Category Archives: Green Home
Value Engineering-Beware! By David MacLellan Value Engineering: a loosely defined term that implies alteration of a product or system to achieve a cost savings without significantly deviating from the performance of the original system. To many builders and developers, … Continue reading
Don’t look now, but a battle line is being drawn in the sand. On one side, the solar power industry and their consumers face off against the big electric utilities on the other side. Rather than name specific companies, let’s just call the two opposing forces Solar Power and Big Electric.
Big Electric is very worried that solar generated electricity will surpass conventionally generated electricity, and they want to reduce or eliminate the federal and state tax credits that Solar Power has enjoyed for as long as two decades. The more customers that convert to solar, the less revenue Big Power receives. However, their fixed overhead and maintenance costs do not decrease proportionally. Continue reading
Learn more about radon and other home maintenance items. Purchase the California Building Performance Guidelines at www.housefixit.com. General Subject Information: Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that is a result of decaying thorium and uranium. Radon typically comes from … Continue reading
Solar hot water systems have been in existence for 40 years or more. These systems had historic problems of freezing and panel failures from UV breakdown. Technology has improved and many of today’s systems do not circulate the water from … Continue reading
Today’s green building places great emphasis on resource conservation, by using sustainable and renewable materials, by reducing our dependency upon carbon based products, and by limiting consumption of both water and power. Green home maintenance is not very different from … Continue reading
The Era of “Greenwashing” has Begun As a nation we are becoming more aware of the importance of saving the planet earth. In the course of this paradigm shift, economic opportunities are created, and the “Green” movement is no … Continue reading