IDEAS FOR BUILDERS SEEKING TO DEVELOP GREEN BUILDING SKILLS
- Get a handle on your own home’s energy usage by analyzing your utility bills (see attached article).
- Start asking your clients for their energy bills and do a similar analysis for them, both before and after their remodeling projects.
- Have a blower door and infrared audit done on your own house, and then on a recently completed project (probably best to do this when the client is not home, the first time).
- Develop a working relationship with someone with a blower door (or buy your own) so you can start testing your projects regularly: after insulation, before drywall, once again at the end of the project. Start to develop some air-sealing goals for your projects.
- Develop a good enough handle on how the homes you work on perform, pre- and post-project, that you can start setting some energy-usage goals with your clients.
- Develop a relationship with a HERS rater or other energy modeler and try to incorporate that service into the range of services you offer your clients.
- Affordable Comfort Institute (annual conference and a bi-annual New England regional conference, next to be held October 2012)
- NESEA (annual conference in March in Boston)
- Residential Construction Show by JLC Live (annual conference in March in Providence)
- Massachusetts State Training Website for Building Professionals
- Center for EcoTechnology
- Green Building Advisor
- JLC Online Storefront
- Building Science Corp.
- NESEA Resources
- Affordable Comfort Institute Resources
Articles and books:
- See attached piece on a simple energy rating system.“
- Bruce Harley, “Insulate and Weatherize” from Taunton Press
- John Krigger and Chris Dorsi, “Residential Energy” from Saturn Resource Management
Prepared by Paul Eldrenkamp of Byggmeister Inc.
This post is a hand out for a talk that Paul and I are giving at the Home Builder’s Association tomorrow — my part of the talk is about what it’s like as a homeowner trying to do a green building project.
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