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Lessons from the Framing Stage - Details and Patience

Lessons from the Framing Stage - Details and Patience

We live in a colder region, so teaming up with my architect, the building inspector and others on details ordinary construction techniques miss was important.

Balance, Systems, and Field Knowledge

Balance, Systems, and Field Knowledge

"Eco-friendly" simply means a home's design minimizes environmental impacts. Designs differ, such as whether materials are chosen based on how they're sourced or produced, and how they impact the home's carbon footprint. For our new home my wife and I looked for a balance between sustainability and a comfortable living space.

Engineering, Coordination, and a Solid Foundation

Engineering, Coordination, and a Solid Foundation

I'd like to claim that successes I've had while designing and building our new eco-friendly home are due to my own expertise... but that wouldn't be true! I've built many homes of this type, and three requirements come to mind.

Visions Guide Planning, Construction Process Follows

Visions Guide Planning, Construction Process Follows

Before my wife and I started building our own eco-friendly home we knew what we wanted it to feel like to live in. Our vision guided the planning process and affected every decision along the way.

A Balanced Approach to Eco-Friendly Construction

A Balanced Approach to Eco-Friendly Construction

I’ve often talked about planning ahead as we’ve been building our eco-friendly home in Connecticut. Planning isn’t all looking at the future, though.

Balance, Learning, and Clarity Yield Results

Balance, Learning, and Clarity Yield Results

Our eco-friendly home project is a balance using building practices and materials that maximize energy efficiency without sacrificing comfort.

Collaboration, Planning, and Professionals

Collaboration, Planning, and Professionals

When our foundation was being poured I was already talking to people about how I could save energy and money using new framing techniques and materials.

Getting to the Construction Phase with Your Action Plan

Getting to the Construction Phase with Your Action Plan

Actually building your new home will almost certainly present a few “rocks in the river”! I’ve compared the process to a well-planned rafting trip with a beginning and a one-way flow to completion. What gets us to our destination is a plan of action (or, in the rafting analogy, the raft!).

Plans and Planning; It’s All About Learning

Plans and Planning; It’s All About Learning

As you know, my wife and I are building an eco-friendly home. Our idea is to use the best materials and building techniques to get the right blend of cutting edge sustainability and “livability”! It has taken a lot of research, and more importantly a lot of expert advice, but we’ve learned what it takes to get the results we want.

Develop an Extended Team of Resources

Develop an Extended Team of Resources

Building an eco-friendly home means juggling options and educating yourself about materials and practices to make the best decisions. One of the most important things you can do early on is to call on resources that will guide you, save money, and make the process more of a journey than an ordeal.

Advanced framing for the building envelope

Advanced framing for the building envelope

It’s amazing how we’ve gone from simple insulated stud walls to advanced framing in just a few years.

Building a home? Try these two resources

Building a home? Try these two resources

When I started building eco-friendly homes back in the ’80s professionals and do-it-yourselfers alike relied on the library, others in their area, and magazines to learn about the newest trends and practices.

Knowledge and coordination make building easier

Knowledge and coordination make building easier

I'd like to share a variance on the old “knowledge is power” saying, and that's simply that knowledge is a timesaver.

From lot to living, the importance of planning

From lot to living, the importance of planning

When we first looked at our building lot, and later when we walked the property with a surveyor, we were already thinking about how to position the home on the land. Building from the ground up is a real challenge to think long term about how you’ll use the home throughout the year.

Whatever shade of green, ask questions to learn and profit!

Whatever shade of green, ask questions to learn and profit!

There’s an old saying “knowledge is power”. That’s certainly true when building a home when you want to achieve a balance between greatest energy efficiency and greatest comfort!

Homebuilding harmony and your architect

Homebuilding harmony and your architect

When my wife and I started sharing our journey to build an eco-friendly home we said our intent was to achieve a balance between comfort and being environmentally friendly. We’ve had to make decisions about how much to alter the land to accommodate our eco-friendly home.

The planning stage is about possibilities and preferences

The planning stage is about possibilities and preferences

As you look at lots to build your eco-friendly home on, there are at least five practical things to consider as well as your personal preferences.

What does green comfort mean to you?

What does green comfort mean to you?

Early in our quest to build an eco-friendly home we said this new house, and the property surrounding it, would be a balance. We want to build in such a way that the structure and the people living in it have as little environmental impact as possible.

The journey begins!

The journey begins!

Welcome to a new blog here on Proud Green Home! I’m Dave Sweet, and I invite you to read along, contribute, and learn along with my wife and me as we design and build an eco-friendly home that achieves a balance between low environmental impact and genuine comfort and ease of living.

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