Just a hello and that I've enjoyed reading your blog. As it happens I live in an "old" 1926 house, am very involved with local historic preservation & neighborhood issues and am very interested in home energy issues as well, from the consumer side.<br /> <br /> You've blogged about Energy Star hype. I'm in agreement. One additional point if I may, in our community we had a major downtown employer vacate their multiple locations and build a new leeds platinum certified building outside of town. I can appreciate they needed new facilities and a unified space. All the crowing about "green" though completely misses the fact that there were folks who walked and rode bikes to work and were able to walk to downtown restaurants for lunch. Everyone now must drive. There is no bike trail and walking is out of the question. <br /> <br /> Much (not all) of the Energy Star new construction is taking place in sprawling, auto-centric planned developments far removed from services folks need to drive longer distances to... in my non-professional opinion.<br /> <br /> Off topic, I recently became more aware of Kalamazoo via the book Kalamazoo Promise. Very interesting. Nice community. We drove around town on our way home from a conference in Novi. <br /> <br /> Enjoyed your blog. <br /> Regards,<br /> Rick
Posted on February 22, 2011 at 8:57am
As someone who works with material and energy inefficiencies,…Continue
Posted on January 17, 2011 at 12:00pm — 5 Comments
For a long time, answers such as “improve insulation” or “designed better HVAC” systems would have likely been what first came to mind. However, with new building guidelines,…
Posted on January 5, 2011 at 7:03am — 3 Comments
To continue on from our last conversation, I would first like to offer a definition as to what I personally believe a “green product” should strive to do.
A green product can generally be defined as a product that, from raw material extraction, to end-of-life disposal, lessens its impact on the environment as thoroughly as possible.
While being mindful of the previously stated definition, I would like to ask each of you to look around right now, where ever you location, and…Continue
Posted on December 17, 2010 at 9:02am