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Interesting 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 energy when what’s generated exceeds the building’s usage. Once very challenging to accomplish, ZNEBs are becoming more common in NESEA’s region. As this happens, it’s apparent that there are strategies that most of these buildings share, that permit us to begin to codify best practices for these homes and other buildings. As you’ll see, the energy system itself comes last.

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Reprinted with the permission of The Northeast Sustainable Energy Association.

Certifiably Green

by Brita Belli
Green Home 2013

Homeowners looking to build green have plenty of certification programs to choose from, but they all revolve around one key principle – saving energy.

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Reprinted with the permission of Green Home 2013.

Save the Icing for Last

by Alex Wilson, May 1, 2009

Before considering high-profile features, such as wind turbines and photovoltaic arrays, we should focus on the basics of green building.

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Provided with permission of, from the editors of Environmental Building News.

The American House: Where Did We Go Wrong?

By Kevin Ireton
Editor, Fine Homebuilding

The houses we build today evolved in response to the availability of cheap fossil fuels. That’s why you can routinely find new houses in Texas with air-conditioning systems installed in uninsulated, 140° attics and homes in New England with no windows on the south side.

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Kevin Ireton is the editor of Fine Homebuilding. Reprinted with permission.

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 show a return, let alone pay us back. Kids made no sense.

I’m joking, of course. Looking just at the monetary cost of having kids not only ignores other costs – a parent’s time, for instance – but more important, it fails to account for the tremendous emotional rewards paid out over a lifetime. No one in their right mind would decide whether to have children based solely on the financial equation. The issue is more complicated.
So is green building.

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Kevin Ireton is the editor of Fine Homebuilding. Reprinted with permission.

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