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Greening homes without leaving homeowners feeling blue

GreeningHomes…without leaving homeownersfeeling Blue


Green building report card

Green Building Report Card

Student Carolina West

Grade

  • Prerequisites A

  • Site A

  • Water A

  • Materials B

  • Indoor Air Quality F

  • Energy: Comfort Systems D

  • Energy: Building Envelope A

  • Energy: Appliances, Lighting, and RenewablesA


Recent missteps in greening

Recent missteps in Greening:


Case 1 sick from mold

Case #1“Sick from mold”

Issue:

A young couple suffers from

overpowering moldy odor inside 1-year old Energy Star home.

Cause:

Lack of control over humidity in rooms and in crawl space.


Case 2 mold attack

Case #2“Mold Attack”

Issue:

A family is creeped-out from Mold growing on walls inside their 3-year old Green home.

Cause:

Lack of control over humidity in rooms and

continuous fresh air venting in a damp forest.


Case 3 forecast sunny with a chance of suffocation

Case #3“Forecast Sunny…with a chance of Suffocation”

Issue:

A new, tight, Solar Energy Green home leaves its occupants feeling uncomfortable inside their home as they are surrounded by a stale, stuffy mass of air.

Cause:

Poor fresh air ventilation set-up.


Case 4 the poison house

Case #4“The Poison House”

Issue:

A homeowner finds herself having to live in a tent outside due to severe respiratory irritation when she steps inside her newly-constructed Green Home.

Cause:

Chlorine off-gassing from unfortunate mix of:

Foamed Cementitious Insulation

Magnesium Oxide Board

Outside humidity entering wall system

Magnesium Chloride content

No fresh air ventilation.


Case 5 makeover madness

Case #5“Makeover madness”

Issue:

A mother and her daughter suffer from respiratory irritationwhile they remain inside their Green remodeled home.

Cause:

Odors from a lack of control over humidity in the crawl space and from the use of high VOC construction materials compelling the owner to run an ozone generator non-stop.


Case 6 to air is human

Case #6“To Air is Human”

Issue:

A woman cannot escape the relentless heat as she moves from room to room inside her 5-year old Green home.

Cause:

Cooling air was not set up to circulate from room-to-room .


Greening homes without leaving homeowners feeling blue

Fact !

...not fiction.


Lots of green progress

Lots of Green progress !

  • Materials and construction

  • Local sourcing

  • Site protection and use

  • Energy use

  • Aesthetics

  • Water use


What s still missing

What’s still missing?

  • Health and comfort focus:

    Cooling comforts

    Air filtration

    Natural and Manufactured odors

  • Air management focus:

    Air circulation

    Humidity control

  • Maintenance focus:

    Maintenance program

    Occupant instruction


Allies not aliens

Allies not Aliens

Building, HVAC, Health

and Environmental

pros


For conversation pulling health energy green building issues together

For conversation pullingHealth, Energy, Green Building issues together

Contact :Indoor Environment Connections12339 Carroll Avenue,Rockville, MD 20852(301) 230-9606

www.ieconnections.com


Greening homes without leaving homeowners feeling blue

Building Science

& HVAC


For conversation pulling hvac energy green building issues together

For conversation pullingHVAC, Energy, Green Building issues together

Contact :Energy Vanguard, LLC

(678) 662-4332 1924 Clairmont Rd, Suite 50, Decatur, GA  30033

www.energyvanguard.com


For local conversation pulling health hvac energy green building issues together

For localconversation pullingHealth, HVAC, Energy, Green Building issues together

Contact :

Rick BaylessA Healthier Home330 Rambling Dr. Hendersonville, NC 28739(828) 243-5192

www.RickBaylessHealthyHome.com


Greening homes without leaving homeowners feeling blue

Rick Bayless

243-5192

A Healthier Home


A dichotomy

A Dichotomy ?

X-BRAND

X-BRAND

RULES !


Green home tour

GREEN HOME TOUR


One visitor comment

One Visitor Comment:

“Sure are an awful lot of:

  • petroleum-based materials

  • materials obtained in ways that are anything but "green“

  • massively energy-inefficient layouts and design

  • materials sourced from hundreds and thousands of miles away

    But I guess if you tack on a couple rain barrels and solar panels you can call anything green.”


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