A late green bloomer – Sheep Dog Hollow renovation
Environmental considerations come first in he renovation of Sheep Dog Hollow, although the owner admits she came late to the green revolution.
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And this brings me to LEED and the US Green Building Council. It’s a nonprofit group of community leaders in the environmental and building trades that has been working for years to make going green easy – and, some day, genuinely affordable. Its goal is stated simply: “to make green buildings available to everyone within a generation.”Skip to next paragraph
Alexandra writes about the "green" and budget-friendly renovation of a 100-year-old farmhouse in south-central Connecticut.
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This is the group that pioneered the first “green rating” system (which is called LEED, for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) that is now generally accepted as the gold standard – or platinum, as it were – of energy-efficient building.
Think of it as a more sophisticated “Good Housekeeping Seal of Approval.”
The group's site is full of vital information – such as how to go about contacting green building experts, where to find green building products and lists of available courses as well as lots of fun facts about the impact of going green.
For instance, did you know that: “Buildings in the United States are responsible for 39 percent of CO2 emissions, 40 percent of energy consumption, 13 percent of water consumption, and 15 percent of GDP per year, making green building a source of significant economic and environmental opportunity. Greater building efficiency can meet 85 of future U.S. demand for energy, and a national commitment to green building has the potential to generate 2.5 million American jobs.”
Now, unless you’re heavily invested in oil stocks, I think that would be hard to argue with. (But please, do if you’d like to, I’m always willing to learn … post away!)
So no longer suffering from “the green intimidation factor,” I am not only ready, but excited, to move on.
Next: Is It Really Worth It to Hire a Green Expert or Should You Try to Do It Yourself?
Editor's note: Alexandra Marks will be blogging twice a week about her green and budget-friendly restoration of a 1902 farmhouse in Connecticut. See a photo gallery of the early days of the project by clicking here.