Green Building Construction Goes Mainstream: Sustainable Materials and Green Home Design

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Green Building Construction Goes Mainstream: Sustainable Materials and Green Home Design

  1. 1. Green Building Construction Goes Mainstream:Sustainable Materials and Green Home Design For more information on Green Home Design or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  2. 2. About Conservation Services GroupConservation Services Group is the market leader in residential energyefficiency in North America. Headquartered in Westborough, MA, thecompany has improved the efficiency, safety, comfort, affordability anddurability of more than two million homes since 1984.With proven, award‐winning expertise in residential energy efficiencyprogram delivery, CSG provides solutions with a long‐term vision thatincorporates the latest and most comprehensive program designs and energy‐efficiency technologies for a sustainable industry.For more information, visit http://www.csgrp.com.
  3. 3. Green Building ConstructionImagine dozens of scientists, scores of designersand architects, hundreds of mechanicalengineers, and thousands of other professionals,all joining efforts in a vast workshop wherebetter ways of human dwelling are forged.Not a mere fantasy, this describes the growingmovement toward green and healthy homedesign. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  4. 4. Building Green HomesEven if you haven’t thought much about thesustainable aspects of your home environment,this topic is getting hotter every day.More than a series of add‐on features, greenbuilding construction is a holistic way ofdesigning and looking at design. For more information on Green Building Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  5. 5. Green Home ConstructionEverything from the smallest item—a light bulb—to the largest—your entire house and the lot itis built on—is a candidate for green design.Increasingly, people are demanding low‐energy,resource‐efficient green homes. For more information on Green Building Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  6. 6. Green Construction: Benefits to YouWhere do durability, increased comfort, bettervalue, aesthetics, and safety and health benefitsintersect? Green home design.Whether building new or remodeling yourexisting home, you will want to incorporateproven technologies that lead to highperformance home environments. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  7. 7. Trends in Green Home ConstructionConsider these five ideas when consulting withyour architect, designer or builder:1. Use the “House System” Approach2. Demand a Tightly Built House3. Green Homes Manage Water Well4. Select Green Building Materials5. Choose Green Equipment For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  8. 8. 1. Use the “House System” ApproachThe components of your home environment—including building structure, materials,mechanical systems, occupants, and outdoorweather—interact in complex ways.Make sure your design team looks at theindividual parts as related to the whole. For more information on Green Houses or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  9. 9. Questions to Ask about Green Homes: • Where are the boundaries of the thermal envelope? • Are the heating and cooling systems correctly sized for the house? • How is the house oriented on its site? If your home is designed to be mold‐resistant, comfortable, and healthy, it will be energy‐ efficient as well.For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  10. 10. 2. Demand a Tightly Built HouseA common myth is that mold is caused by well‐insulated houses. This is often expressed as “ahouse needs to breathe.”Given the prevalence of indoor air quality issues,it is essential to understand that a house cannotbe too tight; however, it can be under‐ventilated. For more information on Green Homes or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  11. 11. Ventilation is achieved by various mechanicalsystems, ranging from high‐performance exhaustfans in kitchen and bath areas to whole‐househeat recovery or energy recovery ventilationsystems.With a house that is insulated well and tightlysealed, you’ll require a smaller, less expensiveHVAC system. You will also enjoy a quieter, morecomfortable home with lower energy bills. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  12. 12. 3. Green Homes Manage Water WellWater is like fresh air: you want to controlprecisely its location and amount.Foundation details, drainage planes, runoffchannels, window and door flashing, andattention to materials combine with xeriscaping(water conservation through landscaping) andlow‐flow fixtures for a completely updatedapproach to water management. For more information on Green Buildings or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  13. 13. 4. Select Green Building MaterialsFrom the ground up, excellent green buildingsupply choices abound.Options include:‐green‐certified lumber and salvaged wood‐recycled composite decking and flooring;recycled‐content tile and carpeting For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  14. 14. Select Green Building MaterialsProven alternatives to stick‐frame construction—structural insulated panels and insulatingconcrete forms are among the best for ourclimate—are high‐performance options.You’ll also want to reduce exposure to toxicsubstances and indoor pollutants by selectinginterior and finish materials wisely. For more information on Green Building Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  15. 15. 5. Choose Green Equipment• Install the most energy efficient water heating, HVAC, appliances, and lighting.• Space heating and cooling alone accounts for nearly half of all home energy use, so it’s an important decision.• Water heating is typically the second largest user of energy in homes. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  16. 16. Choose Green Equipment• Explore your options, including solar thermal which can heat water and air efficiently in residential homes.• Be aware that dishwashers and clothes washers and dryers are among the most energy‐intensive home appliances. For more information on Green Buildings or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  17. 17. Green Home Trends: Renovate/RemodelGreener technologies and procedures yield provenresults in renovations and remodeling as well:1. Recycle Your Home’s Waste2. Use Healthy Building Materials3. Upgrade to Energy Efficient Windows4. Choose Energy Efficient Lighting5. Increase Your Building Shell Performance For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  18. 18. 1. Recycle Your Home’s WasteDemolition and construction waste can comprisemore than thirty percent of landfill content. Thevast majority of this material is recyclable.In some parts of the United States, wasterecycling plans must be in place before a buildingpermit is granted. Salvage and deconstructioncan save you money on disposal costs as well asproviding a tax deduction. For more information on Green Homes or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  19. 19. 2. Use Healthy Building MaterialsThe air you breathe can change your life. Forinteriors, low‐VOC (volatile organic compound)paints and finishes rank first in a long list ofhealthy materials choices that are beautiful aswell as functional.Recommended green materials also includeglazed ceramic tile; solid wood furniture andcabinetry from sustainable resources; andlinoleum, bamboo, and cork floor coverings. For more information on Green Buildings or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  20. 20. 3. Upgrade to Energy Efficient WindowsIf replacing windows anyway, upgrading makes alot of sense.A great choice for efficient windows is low‐e,double‐pane with the lowest available U‐factor.Sash or window insert replacements andinsulating blinds or shades are additional ways toimprove a window’s energy efficiency. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  21. 21. 4. Choose Green Lighting OptionsWhen choosing new energy efficient lightfixtures, many designs are available to meet yourneeds and use much less electricity than in yearspast.Design with all factors in mind, including aroom’s uses and characteristics. For more information on Green Buildings or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  22. 22. Take advantage of occupancy sensor technology,and install LED or compact fluorescent (CFL)bulbs—CFLs last up to thirteen times longer thanincandescents, and use about a quarter theelectricity.The new generation of CFLs include a range ofcolors closely matching those of traditionalbulbs. LED lighting offers longevity as well asefficiency. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  23. 23. 5. Increase Your Building Shell PerformanceWhile remodeling, assess and improve thequality of your building shell—the componentsof your house that keep warm air from escapingin winter (and cool air in summer).Are there areas that can be air‐sealed to preventdrafts? Can insulation be added to exterior wallsor attic? Consult with a professional for athorough diagnostic assessment. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  24. 24. Green ConstructionWith green technology, your home will be morecomfortable and energy efficient, have a highervalue, and help protect the environment.Talk to your contractor about green methodsand materials for your next build or remodel. For more information on Green Construction or Applied Building Science, visit http:www.csgrp.com
  25. 25. About Conservation Services GroupConservation Services Group is the market leader in residential energyefficiency in North America. Headquartered in Westborough, MA, thecompany has improved the efficiency, safety, comfort, affordability anddurability of more than two million homes since 1984.With proven, award‐winning expertise in residential energy efficiencyprogram delivery, CSG provides solutions with a long‐term vision thatincorporates the latest and most comprehensive program designs and energy‐efficiency technologies for a sustainable industry.For more information, visit http://www.csgrp.com.

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