Greg Shinaut on What is Green?

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Greg Shinaut on What is Green?

  1. 1. “Green Building” Nebraska State Home Builders Assoc. Green Build Council
  2. 2. * Environmental Impact * • Reduced Toxic Emissions • Less Land-filling • Increased Use of Recycled Products • Less Lumber Used • Water Conservation Features
  3. 3. Reduced Toxic Emissions • Low VOC paint • Water base finishes • Formaldehyde free materials • Water base basement waterproofing
  4. 4. Less Land-filling • Recycle wood waste for landscaping mulch • Include a recycling center in the Kitchen or Garage • Construction waste reduction, recycle and reuse plan • Optimum Value Framing techniques • Composting system
  5. 5. Increased Use of Recycled Products • Framing materials – Finger joint studs, paralams etc.. • Recycled paper on drywall • FSC – Certified forestry products • Bamboo or cork flooring • Plastic bottle content in carpet • Fly-ash in concrete
  6. 6. Water Conservation Features • Shower heads that flow 2.5 gallons per minute or less • Timers and rain controls on sprinkler systems • Drought resistant sod & planting • Permeable pavers v/s concrete paving • Toilets water usage of 1.1 gals per flush • Front load clothes washer
  7. 7. * Energy Savings * • Five Star plus Energy Rating • High Efficient Heating and Cooling Systems • State of the Art Lighting Systems • Air Tight Doors and Windows • Energy Saving Appliances • Increased Insulation
  8. 8. Five Star plus Energy Rating • Building exceeds the 2003 International Energy Code by 30% - 50% • Third party verification by a Certified Energy Rater
  9. 9. High Efficient Heating & Cooling Systems • Central air conditioner - at least 14 SEER • Forced-air gas furnace – at least 90.0 AFUE • Air source heat pump – at least 14.00 SEER • Ground source heat pump • Set back programmable thermostat
  10. 10. State of Art Lighting Systems • Fluorescent lighting in Kitchen area • Each Bathroom contains a fluorescent fixture • All exterior lighting is controlled by a photocell • Day-lighting or sun tunnels
  11. 11. Air Tight Doors & Windows • All windows have a NFRC rated with a U-rating of at least .33 • Window design allow for cross ventilation • Exterior doors insulated to R-5 • Non-metal windows
  12. 12. Energy Saving Appliances • Built in Dishwashers must be Energy Star rated • Heating and Cooling equipment are Energy Star rated • Clothes dryer with a humidity sensor • Interior or exterior clothes line
  13. 13. Increased Insulation • Insulate ducting in the attic • Energy heels on roof trusses • Non-toxic spray insulation • Insulate foundation footing with R-8 rigid foam
  14. 14. * Comfort * • No Air Leaks • Tighter Construction techniques • Efficient Hot Water Systems • Sealed Fireplaces
  15. 15. No Air Leaks • All ductwork joints sealed with low-toxic mastic • Air tight caulking, gaskets & electrical boxes • Foam all plumbing penetrations • Blower door test completed by a Certified Energy Rater
  16. 16. Tighter Construction • Have an exterior air barrier installed to manufacturer specifications • R-3.2 or better exterior wall sheathing • Straw bale or mud rammed earth construction
  17. 17. Efficient Hot Water Systems • Minimum water heater performance: Gas 0.60 EF / Electric 0.91 EF • Install ½” insulation on all hot water lines • Heat traps installed on hot & cold lines to the water heater • Energy Star clothes washer
  18. 18. * Healthy Home * • Less Indoor Air Pollution • Fewer Asthma and Breathing Problems
  19. 19. Less Indoor Air Pollution • Heat & moisture air exchangers • CO detector installed if combustible appliances are used • Range vent to the exterior • Radon mitigation system
  20. 20. Fewer Asthma and Breathing Problems • Exhaust fan system in the Garage • Central vacuum system ducted to exterior • Humidifiers installed and serviced • Bath fans on timers and ducted to exterior
  21. 21. For More Information • Nebraska Green Build website • nebraskagreenbuild.com • Nebraska Energy Office web site • neo.ne.gov/home_const/greenbuilthomes.htm • Presenter – Greg Shinaut, Black Hills Energy

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