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Why Right-Sizing Your HVAC System is Best for Comfort, Energy Efficiency and Extending the Life of Your System

Guest Author: Michelle West It’s understandable why some people would think that the bigger the heating or cooling system, the more comfortable you and your family would be. After all, bigger HVAC units are more powerful, and therefore more capable of providing the best possible heating and cooling, right? There are also people who [...]

By | 2017-12-15T09:35:29+00:00 December 15th, 2017|Categories: Green Building, Guest Authors|

What Makes An HVAC System Last Longer

By Guest Author: Michelle West An HVAC system is expected to last 15 to 25 years. However, it is not uncommon for some HVAC units to last a lot less than that because of various factors. Everybody wants their HVAC system to last as long as it could. After all, an HVAC system is a [...]

By | 2017-12-13T16:30:58+00:00 December 12th, 2017|Categories: Guest Authors, Other|

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|