note: I published this article today on daily5REMODEL, and remodelers and home performance pros are weighing in with some excellent responses. Feel free to post your response here, but please also post it on d5R if you want to be eligible for the prize, a signed and inscribed copy of the forthcoming book Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, by Carl Seville and Abe Kruger. - Leah Thayer
What's Wrong with These Pictures? A Contest
Homes submitted for green certifications are, in theory, built to a higher standard than most. Or that's the intention.
"In most cases, the contractors want to do the right thing," according to Carl Seville, who took the photos below. "But between not fully understanding what needs to be done and not having adequate time to supervise and inspect the work, things go wrong."
Seville (in pink shirt, with Michael Anschel), a former remodeling contractor, longtime green building trainer, popular blogger and author, took all of these photos. Most, but not all, were in homes he had been asked to inspect for certification under LEED, EarthCraft and/or the NAHB Green Building Standard.
And he has a challenge for you.
Each photo demonstrates at least one sloppy and/or dangerous and/or excessive building practice. Describe these problems, using the comment area below, and you could win a signed and personally inscribed copy of the forthcoming book by Carl and Abe Kruger, Green Building: Principles and Practices in Residential Construction.
The publisher's price for the book is $99.95. It's a gift from Carl and d5R to you if you provide the best response. Carl will pick the winner. [note: comments must be postedon d5R to be eligible.]
Provide your answers below if you like, as well as on d5R to be eligible for the book. Identify which photos you're referring to, and remember to include your name if you wish to be identified.