Other Articles about Green Building

The Green Building Pyramid

Green Building Pyramid The Green Building Pyramid lays out very clearly how to set up your priorities so that you can end up with a home that is truly energy efficient. Click on a link below to open a larger image in a separate window Low-resolution PDF (672KB) High-resolution PDF (3MB) The Green Building Pyramid [...]

By |2019-11-07T16:58:01-05:00November 7th, 2019|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

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|

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 |2019-01-24T15:10:49-05:00January 24th, 2019|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

What is Passive Solar and How Does It Work?

Guest Author: Julie Scott With an increased focus on greener building and energy efficiency, the term “passive solar” is being used more and more. Not to be confused with solar panels, passive solar is the use of the natural environment in a way that optimizes the internal temperature of a home. Rather than relying [...]

By |2019-05-10T15:22:47-04:00June 4th, 2018|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Tips for Making Your Pool More Eco-Friendly

Guest Author: Jennifer Dawson, Writer for: PoolCareGuy Some people may argue that there is no such thing as an eco-friendly pool. As pool maintenance often requires the use of harmful chemicals, which contribute greenhouse gases to the ecosystem, many believe pools cannot be made “green” at all. But this simply isn’t the case. There are [...]

By |2018-08-21T15:38:46-04:00May 8th, 2018|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

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 [...]

By |2019-11-05T13:37:08-05:00December 15th, 2017|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Tips for Making Homes Easier to Live in Longer

Here are some tips for making your home more accessible and safer if you plan on living in your home into retirement. It can also be useful if you are planning a home where your parents will live in or for making their home more accessible and safer. It's helpful to think ahead when [...]

By |2018-08-21T15:37:21-04:00April 17th, 2017|Categories: Other Articles about 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 [...]

By |2019-10-01T14:00:04-04:00July 27th, 2016|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|Tags: , |

Is Green Building Too Expensive?

Is Green Building Too Expensive? By Kevin Ireton Editor, Fine Homebuilding 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 |2019-11-11T13:39:46-05:00August 12th, 2015|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Design/Bid – A Problematic 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 [...]

By |2018-11-15T13:50:40-05:00June 2nd, 2015|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|Tags: , |

Green Building Means Healthy Housing

As green builders, we talk a lot about the energy savings and the environmental value of our sustainable, high-performance approach. Now, homeowners are increasingly interested in another aspect of our green home building: the indoor-air quality expertise that enables us to build homes that won’t make them sick. You see, there’s a difference between green [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:47:44-04:00April 18th, 2013|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|Tags: |

Passive Houses: High Style with Low Costs

As with many green trends, momentum for the Passivhaus movement began with homeowners willing to invest a little more up front to build sustainably and create durable, healthy homes that would continue to preserve the environment for decades to come. Today, however, the good news is that passive houses are not only sustainable, they’re becoming [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:48:02-04:00April 15th, 2013|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

How Sustainable Building Takes Preservation to the Next Level

When most people think about sustainability, they usually think a “sustainable builder” has to specialize in building new, modern-looking homes. What’s interesting is that sustainability has long been a core principle in the preservation of older homes. Jean Carroon, chair of the AIA’s Historic Resources Committee and author of Sustainable Preservation: Greening Existing Buildings, points [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:48:16-04:00April 2nd, 2013|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Drafty at Home? Energy Leaks Come to Light

One of purposes of a Home Energy Audit is to find and fix things that are running up your energy bill. Inside the home, energy culprits include your lighting – but it’s not just the light bulbs themselves that can lead to unnecessary energy costs. Our home energy auditors can always suggest switching from incandescent [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:48:38-04:00March 26th, 2013|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|

Could Building a Green Custom Home Lower Your Mortgage

As a custom green builder, I know for a fact that the savings of living in a green custom home can be considerable.  Just how considerable was pointed out in an article I recently read that explored the connection between green houses and mortgages. The article was based on a new study of 71,000 home [...]

By |2018-08-30T14:51:01-04:00February 12th, 2013|Categories: Other Articles about Green Building|