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Building Green

Unclear on what it means to Build Green? Green building means building houses that are energy efficient, durable, and won’t make people sick after they move in. It also means using less materials and making better use of the ones … Continue reading

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What is Green Building?

Green building is the next step in quality. Green building is an approach to construction that can be applied to public and commercial buildings as well as the houses we live in. It guides every step of design and construction, … Continue reading

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Why Is Green Building Suddenly Such a Big Deal?

There are a lot of reasons why green building is suddenly a big deal Sustainable building isn’t exactly a new phenomenon, but it has certainly taken root in a way that earlier efforts to change residential construction did not. Chalk … Continue reading

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Do Green Houses Cost More to Build Than Regular Houses?

Green is often less expensive when all things are considered Sustainable building often seems more expensive than conventional building. Many of the building materials that make houses more durable and easier to heat and cool aren’t cheap. Complicated systems that … Continue reading

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What’s Wrong With The Way Regular Houses Are Built?

One word: Waste. It would be ridiculous to suggest that every house constructed in advance of the green-building boom is substandard, although some of them clearly are. There are many New England farmhouses entering their third century of service that … Continue reading

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Are green houses designed any differently?

Yes, or at least they should be Here’s how it works with conventional construction: an architect draws up plans, which are turned into construction drawings. A general contractor hires a series of subcontractors, each with a specialty. Some of the … Continue reading

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Do Green Houses Have to Look Weird?

In a word, no. But they can if you want them to. The boom in passive solar design during the 1970s encouraged lots of owner-builders to construct energy-efficient houses. Some excellent books on energy conservation and building theory were published … Continue reading

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What Is Green Certification, And How Does It Work?

A certified home meets certain construction standards that should translate into increased energy conservation, healthy indoor air and lower operating costs. There is not, however, a single government or private agency that doles out certifications—and that’s where it can get … Continue reading

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Can Houses be “Too Insulated ” or “Too Tight”?

No. Green homes are insulated well, tightly built, and well ventilated Let’s take these issues one at a time. The “too tight” theory holds that houses need to breathe. Traditionalists can point to old houses and claim the only reason … Continue reading

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Do I Need A Specialist to Build A Green House?

Anyone can build green, but better builders find the transition easier In theory, any contractor could build a green house because the step-by-step process isn’t dramatically different from the ones used for building any other kind of house. It’s not … Continue reading

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