Sustainable habitation isn't always easy. While we've often discussed eco-conscious construction here on the Green Blog, many of the renewable energy solutions we have covered may not be the proper solution to every situation, particularly in urban settings. Beyond that, municipal building codes can prove a particularly limiting challenge to the eco-conscious homeowner or builder. As part of a continuing series here at Green Conscience, I'd like to examine the various options that exist for the savvy home buyer or builder to address energy conservation and a renewable, sustainable approach to habitation in even the most challenging of situations.
When buying a home, or alternatively during new construction, one of the far-reaching decisions facing prospective homeowners is just how to properly insulate. As we established during our discussion of earthships, the proper insulation (and in the cases of some sustainable homes, super-insulation) is critical to the long-term energy expenditures of a household. Yet as Scott Gibson addresses in Green Building Advisor's Q&A Spotlight, insulation goes hand-in-hand with another, often overlooked facet of construction: airflow management and air-sealing.
Hi! I'm Karen Totino, owner of Green Conscience Home. I'd love to hear your thoughts on any of our posts, so comment away! One of my goals is to get the community discussing some of these eco topics, and hopefully help each other out!