Added by Nathan Christensen on February 22, 2011 at 8:57am — No Comments
As someone who works with material and energy inefficiencies,…Continue
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,…
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
Added by Nathan Christensen on December 17, 2010 at 9:02am — No Comments
In my previous journal entry, “Let’s Talk Preservation: Part 1”, I briefly touched on why Energy Star certified homes, despite their high levels of efficiency, still inflict considerable damage to the
We know that Energy Star homes reach their certification by making use of high efficiency windows, appliances, insulation, and HVAC systems. However, regardless of how little energy a new home consumes,
it still requires exceptional levels of energy to…
Added by Nathan Christensen on November 19, 2010 at 1:30pm — No Comments
Every day, while traveling to or coming home from work, I hear an advertisement for new Energy Star homes under construction or ready for purchase. While I have the utmost respect for what Energy Star
certification stands for and hopes to accomplish, I don’t believe I could ever own one myself. Energy Star and other similarly accredited homes offer quite a bit in terms of energy efficiency, but in terms of lessening the homes impact on the environment…I’m not entirely…
I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but in the next few weeks, old man winter will make his annual appearance once again. Unfortunately (or fortunately, if you like winter), with his arrival, snow and cold winds are close to follow.
To prepare for the oncoming winter months, use this time in late fall to find weak areas in your homes thermal shell. (For the sake of clarification, I define “Thermal Shell” as the…Continue