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GreeningHomes…without leaving homeownersfeeling Blue

Green Building Report Card

Student Carolina West


  • 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:

Case #1“Sick from mold”


A young couple suffers from

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


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

Case #2“Mold Attack”


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


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”


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.


Poor fresh air ventilation set-up.

Case #4“The Poison House”


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.


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”


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


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”


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


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

Fact !

...not fiction.

Lots of Green progress !

  • Materials and construction

  • Local sourcing

  • Site protection and use

  • Energy use

  • Aesthetics

  • Water use

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

Building, HVAC, Health

and Environmental


For conversation pullingHealth, Energy, Green Building issues together

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

Building Science


For conversation pullingHVAC, Energy, Green Building issues together

Contact :Energy Vanguard, LLC

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

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

Contact :

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

Rick Bayless


A Healthier Home

A Dichotomy ?





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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