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How to Build a Green Home. PDF Print E-mail

 

If you are looking to build or remodel a home that is more energy efficient, healthier, and uses more renewable and recycled materials, then build it "green." Green homes are environmentally friendly and cheaper to operate. There are many resources and organizations that focus on green building and give consumers tips.

The U.S. Green Building Council (www.usgbc.org) is the nation's foremost coalition of leaders from across the building industry working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work. This non-profit organization has the LEED for Homes program in place to certify homes based on their Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification program. This initiative promoting the transformation of the  home building industry towards more sustainable practices is changing everythinh. There are four certification levels or "shades of green" including: platinum, gold, silver and certified.

 

 
Vacaville releases its annual ADA Report PDF Print E-mail

The fiscal year 2007/2008 annual report highlighting increases in accessibility within the City of Vacaville has been completed.

This year's report covers written requests for barrier removal, work summary and education. During the fiscal year 07/08 the ADA office received 11 requests for barrier removal. These requests were received either over the phone or by using one of our request forms.

 
Don't forget about air quality in your home. PDF Print E-mail

In the race to save energy and carbon in the residential housing arena I’m concerned that we will play down the indoor air quality of homes. One of the reasons green building took off in the marketplace the way it did is that green building treated the house as a system, including residents. According to market research, the second most important driver for homeowners to buy green homes was improved indoor air quality, especially when children are in the house.

Indoor air quality assaults come from various sources; Organic sources like mold, animal dander, pollen and inorganic sources like the synthetic chemicals that are in building products and furnishings. On the organic front mold is the biggest culprit and can actually be caused by incorrect energy conservation retrofits that trap moisture in walls and other building cavities.

On the inorganic front urea formaldehyde is the #1 issue for the California Indoor Air Quality division of the CA Air Resources Board. “Formaldehyde is a known human carcinogen with no level of exposure that poses zero risk, and is a strong eye, nose, throat and lung irritant” according to one of their reports. Many products used inside of homes including particleboard, cabinets, counter tops, stair treads, shelving are all glued together with urea formaldehyde that can off gas for years.