“Fund My Remodel” Asks: What Questions Need To Be Answered Before I Buy “Green Building Products”?

20 08 2010

 “…While the industry has made real progress in providing us with green products and backing up their performance claims, product selection will continue to be one of the most critical challenges you will face in meeting your green missions…”

Here are the first 12 questions you should ask about any green building product you’re evaluating—before you make your selection:

  1. How will it perform its basic function as a building material or product?
  2. How does it compare with products I use now?
  3. Is it code approved? 
  4. Is it third-party certified? 
  5. Will it contribute toward project certification? 
  6. Is it available? 
  7. How will it affect my pricing? 
  8. Will it increase my level of risk or liability? 
  9. How will it improve the level of performance of my homes? 
  10. How will it contribute toward sustainability? 
  11. Will it require new sequencing or installation skills/trades? 
  12. Is it worth the investment for the benefits?

For more:  http://www.ecohomemagazine.com/news/2010/08/12-questions-to-ask-before-choosing-a-green-building-product.aspx


Renewable Energy In California: NPR Airs “Big Solar Struggles To Find Home In California” (Audio)

20 08 2010

CLICK ON RADIO TO HEAR "Big Solar' Struggles To Find Home In California"

California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger has set an ambitious plan that requires a third of the state’s electricity to come from renewable sources by 2020. But a fight over where to build large clean-energy projects is slowing the green revolution.

For more:  http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=129129794