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Old 12-19-2007, 06:41 PM
 
Location: New York, Westchester
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Has anyone built any thing green yet ????? Was it a lot more work??? did it cost a lot more?? were you happy with the end results.....etc.....
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Old 12-19-2007, 10:57 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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We have designed many homes that are "green" I can tell you to expect to pay 25-50% more for the house than you would with a similar traditionally built home. many are using "green block" which are concrete block with insulation inside of them, they are great as far as efficiency, but expensive as heck. high efficiency furnaces are also a bit on the high price, and windows ohh don't get me started on the window prices lol.

It is more work, more cost. but from What i have heard out of our clients, they find it worth while.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:46 AM
 
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Old 12-20-2007, 09:48 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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You can build an energy efficient house using standard materials and techniques as long as you pay attention to advances that have taken place over the last few years such as dual pane gas filled windows, high R value insulation, Energy Star appliances, efficient heating /cooling systems like a heat pump, and CF lighting.

It may be a lighter shade of GREEN than say a passive solar house with solar heating and LED lighting, but it won't put you in the RED either.
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Old 12-20-2007, 04:50 PM
 
Location: The 12th State
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A true going green home is putting up a tent
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Old 12-22-2007, 04:12 AM
 
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Old 12-22-2007, 06:26 AM
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Is it possible to share the link to that blog? You can PM if you'd like.

Thanks
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Old 12-22-2007, 09:02 AM
 
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I think most people misunderstand the meaning of a true "green" home. There is a Green Builders Assoc. which is very strict in its definitions. But most of us just want to know how to be more earth-friendly, using recycled content, renewable resources, energy efficient, etc. I think any effort that we make in that direction is a good one for everybody.

For a strictly defined "green" home, you can expect to pay 25% - 35% more than conventional materials. You are supposedly going to recoup those costs over a 5-10 year period. The jury is still out on that.

I sell flooring, and I sell a lot of bamboo flooring. It is a great renewable resource, since you don't harvest it like hardwoods, you just mow it, and 5-7 years later the same plant is ready to be mowed again. But it is strictly a Chinese product, and the political ramifications of child labor and sub-par wages tags it as not being green in the strictest sense. There are some some beautiful and well-made ceramic tile products that are made from a high percentage of recycled content, but since they are made out of the country, the shipping requires a great deal of fuel use to get it here, and thus is not considered "green". But both the tile and the bamboo flooring will still be more eco-friendly than, say, nylon carpet or vinyl flooring.

It's actually pretty difficult to create a totally green house. It should be a simpler process that attracts green-minded users, but the very people who encourage us to build "green" are the ones that clutter the industry with their political "restrictions" and judgements. Not on a rant here. Just frustrated with the process and guidelines.
Carry on.

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Old 12-22-2007, 09:50 AM
 
Location: Ocean Shores, WA
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A true going green home is putting up a tent ..
Not when you consider the materials and processes it took to make that tent.

A better choice would be to live in a cave.
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Old 12-22-2007, 02:45 PM
 
Location: Northglenn, Colorado
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eek, i would be afraid to put anything that holds moisture on a roof.

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