Building & The Environment
homes impact the environment just as surely as the daily choices we make
while living on our planet. Many folks are aware of this and want to take
steps to make their existing homes more ecofriendly or perhaps they want
to start from scratch but aren't sure where to start or what is involved
with building green. Others are just concerned about their bottom line.
Either way, sustainable and energy efficient choices are good for the
pocketbook as well as the planet.
Because of my ongoing concern for the environment and commitment to quality
of service to my clients, I have completed the Earth Advantage® Broker,
GREEN, and EcoBroker® certification programs which have provided instruction
in the various aspects of sustainable building. I am not an expert but
I continue to try to meet professionals in this area who can inform clients
with these interests. This helps me discuss these added components that
work together to reduce the environmental impact of a home.
Earth Advantage® I learned that approximately 40% of U.S. CO2 emissions
result from the energy services required for residential, commercial and
industrial buildings. Almost half of that number, 20%, comes from residential
use alone. Our choices in new construction and remodeling have an impact.
Find your ecological footprint.
key component of green building is Daylighting or Building Orientation.
Ideally this begins with the choice of the land parcel itself. The Department
of Energy has provided a useful article on this subject. Click
here to download the article. Proper Daylighting of a home can contribute
significantly to personal comfort and a home's energy efficiency. This
concept can be applied to existing homes or parcels of land. I'll be happy
to review the concept with you regarding properties under consideration.
recently facilitated a workshop here in Hood River regarding energy efficiency
& remodeling which featured two local Green builders. It's important
to remember that there are small steps that one can take as well as more
comprehensive steps in remodeling. The first step is an energy audit.
A professional will inspect the home and indicate what energy saving opportunities
may be available. You may qualify for a free one hour audit or you may
want something more comprehensive. As
a Trade Ally of Energy Trust of Oregon, I can help with this as well as
provide you with a copy of the current state and federal Energy Trust
you have interests in the area of green building, whether it's new construction
or a retrofit, please give me a call. The tipping point has been reached
and people are recognizing that there is value in embracing sustainable
building practices as well as commitment to the environment, and that
make good sense/cents!
Energy Works Oregon (CEWO) is a weatherization program that is also
available in our Hood River area. Visit their website for more information.
relocated here to enjoy this unique quality of life and environment. It
has exceeded all our expectations. I am proactively involved in the community
to ensure that it remains viable both environmentally and economically
for future generations.
Treat the earth
well. It is not inherited from our parents. It is borrowed from our children.
~ a proverb
considerations for a healthy environment: