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Ventilation in Homes

Posted on Apr 14th, 2010 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

I attended the EEBA ventilation and indoor air quality seminar last Thursday. It is amazing to think how the air in a tight home can be 2.5 times more polluted than the air outside. We live indoors more and our houses are tighter. Humans are the main polluter and…

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More on Conservation

Posted on Dec 8th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

In the 70's, when the gas crisis hit, it really clobbered Japan because they were importing 40% of their fuel. The government brought down some major laws regarding energy conservation. Now every manufacturing facility is required to improve energy efficiency 1% per year. This was a hardship at…

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Sustainable water

Posted on Nov 19th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

I went to a fantastic seminar on sustainable water this week.  The central thought was that water is a resource from the beginning use to the end use and back again and is not something to be used and then made to go away.  Water is a closed loop resource:  there…

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Green or sustainable or both

Posted on Nov 13th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

It is true that the 9000 square foot house way out of town, no matter how well built, is, inherently, not so sustainable given fuel use and size of the house itself. However since that kind of house will continue to be built it is fine with me that,…

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Drainage Plane

Posted on Nov 2nd, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

Since keeping the rain and wind out of a building is so important to combating damage to the structure (poor sustainability-labor and materials redo) and air quality problems, I find it very interesting to notice new building component details before they get covered up. This new Zip Wall product…

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Conservation

Posted on Oct 14th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

I am pretty excited about the prospect of my industry, home building and renovating, making a huge difference in our country's reliance on oil. A lot of Clients I visit with have many inefficient systems or components right now in their houses and ultimately these elements mean more electricity and/or…

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Metal Roofing

Posted on Sep 18th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

     One of Clients requested a metal roof upgrade to their home and so I started delving into the ins and outs of this type of roofing.  I am not a stranger to this type of roofing as I have installed a copper roof and a number of standing seam…

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Staged Energy Upgrades

Posted on Sep 10th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

Alot of our older homes have issues that impact our use of energy and our comfort.  Just the regular maintenance on a property can be a little overwhelming not to mention upgrading windows, weatherstripping, insulation, AC etc.  I have a classic fixer upper myself: 20+ years old, bad windows, crappy…

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Zero waste plan

Posted on Sep 1st, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

     I attended a new Austin Energy Green Builder seminar last Friday on the City of Austin's adoption of a Zero Waste Master plan.  The UN Urban Environmental Accord's goal of reducing, by 20%, the per capita solid waste disposal to landfills by 2012 and zero waste by 2040 is…

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wall insulation

Posted on Aug 9th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

I saw a question on line about wall insulation: foam versus cellulose pros and cons.  I thought I would comment.  Cellulose is cheaper than foam for walls. There is definitely a drying time for the cellulose. Some people say 3 days while others say 2 weeks. As a company we…

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Green Policies?

Posted on Jul 12th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

I had an interesting conversation last night with a fellow about the role of government in development and green building.  He was saying that he rents a duplex and, while it is a great space, the electric bill is $ 300 per month for 1200 square feet.  Well there is…

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Piercemeal Green Think

Posted on Jun 19th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

There is a lot of info on the web about everything including Green building.  That is certainly a good thing about the web however there is an issue with learning this and that about Green building from different sources.  A building works as a whole unit and now that I…

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5 Star Green Builder Rating

Posted on Jun 13th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

We just achieved our first 5 star rating on a remodel project!  I feel so excited about this since the Austin Energy Green Building program is more designed for new construction.  We have been rating our buildings for years but have, in the past couple of years made it a…

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4 Star Green Builder Rating

Posted on Jun 7th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

Another project that we recently completed was a large addition to a small house in Rosedale.  We completely remodeled the house as well including new siding, windows, and refinishing of the existing hardwood floors.  We were able to build the addition with all the right stuff to give us the…

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Conservation

Posted on May 22nd, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments


5/20/09                Conservation

    Energy conservation is such a great plan for our country.  We have so many Clients that talk to us about solar for their existing residences when their windows and attics are not energy efficient.  At least we can now easily advise them that the…

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Green is not Black or White

Posted on Apr 20th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments



Green is not Black or White

4/20/09

I attended a great Green seminar the other day which was another module in the new Boots on the Ground series put on by the City of Austin and the HBA.  One of the more intriguing elements that day for me…

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Aging in Place is Green

Posted on Mar 3rd, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  1 Comments

3/3/09                          Aging in Place is Green

Planning to stay awhile in your home?  Aging in place is becoming an important part of our design focus.  An important reason this is a Green approach because planning for the future is a form of sustainability…

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Unfancy Green

Posted on Feb 25th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

2/25/09            
Doug Marsh CR, CAPS, GBP                
I think it is interesting that the media portrays the fancy stuff when it does a story on Green Building: from full house “off the grid” Photo Voltaic systems to rain water harvesting with 30,000 gallon, below…

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Unvented Attics

Posted on Feb 19th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

Unvented attics

    I heard the other day that, possibly in a few years, that, in Austin at least, loose fill insulation in attics will become a thing of the past.  There is now 10 years of data available regarding unvented attics:  some of this info is from Florida while a…

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Thoughts on Going Green

Posted on Feb 12th, 2009 by Doug Marsh VP, CR, CAPS, GBP  |  0 Comments

Now that going Green is the "in" thing, I wanted to mention some not-so-obvious ways for all of us to accomplish this. The City of Austin Green Building form can be used as a guide to help train your thinking on moving in a Green direction. Consult a Green Building…

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