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Sprout mag 2007 winter Main The Durable Green Home
Reading the article in the 2007 volume 4 issue on retrofitting your home the author makes comment on how the green building movement has not made a substantial impact on the improvement of consumption of energy in buildings. I think the Author is referring to the number of new homes compared to the existing home market and the need for improvement. I want to point out the these Green programs have significantly improved the new residential construction practices in our nation.



the Author  is correct that the  existing home market has not had the attention for energy efficiency that the new homes have gotten, and that improvements have been little to none on energy efficiency. There is however significant improvements across the nation with the promotion of Home performance with Energy Star program that has been developed and is rapidly growing across the country. This program promotes diagnostic services to improve existing homes. search www.energystar.gov for more  information and   many tips on home  improvements that a home  owner can take  to reduce their energy consumption. The problem is many homeowners  do  not address the problems  correctly, or  spend  money in the wrong areas first. so use the tools, and follow the Recommendations in the proper order, and for best  results hire a home performance contractor to test your home and make recommendations. www.natresnet.org

Tips and home  energy evaluation services can be  found  at your local utility company or through the www.energystar.gov site. Keep in mind that a home performance contractor may make  recommendations for Durability improvement ( flashing, water intrusion, vapor barrier, CO alarm, ventilation, etc) while these may not improve energy efficiency it  will solve problems that lead to costly repairs of most homes. I will disagree that most homes last 75 years as the Author comments, older homes yes, homes built in the last 15  years in most of the nation will not last 10  years without costly repairs due to the lack  of  priority in durability that has been partially fueled by the consumer ( $ / sq-ft) and grossly robust housing market. The market slow down (not collapse as some  would promote) has resulted in a more  realistic housing market and usually results in a higher quality product for  the consumer. Sometimes  we need a reality check  to weed out some of the bad, and focus on building  a home, not turning property.

Look for more to come  on improving  your existing home.


the Energy star residential program has succeeded in improving many of  the nations largest homebuilders products in the last 10 years resulting in hundreds of thousands of new homes that are 15-50% more efficient than the homes that  they built before energy star program was introduced.  view the annual report www.energystar.gov  This and many other Green building programs are drastically reducing the consumption of new homes and are pushing builders to offer even higher performing homes for the  consumer. While there are many "Green" building programs across  our nation, most of the credible programs address energy with Energy Star requirements or higher.

Posted by Tad Duby at 1/26/2008 6:21:00 PM
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