Aging in Place: Longevity as Sustainability

Mar 22, 2017 4:55:14 PM / by Krista Atkins Nutter posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Tiny Homes, Featured, Business to Consumer Advertising

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We are preparing to host another green home tour to a group of local high school students soon, so I’ve been thinking about all of the sustainable features in our home that I like to highlight on tours.  It’s been a while since we’ve hosted a student or scout group, so it will be nice to do a showing for education again. 

One of the topics that came up as I created my outline - one that I often forget about when discussing sustainability - is "Longevity as Sustainability."  One of the important concepts about building a sustainable home is making sure that you get what you really want and that it lasts a very long time, so that you don't have to replace things and contribute to the landfill problem.  For example, our exterior metal siding and roofing each have a 50 year warranty on the finish, and a lifetime warranty on the structure of the metal panels.  There's no asphalt roofing shingle on the market that can come close to that, so bam!  I never have to worry about my roof.  Ever.  That's nice, let me tell you.  Because now that my kids are older, I spend all of my time worrying about who's supposed to be where for what, at what time, and did they bring the right gear and enough snacks and water - know what I mean?  Who has time to worry about a roof, right?

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Is LEED Dynamic Plaque Good for Green Building Marketing?

Mar 17, 2017 4:55:24 PM / by Chuck Lohre posted in Green Building Marketing, Green Marketing, Green Building, Tiny Homes, Featured

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We just started our free trial of the LEED Dynamic Plaque. It all came about because there is an inexpensive VOC monitor now available, Foobot. It's also a CO2 and particulate monitor. CO2 and VOC reporting are required for the LEED Dynamic Plaque. We're a Beta tester for Foobot because we are a NEST Dealer. So far it has been working well and we look forward to learning more about the indoor air quality over time in our office. Our visitors are amazed the technology exists and the Foobot has a prominent place in the breathing zone of our conference room. Its rythmic blue pulse, like breathing, indicates the air is good, it will glow orange if there are particulates, too much CO2 or VOCs in the environment. The device is managed from your smart phone.

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