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Bringing green homes within reach: healthier housing for more people.

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That makes green homes bright spots in an otherwise dismal housing market facing its worst slump in decades... To everyone’s benefit, green homes link sustainable materials and practices with better human and environmental health. “You’re really looking at a tripod of components,” says David Johnston, president of green building consultancy What’s Working and author of Green from the Ground Up, a forthcoming book on sustainable residential design. “First, energy efficiency has to be above minimal code requirements for your climate... For the USGBC and others in the green building community, changing cost perceptions has become a top priority... Steve Konstantino, who runs Maine Green Building Supply in Portland, says a wealth of cost-effective options are available to consumers... Providing a thermal break, or insulating around your studs, will maximize your coverage. ” Custom woodworker Skimmer Hellier, who owns and designed the green home described earlier, cautions that with an airtight interior, it’s important to avoid toxic materials indoors. “If you’re building a super-insulated house and you put in some type of synthetic wall-to-wall carpeting, you could be dealing with some troublesome air quality issues,” he says. “You’ve got to avoid formaldehyde or VOCs in paints—offgassing is something you’ve got to pay attention to. ” But ultimately, airtight homes are healthier for their inhabitants, Hellier adds, in part because they block drafts where moist air gets into the wall cavity and condenses at dew points inside the wall—a chief cause of mold growth behind wallboard. (It’s important to note that other steps, for instance, tight roofing and overhangs to prevent water intrusion, in addition to appropriately placed vapor barriers in wall structures, can also block mold growth.) Briley adds that passive solar design can be augmented by incorporating thermal mass inside the house, using heavy, dense materials such as concrete slabs under floor-boards or masonry fireplaces in sunny rooms... Kats’s investigations have revealed the average “green premium” for sustainable design totals no more than $3–5 per square foot, generally to cover added insulation, double- or triple-glazed windows, high-efficiency appliances, and in some cases, a builder’s learning curve... But the premium dwindles as builders gain experience and professional contacts in the field, Johnston says. “We’ve found that the first time builders build green, the houses run about ten percent higher,” he explains. “But then they get their materials and subcontractors figured out, so that the second house costs three percent more and by the time they get to the third house, costs aren’t any more than one percent higher. ” The main thing to consider with green design is positive monthly cash flow, Johnston emphasizes. “If savings from energy conservation are greater than the increase in the monthly cost of the mortgage or construction loan, then the homeowner is literally making money month after month,” he says. “Energy conservation is not a cost, it’s an investment that only gets more valuable over time... Dana Bourland, who heads the Green Communities Initiative, says Enterprise developed standards through its own “green communities criteria,” which were based on input from several expert organizations in health, planning, and architecture... The standards closely mirror those found in the LEED for Homes program, she adds. “Low-income families in some ways have the most to gain from healthier homes,” she says. “Too many of them live in substandard housing that heightens risks for asthma and other respiratory illnesses... PV costs, Warner explains, correlate directly with panel size... Therefore, the best way to reduce price is by modifying materials to make them thinner and more efficient in terms of converting light to power... Still others are starting their careers as certified green builders. “All we need is more people to transform the market place and educate the public,” Briley says. “It will just serve to make us and our buildings better. ” http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/ Building America is a public–private partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that assembles segments of the building industry that traditionally work independently of one another... The Buildings section on its website offers practical tips on saving energy and money in households and presents a look at the institute’s Built Environment Team, which provides consulting services to developers, architects, and other real estate professionals to help them incorporate cutting-edge efficiency processes in their projects. http://www.usgbc.org/ The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, which rates buildings according to the incorporation of sustainable practices.

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Bringing green homes within reach: healthier housing for more people.

Schmidt CW - Environ. Health Perspect. (2008)

CarpetLow-pile and natural-fiber carpeting traps fewer allergens. Installing carpet with tacks instead of glue also reduces indoor air concentrations of VOCs.
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That makes green homes bright spots in an otherwise dismal housing market facing its worst slump in decades... To everyone’s benefit, green homes link sustainable materials and practices with better human and environmental health. “You’re really looking at a tripod of components,” says David Johnston, president of green building consultancy What’s Working and author of Green from the Ground Up, a forthcoming book on sustainable residential design. “First, energy efficiency has to be above minimal code requirements for your climate... For the USGBC and others in the green building community, changing cost perceptions has become a top priority... Steve Konstantino, who runs Maine Green Building Supply in Portland, says a wealth of cost-effective options are available to consumers... Providing a thermal break, or insulating around your studs, will maximize your coverage. ” Custom woodworker Skimmer Hellier, who owns and designed the green home described earlier, cautions that with an airtight interior, it’s important to avoid toxic materials indoors. “If you’re building a super-insulated house and you put in some type of synthetic wall-to-wall carpeting, you could be dealing with some troublesome air quality issues,” he says. “You’ve got to avoid formaldehyde or VOCs in paints—offgassing is something you’ve got to pay attention to. ” But ultimately, airtight homes are healthier for their inhabitants, Hellier adds, in part because they block drafts where moist air gets into the wall cavity and condenses at dew points inside the wall—a chief cause of mold growth behind wallboard. (It’s important to note that other steps, for instance, tight roofing and overhangs to prevent water intrusion, in addition to appropriately placed vapor barriers in wall structures, can also block mold growth.) Briley adds that passive solar design can be augmented by incorporating thermal mass inside the house, using heavy, dense materials such as concrete slabs under floor-boards or masonry fireplaces in sunny rooms... Kats’s investigations have revealed the average “green premium” for sustainable design totals no more than $3–5 per square foot, generally to cover added insulation, double- or triple-glazed windows, high-efficiency appliances, and in some cases, a builder’s learning curve... But the premium dwindles as builders gain experience and professional contacts in the field, Johnston says. “We’ve found that the first time builders build green, the houses run about ten percent higher,” he explains. “But then they get their materials and subcontractors figured out, so that the second house costs three percent more and by the time they get to the third house, costs aren’t any more than one percent higher. ” The main thing to consider with green design is positive monthly cash flow, Johnston emphasizes. “If savings from energy conservation are greater than the increase in the monthly cost of the mortgage or construction loan, then the homeowner is literally making money month after month,” he says. “Energy conservation is not a cost, it’s an investment that only gets more valuable over time... Dana Bourland, who heads the Green Communities Initiative, says Enterprise developed standards through its own “green communities criteria,” which were based on input from several expert organizations in health, planning, and architecture... The standards closely mirror those found in the LEED for Homes program, she adds. “Low-income families in some ways have the most to gain from healthier homes,” she says. “Too many of them live in substandard housing that heightens risks for asthma and other respiratory illnesses... PV costs, Warner explains, correlate directly with panel size... Therefore, the best way to reduce price is by modifying materials to make them thinner and more efficient in terms of converting light to power... Still others are starting their careers as certified green builders. “All we need is more people to transform the market place and educate the public,” Briley says. “It will just serve to make us and our buildings better. ” http://www.eere.energy.gov/buildings/building_america/ Building America is a public–private partnership sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy that assembles segments of the building industry that traditionally work independently of one another... The Buildings section on its website offers practical tips on saving energy and money in households and presents a look at the institute’s Built Environment Team, which provides consulting services to developers, architects, and other real estate professionals to help them incorporate cutting-edge efficiency processes in their projects. http://www.usgbc.org/ The U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) oversees the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program, which rates buildings according to the incorporation of sustainable practices.

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