamed Scientific American reported on March 21, 2019, that the Australian government announced the world’s first extinction of a mammal caused by climate change. The mammal, called Bramble Cay Melomys, was determined to be extinct after an exhaustive [...]

By |2019-03-27T17:51:33-04:00March 27th, 2019|Categories: Climate Change & Environment|

Greenland’s Ice Loss 2002 – 2016

The mass of the Greenland ice sheet has rapidly declined in the last several years due to surface melting and iceberg calving. Research based on observations from the NASA/German Aerospace Center’s twin Gravity Recovery and Climate Experiment (GRACE) satellites indicates that between 2002 and 2016, Greenland shed approximately 280 gigatons of ice [...]

By |2019-03-27T17:51:54-04:00March 21st, 2019|Categories: Climate Change & Environment|

What Happens in the Arctic, Doesn’t Stay in the Arctic

Photo by Kristoffer Brink Jonsson from Pexels Temperatures in the Arctic are rising faster than other places on earth. But as explained in an article called “The Arctic Is Changing. Here’s How It Will Affect You” by Madison Dapcevich in IFLSCIENCE!, this increased Arctic warming also impacts other places in the world [...]

By |2019-03-27T17:52:47-04:00March 13th, 2019|Categories: Climate Change & Environment|

How This New Canaan, Connecticut Dream Home Earned its LEED Platinum Certification

LEED for Homes certification involves earning points in the eight categories listed below for a wide variety of green features. Here’s a breakdown of how the Kantor home earned sufficient points for its LEED for Homes Platinum certification. Innovation and Design • Integrated Project Planning – The owners began the project by selecting a team [...]

By |2019-01-25T13:30:02-04:00January 25th, 2019|Categories: Articles by Mike Trolle, BPC Principal|

13 Best Practices for Zero Net Energy Buildings

by Marc Rosenbaum The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association With ZNEBs becoming more common in NESEA country, we can begin to codify the strategies they share. A zero net energy building is one that uses no more energy annually than its renewable energy system generates. It imports energy when site resources are insufficient, and it exports [...]

By |2019-01-24T15:10:49-04:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Is Green Building Too Expensive?

By Kevin Ireton Editor, Fine Homebuilding Originally posted April 16, 2008 My wife and I decided not to have children. We just couldn’t make the numbers work. From prenatal care through college tuition, we were looking at half a million dollars. Minimum. And it would be 25 years before that investment would even begin to [...]

By |2019-03-27T17:52:28-04:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles about BPC|

Healthier Indoor Air, Making Every Breath Fresh and Filtered

By Cheryl Crabb The Hartford Courant, August 11, 2002 After months of renovation, Stacy Prince expects to breathe a lot easier once she and her family move back into their Westport home later this month. From the outside, the Prince's saltbox colonial will blend in easily with other houses on their street. One key [...]

By |2019-01-24T10:13:43-04:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Articles about BPC|