Do this, not that… technical edition

Amy Musser
Part of my job is that I get to see a lot of new, popular, and cutting edge things that people do in new homes.  Last week I wrote about some of the things that people see and fall in love with, and how some of these things can cause...

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Forest Fires and Air Quality in WNC

Amy Musser
This is going to be a quick one, because it's the middle of my workday and yours.  We've got forest fires burning in WNC and no rain in the forecast.  We can smell it outside in Asheville and they're issuing air quality alerts.  What can you do about it?  What...

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New Energy Code Training Materials Available

Amy Musser
The North Carolina Energy Efficiency Alliance has recently completed a study to identify commonly missed requirements of the North Carolina energy code, and they have followed that up with some training materials to help builders improve their homes.  The training materials are available online at the NCEEA web site.  What...

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No excuses things you can do for the environment

Amy Musser
I'm often asked to give talks about what people can do to help the environment.  And afterward, I often get feedback about why people can't do things:  they don't have south facing roof for solar, they don't have money for a big home efficiency renovation, they're renting so they can't...

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Are the energy bills in my new house too high?

Amy Musser
Most people who buy a new Greenbuilt or Energy Star home are thrilled with how low their utility bills are.  But occasionally we get calls from homeowners who suspect that their energy bills for their new house are too high. Using your HERS rating, there are a few reality checks...

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Green building pitfalls of tiny homes

Amy Musser
What could be greener than a tiny home? They use so many fewer resources than a traditional home that they should almost get a free pass in the green building world, shouldn’t they? Almost, but not quite. With tiny homes becoming more popular, let’s explore some green building pitfalls that...

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Why you should be using an induction cooktop

Amy Musser
Induction cooktops are new. I get a lot of questions about them, and at this point not enough designers, contractors, and homeowners are specifying them. In my opinion, they’re the best choice for just about everyone. In this week’s blog, I’d like to present my reasoning. What makes induction cooktops...

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Buffer spaces are (almost always) evil

Amy Musser
I encounter a lot of “semi-conditioned” spaces in my work. Homeowners inexplicably seem to love them, and builders and architects don’t do enough to talk them out of it.  Please, just say NO to the buffer space. What I’m trying to help people do in green building is actually quite...

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