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Living Green and Building Green
You Can Make A Difference in Our Environment
Building Green... Building Environmentally Friendly Homes
Consider system built construction methodology based on the premise that responsible
environmental behavior and sound business decisions can co-exist. High-performance,
engineered green homes are better for our homeowners and our environment.
Increased energy efficiency, air quality, and stewardship of our natural resources will
preserve our environment for future generations. Woodframe Homes
is committed to using wood products from lumber companies that practice sustainable forestry
methods. We are also committed to recycling and using renewable materials whenever feasible.
Standard GREEN Considerations:
Low E, Argon Filled Energy Star Windows
R19 Insulation in 2"x6" walls
Low flow toilets
Air Infiltration Barriers
Insulated Exterior Doors
OBS Sheathing and Decking
Low VOC Paint
Insulated Hydronic Heat Pipe
Recycled Cellulose Insulation
Formaldehyde-Free Fiberglass Insulation
Recycled-Content Carpet Pad
Recycling of Scrape Materials
Optional GREEN Offerings:
Energy Efficient Lightbulbs
Energy Star Appliances
R49 Ceiling Insulation
R22 Wall Insulation
Radiant Barrier Reflective Insulation
High Density Insulation
Tankless Hot Water Heating Systems
Insulated Domestic Hot Water Lines
Mechanical Air Exchange Systems
Renewable Energy, Homes Powered by the Sun
Most of us depend on fossil fuels to keep our homes comfortable by providing heating, cooling and
electricity. But surprisingly, it isn't all that difficult to turn our homes from energy consumers
into energy producers. New homes can easily be designed to take advantage of natural heat, light and
ventilation; run more efficiently on less electricity; and be fitted with solar panels to produce
electricity. Here are a few specific steps that make a big difference:
- Orient buildings to maximize solar exposure and protect them from prevailing winds.
Use wind break and berms to channel cold weather around or over buildings.
- Add insulation to hold heat in the winter and exclude heat in the summer.
- Use sun rooms to capture solar energy when needed and vent it when it is not.
- Take advantage of natural light by using day lighting techniques.
- Use earth-sheltered building techniques to take advantage of natural heating and cooling
provided by stable underground temperatures.
- Cool homes naturally using convection loops and cooling towers to circulate air.
- Add thermal mass to buildings by using dense materials, such as brick and stone on interior
walls, to maintain constant temperatures.
- Design overhangs and plant deciduous vegetation to shade living spaces in the summer but not in
- Plant food gardens and edible landscaping to produce more food at your doorstep.
- Install Energy Star appliances and water saving fixtures to conserve water and energy.
Courtesy of Mother Earth News, Dec. 2007 / Jan. 2008
5 Ways to Stop Standby Power Loss
Even when they're turned off, digital clocks, battery charges and remote-control sensors pull energy.
This standby power accounts for about 7 percent of your home's total energy consumption - 20 percent
or higher in some homes.
Most Americans own 20 gadgets with standby features that do everything from monitor refrigerator
temperatures to charge cell phones. Monitoring devices need to stay on, but your TV and computer
have no reason to be on constant standby.
You Can Stop Feeding Those Empty Channels; Here's How:
It All Adds Up
- Buy Energy Star Computers, appliances and power adaptors, which can consume half
the electricity of standard models. For a list of products, visit www.EnergyStar.gov.
- Fully shut down your printer and computer when not in use. "Sleep"
uses standby energy. Plug them into an easy-to-reach power strip so you only have to do it once.
- Reduce. How many phones and remote controls do you need?
- Unplug stuff you don't use.
- Unplug the charger. Remove battery-powered rechargeable devices from their
docks when fully charger.
The average U.S. household contains two TVs, a VCR, a DVD player and three telephones. If all
Americans exchanged these for Energy Star models, greenhouse gas emissions would decrease by 25
billion pounds. That's like taking 3 million cars off the road!
How Much Do You Lose?
Average amount of standby power constantly consumed by common household appliances:
Garage Door Opener
Compact Audio System
Slim Your Junk-Mail Waste
Each year, you gain 41 pounds... in junk mail!
That's an average of 560 pieces of unwanted mail - about 11 pieces a week, which is 10 more
than the number of personal letters you probably receive.
The 62 billion pieces of unsolicited U.S. Mail sent annually will:
consume more energy in production and disposal than 2.8 million cars;
require 100 million trees for paper;
end up in the trash (44 percent never opened), bulking up landfills;
waste time when you peruse and recycle mail;
cost you money if you succumb to purchasing things you don't need.
Want to Lose the Flab?
As announced during October's annual Junk Mail Awareness Week, take these simple
- Remove your name from the Direct Marketing Association list: www.DMAConsumers.org. There is
a $1. fee to do this.
- Remove your name from credit card and insurance mailings: "Opt Out" by visiting
- Contact retailers and mailers directly to strike your name from lists for catalogs or
contests. If you purchase again, your name usually gets added back to the list, so you may have
to repeat the request.
- Whenever purchasing something online or subscribing, check the box that says,
"Please do not rent, sell or trade my name or address." If no such box exists, make
the request by phone, e-mail or letter.
- Support the movement for Junk Mail legislation that allows persons to opt out of
direct-mail advertising (like the Do Not Call registry). Visit www.NewDream.org.
- These services will contact direct mailers on your behalf, for a fee:
www.41pounds.org: offers fundraising opportunities for schools
www.greendimes.com: lifetime subscription with 240 trees planted
www.stopthejunkmail.com: subscription includes catalog removal &
Buy the Best Energy Efficient Dishwasher
New efficient dishwashers use less hot water, have energy-efficient motors and use sensors to
determine wash cycle length and water temperature. So how do you choose a new one?
- Seek out the Energy Star logo. Dishwashers that meet the newly improved
2007 Energy Star criteria are at least 41 percent more efficient than federal efficiency standards.
Some Energy Star dishwashers qualify for federal tax credits.
- Think Small. The bigger the dishwasher, the more water and power it uses.
Unless you have a large family or go through a lot of dishes daily, choose a smaller, less
- Shorten The Cycle. Choose a dishwasher with an "energy-saving" or
"light wash " cycle that uses less water and operates for a shorter time.
- Look For An Air-Dry Option. Air-Dry employs circulation fans. Heat-dry models
use heating coils, which draw considerable electricity.
- Read The Energy Guide Label. Learn how much energy each unit uses as compared
with similar models.
- Opt For A Hot Water Booster. Most Energy Star models have this - an internal
water heater that raises water temperature inside the dishwasher.
- Think Long Term. Most energy and water efficient appliances cost more
initially, but they'll save money in the long run through lower monthly utility bills.
Don't waste water by pre-rinsing dishes - just scrape off food and load the
Load dishes according to manufacturers instructions to allow for proper
Only run the dishwasher with a full load.
Use energy saving cycles whenever possible.
Clean dishwasher drains and filters regularly to ensure efficient operation.
The Dish On Hand Washing
Washing dishes in a fully loaded dishwasher saves money over washing the same dishes by hand.
Dishwashers use 3.5 to 12 gallons of water per load; hand washing can use 15 to 16 gallons.