Building Green

By Robert Robillard on Energy Saving

What Does It Mean to Be Green?

Green building or Building Green is a different approach to building houses.

It details each step in the design and construction process, from choosing a building site to installing a heating system, and selecting materials.

It also means using “best practice” techniques and thoughtful planning to make sure the building or project LASTS!

Unfortunately budget, or owner aesthetics sometimes gets in the way or stops shy of this process.

There are a few basic principles that govern green building:
  • Designing and building houses efficiently.
  • Designing and building houses that will last: the longer something lasts, the less waste there is through replacement.
  • Choosing low maintenance products such as composite decking or fiber-cement siding.
  • Designing and building houses that use less water and energy: such as energy-star rated appliances and windows, tank less water heaters, installing low flow toilets, etc.
  • Replacing traditional fossil-fuels with renewable forms of energy such as solar and wind-power for homes.
  • Designing and building houses that are healthy to live in: green homes are built to minimize moisture, mold and radon build up in homes.
  • Use of materials, finishes and paints that do not contribute off gassing toxins or irritants to indoor air quality.
  • Green considerations include the size of homes.
  • Preserving existing trees and foliage, using native plantings and minimizing the need for water to maintain landscaping are all important components.
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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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