Living in the Country.

Boone Guyton
I live out of town about 11 miles, a location efficiency deficit. I have some vehicle miles to account for though with careful planning and skipping work more and more and riding my bike more often I can keep those miles down somewhat. Between my wife and I we put...

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Climate Change, profits and the Encyclical

Boone Guyton
The momentum for a green built and renewable powered world seems clearly on the rise. While some states, like North Carolina , look at undermining it through elimination of credits and/or the Renewable Energy Portfolio Standard others like Vermont and Hawaii are ramping up their efforts. ( See Amy’s last blog...

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Housing Complex

Boone Guyton
In choosing where to build or buy a house these days there is a lot to consider. From Climate Change and the green building options that address that to the smart growth considerations that impact the wider area and the conservation of land. Affordability is a difficult issue in Asheville...

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Green Built NC- Beyond Energy Star

Boone Guyton
We have entered the finishing phase of our latest home. There is the long stretch of details still ahead though all of the major and most of the minor decisions are made. (Often the hardest work) Our Energy efficiency plan has been carried out and the HERS rater (Vandemusser Design)...

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NC Power Politics

Boone Guyton
In North Carolina  there is a lot going on in terms of bills and expiration dates and extensions for bills that affect the future of renewable energy and energy efficiency. At least in the short term. Most obviously is the Renewable Energy Tax Credit (REITC) which is set to expire...

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Air sealing- the devilish details

Boone Guyton
The sheetrock is being delivered on Tuesday. I am fairly confident we have our air sealing in order but the process of sealing out air infiltration in a 1500 square foot house is loaded with details. Air leakage can account for up to 40% of heat loss if it is not...

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Tax credits and incentives for Green built buildings.

Boone Guyton
TAXES! The good news is that the $2000.Federal  Energy-Efficient New Homes Tax Credit for Home Builders  is still available for apartment buildings, condominiums and homes. In order to collect the credit you need to have a qualified   third party analysis. A HERS rater can certify that the home or apartments...

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Back to the Passive Solar Future

Boone Guyton
  I last wrote about passive solar design being possibly passe’. (http://wncgbc.org/blog/postings/is-passive-solar-design-passe/ )  There is another really good article - Zeroing In By Joseph Lstiburek , that also presents the case that passive solar is not as effective as ultra-efficient homes.(http://www.buildingscience.com/documents/insights/bsi-081-zeroing-in/ ) From that article. “Don’t bother with the passive...

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Is passive solar design passe’?

Boone Guyton
There was a recent blog from Martin Holliday at Green Building Advisor on the Pretty good house approach. (http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/martin-s-pretty-good-house-manifesto ) It is an interesting and valuable look at building green homes. He is focused on cold climate building for the most part and so his pretty good rules of thumb...

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Why Build a green rental?

Boone Guyton
There have been a few stories lately about the rental market and the financial advantages of building housing for rent.   Compared to investing in the stock market or the lottery ( not as different as it sounds) or the bank, rental property is investing in a real asset that provides...

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