What is the Condition of Your Home – Energy Wise?

by GBGC Expert: Allen W. Griffin, GMB, CGR, CGP, CAPS, Gryphon Builders The curbside appeal of your home contributes much to its perceived value, but what you don’t see can be equally important and will be more important in the coming years. In its original version the American Clean Energy …

A Better Building Envelope

by GBGC Expert: Gordon McKnight, Dow Building Solutions When you think of “green building” you probably fall into one of three categories: You love it and will do anything to support it; You do it because your customers are asking for it; or You don’t really get what all of …

Homes Are Getting Greener

There’s a lot of potential for improving the energy efficiency of the existing housing stock. (US News & World Report) – A promising trend in home construction is the rising number of certified green and energy efficient homes. Recent consumer preference surveys indicate that energy-efficient features top homebuyer wish lists. …

Deconstruction

by GBGC Expert: Caroline Kostak, GreenHouse Integration STOP! Before you tear down that next house, take a moment and look at it one more time.  Are there any cabinets left in the house? Any faucets? Doors? Flooring? Siding?  Unique roofing materials? Brick? There are so many materials that can be …

Building a Green Lifestyle

The bathroom tiles are recycled wine bottles. The hardwood floors are sustainable bamboo. And the sprawling garden gets sprinkled with rainwater collected in 300-gallon barrels. From its recycled plastic deck to its solar-paneled roof, everything in and about the 2,500-square-foot home on exhibit outside the Chicago Museum of Science and …

LED Lighting: What You Need to Know Now

LEDs are energy-efficient, maintenance-free, and builder-friendly. The use of LED is going to change the way your customers think about lighting. Unlike traditional methods, there is a higher initial cost to LED, but a lower lifetime cost after installation. The reasons to select LED lighting are myriad. First of all, …

For a High-Performing Business, Focus on High-Performance Homes

(NAHB) – Who hasn’t wished for a peek into the future to help determine the best business strategy going forward as the market strengthens? Lacking magical skills, the next best thing is a carefully constructed market analysis with practical – and achievable – recommendations for taking best advantage of emerging …

Unscrambling Energy Efficiency Lingo

(NAHB Now) – Terminology related to energy-efficient homes can make anyone feel lost without an industry translator by their side. The following definitions should give you a better understanding of four of the most common energy-efficient home terminologies: The terminology for energy-efficient homes can be very technical and confusing. Here …

What’s in Your Water?

What’s in Your Water? The EPA sets guidelines for what is permissible in drinking water at your home. However, these guidelines allow for traces of microorganisms, disinfectants, inorganic chemicals, organic chemicals and more. Chemicals such as Chlorine and Chloramine are added by your water authority to remove contaminants during the …