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Sheep Dog Hollow: an eco-friendly renovation

Reasons to hire a green renovation expert

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“We are trying to educate and inspire construction professionals to follow stringent guidelines because it contributes to the quality and continuity of the overall effort to reduce the carbon foot print of the industry, which we have to do with urgency,” he says. “Using a standard or a certification also provides us a kind of measuring device so we can see how we’re doing.”

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Alexandra writes about the "green" and budget-friendly renovation of a 100-year-old farmhouse in south-central Connecticut.

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That’s why EcoHome Magazine won’t cover any product or project unless it has been certified and field tested. It’s also why Rick and others are trying to fight the perception – which I have contributed to, that hiring a green professional is too expensive.

“As the general public becomes aware of these programs, there’s this perception that there are a lot of costs associated with them and with green building,” Rick says. “A lot of numbers that are thrown around are designed are to scare people. LEED for Homes, in particular, tries to fight the perception.”

So Rick suggested that I at least get a quote from the LEED expert before passing final judgment. He also apprised me of a fact that I should have already known. The National Home Builders Association also has a green standard and rating system of which I was unaware.

I pledged to contact both and get actual quotes for a green consultant.

That’s going to take a few weeks. In the meantime, we’ve already decided to go for a geothermal heating and cooling system despite the initial high costs. I’ll explain why in the next post.

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. You can read all she's written about the project so far by clicking here and then looking for Sheep Dog Hollow under Topics on the right side of the page.

You'll find numerous articles about the environment at the Monitor’s main environment page. Also, check out our Bright Green blog archive and our RSS feed.

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