Building or Buying Your Sustainable Home

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					                                                                                                             Energy Star program or other regional
     Building or Buying                                                                                      programs, or can operate as a stand-alone
                                                                                                             audit program.
     Your Sustainable Home                                                                                       Its three components allows people
                                                                                                             to compare their homes’ EPS scores to
                                                                                                             those of other homes, learn how to take
                                                                                                             measures to improve their scores, and
                                                                                                             use the improved performance as a sell-
                                                                                                             ing point. In fact, the Earth Advantage
                                                                                                             Institute will partner to link EPS scores
                                                                                                             to local multiple listing service (MLS)
                                                                                                             databases and train real estate industry




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                                                                                                             professionals      like    brokers     and
                                          by Rolf Priesnitz                                                  appraisers.
                                                                                                                 One of the things I like about the EPS
                                                                                                             is that it takes into account the fact that
        Beyond Certification Programs                                                                        smaller homes usually use less energy,
                                                                                                             even in the absence of efficiency up-

F   or the past while, I’ve been writing
    about the various and, it seems,
ever-increasing number of residential
                                               The City of Chicago, City of Houston,
                                               Clinton Climate Initiative, U.S. Depart-
                                               ment of Energy, New York State Energy
                                                                                                             grades – and that advantage is reflected
                                                                                                             in the score.

green building standards that have             Research and Development Authority,                           Greening Building Codes
sprung up across North America and Eu-         and the World Business Council for Sus-                           One of the ways to make green build-
rope. Here are a couple of different paths     tainable Development are all assessing                        ing mainstream is by revising building
to sustainable housing.                        the final recommendations from a pilot                        codes to include mandatory green build-
                                               report issued last summer.                                   
				
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Description: The process involves an audit that includes lifestyle input from the home's occupants. The resulting score uses computer modeling that considers factors such as the house's size, its construction type, insulation and other factors, along with how many bedrooms/bathrooms it has, the type of appliances in the home, and average human behaviors, such as the fact that average U.S. adult takes 5.3 showers a week. The end result is a score estimating how many kilowatt-hours of energy it would take to fuel the house for a year. And for those concerned about their carbon footprint, the score also estimates how many pounds of carbon are released in a year to generate the power fueling the home.Its three components allows people to compare their homes' EPS scores to those of other homes, learn how to take measures to improve their scores, and use the improved performance as a selling point. In fact, the Earth Advantage Institute will partner to link EPS scores to local multiple listing service (MLS) databases and train real estate industry professionals like brokers and appraisers.In the U.S., a cooperative project among a variety of organizations has just resulted in the International Code Council introducing the International Green Construction Code (IGCC), a model code focused on new and existing commercial buildings addressing green building design and performance. The IGCC original Cooperating Sponsors are the American Institute of Architects (AIA) and the ASTM International standards organization, in collaboration with the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), and the Illuminating Engineers Society (IES).
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