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  In this world if you want something done you have to do it yourself.  And this is true of the kind of future we realize that we would want to have and provide for others.  If anything stands in the way of progress today in terms of green building and innovative community projects that can result in increased energy efficiency as well as self sufficiency it is politics as well as a lack of focus.  Rhetoric and propaganda also stands in the way as well as who gets to decide and control how things are to be built and thus by what standards or by who’s vision.  Sooner or later we have to dispense with the nonsense and make a commitment to move forwards to demonstrate what we are capable of doing here and now.  And so, the bottom line is that we do have the ways and means to make a smart, energy efficient and likewise self sufficient community and do so in an affordable manner.

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  In terms of visions we might find the visions portrayed by many illustrators for possible scenarios to use in terms of laying out green built communities and cities tends to involve costly construction methods in order to realize those visions.  Unusual architecture visions are often a part of the scenario, which adds unusual cost to the construction.  As well as many companies attempt to control the market by having their method or product approved as a certified green building material, where their product in many cases is costly and in some case may not be environmentally friendly if it does such things as off gas toxins into the buildings the products are used in.  Hence we have to be careful of both cost and safety in looking at the designs and plans being offered today in terms of what are suppose to be green built visions.  It could hardly be green if the cost to implement is unsustainable, neither can it be green if it uses toxic construction materials suppose to be superior in terms of energy efficiency or said to be sustainable.

  The foregoing comments lead us to the bottom line here which is this, if the construction cost in terms of labor and materials is hard to afford then the cost for such projects on a nationwide scale is unsustainable.  Hence the matter of concern here in order to make such projects realizable and viable is to find the ways and means to make them affordable.  It is only through affordability that such visions can be built and sustained on into the future as a method of implementing the kind of construction that will lead us on wards into tomorrow.  Hard to afford cost result in what some consider to be sustainable building ideas actually being unsustainable in terms of investing in.  This site will help you to see the difference in the two visions so that you will not be duped by salesmen.

  To begin with lets say this, the best and most affordable method for building energy efficient homes is to frame the exterior walls with 2″ x 6″ studs in order to fill the wall cavity with R 19 insulation, and to use 2″ of rigid foam insulation on the exterior beneath the siding layer whether it be brick of something such as wood, vinyl or aluminum siding.  Likewise the floor and ceiling should be superiorly insulated and the kind of insulation that is preferred here is fiberglass as opposed to spray in foam.  The windows should be of high quality insulating types and it is best to have all exterior doors built with air locks to control drafts and loss of heating and cooling as they are being opened.  And as far a possible the designer of the building should take advantage of passive and active means of solar heating so that this free available energy can be used to offset the greatest energy consumption cost which is winter heating.

Solar Space Heating Panels

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  You would think that since commercially manufactured solar space heating panels have been around since the mid 1980s that knowledge of them would be wide spread.  And since they can harness nearly 5 times more energy than the same size solar PV electrical panel can harness, you would think that knowledge of these space heating panels would definitely be on the top of the list for renewable technologies.  But the main reason that you do not see allot of mention about these products is that they are not patentable in that they were developed by open source means through magazine articles and other publications back in the days before the Internet.  You know how it is in this world where unless someone can own the patent and control the market they do not want to invest in something that someone else can build and thus compete with them.

  Before you continue you should click this link below for a swf format video of how solar space heating panels work, WordPress does not support swf video file formats for some reason.  http://www.ussolarheating.com/wall_panel.swf

  If you  just viewed the above recommended swf format video from US Solar Heating, you now have an idea of how the solar space heating panel works.  And as mentioned in the first paragraph the energy harnessing ability of these solar heating panels is nearly 5 times greater than that of the same size PV solar electrical panel.  And so the cost of a solar space heating panel is going to help pay for itself many times over within its rated life time which for some panels is 20 years but we are now finding that commercially made panels from the 1980s are still going strong now some years past the 20th year and on their way to 30 years of use.

  With regards to the greatest year round energy requirement for our homes, winter time heating is the greatest year round energy expense.  With solar space heating panels and a well insulated home, we can reduce our heating cost by obtaining solar radiant heat energy on clear winter days, in fact partially cloudy days still provides some solar heating for our use.

  It is possible to make your own solar space heating panels, however if you want a professionally made product with a known Btu rating for an investment I suggest that you look into a company such as US Solar Heating for a well made product to invest in.

  If we can address this issue of meeting with the greatest year round energy requirement then we can make homes capable of lowered energy cost, especially if we make those homes more energy efficient than they are currently being made using 2″ x 4″ stud framed wall, where instead we use 2″ x 6″ stud framed walls with R19 to R20 insulation in the wall cavities, and greater amounts of insulation in the ceiling.  And if we have solar space heating panels installed during the construction of our homes, then their cost is covered in the home loan payments, while our home with its higher energy efficiency and renewable energy in the form of solar heating helps to pay for itself.  This is ideal since in times of high energy cost our energy bills will never come about to compete with the monthly home loan payments.  In fact we will realize savings at the end of the month that we can put into a savings account.

In this video we see an new form of solar space heating technology.

Green Marketing Initiative

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  Above is a 3D landscape model of a green built home and property designed by the author of this web site. The house is such in the model that you can tour the interior and the basement area. On the sunny side of the home there are solar space heating panels, and a subterranean green house extends underground into the basement.  An ambitious solar electrical plant with windmills is seen to the lower right side behind the gardening area.  Admittedly this design is a little above the ordinary cost of the other visions of the author but demonstrates what any of us can do with our visions of the future.

  Part of our current problem with the lack of adoption of green building and renewable energy is a lack of public education. Furthermore this lack can be extended to the building sector to both architects and construction companies who actually have no concept of how either of these two topics can be implemented.

  Furthermore in terms of public education and promotion there is a lack of awareness of what cost are sustainable and make a worthy investment and what cost are hard to afford and unsustainable.  And hence this too should be a part of any public education program that addresses green building and affordable renewable energy investments for residential use.

  The internet is one way that we can use to provide the public with information on what is worthwhile and affordable in both terms of green building and renewable energy.  However this alone does not appear to be enough, since what we really lack is a means to address the image of green building and green marketing in terms of a visual image that attracts attention and regular readers and viewers in a much wider audience than would normally be the case.  Hence the means that we can do this, and educate the public as we do so, is through the promotion of and the development of either a series of television documentaries and or a television series along the line of such things as home renovation, or such as the once popular series “This Old House.”  Except in this case the series would detail the construction of an affordable kinds of green built homes with renewable energy features of the passive and active solar heating kinds.

  Such a series of television broadcast would be a venture between the television production company where various manufactures could provide their green products and technologies for use in the television series for promotional and marketing purposes.  And hence a new kind of marketing and advertising genre would be created that is both educational and informative where informative means in terms of those products and technologies that home owners and construction companies can use and architects can suggest.  Additionally such a television enterprise can make sure that the broadcast informs the public that they can have renewable energy features installed during new building construction so that the home owner loan covers this also in the overall home loan cost.  Which means everything comes complete with such homes and thus only one monthly payment.  Where the advantage this to the home owner is now they have invested in a house who’s energy cost will never come about to compete with the home loan payment since we have an energy efficient home that utilizes renewable energy to further reduce fossil fuel cost.  Furthermore if the home is built with the right vision, then with additional renewable energy upgrades the home can become a Net Zero building with very little effort since it is energy efficient to begin with.

We would hope that some of our readers would become interested in such a public education project and help to launch such a production company.  We will be open to suggestions and collaboration.  Furthermore such a television production can lead to the sale of the properties that are built by the company.  And launch a whole new market of products such as how to videos and publications, as well as consulting services and firms.

Bad Visions And Unsustainable Cost

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An illustrious vision of which we are told is a green design.

  Above we see a designers vision of something we are told is a green building design, and the author of this no doubt wants to sell this building to someone somewhere.  However what the buyer would obtain is art work with very little consideration of what is true in terms of green building design.  First of all the design involves unusual framing of the curved sections and requires additional work in order to design the various parts to fit into place, which adds additional energy or rather power consumption as well as cost.  Furthermore the notion of all the green vegetation growing within the opening of the structure requires additional energy in terms of electrical power to pump tons of water throughout those sections to keep everything alive.  Hence this design adds additional cost to operating the building and it is doubtful that there is enough green vegetation in such designs to impact the air quality of this world if these designs were wide spread.  About the only functionality of growing vegetation on buildings is to either have vines up the sides of buildings to shade and lower its thermal mass temperature in the summer, or to have such vegetation growing on top of buildings to do the same.

  In this video there is a concern for the merit of cooling a giant dome envisioned to be built over the city of Houston.  The matter of concern here is whether or not the theories being employed to cool the structure will actually work, and if not then Houston will have a monster of a problem with the power consumption required to cool the interior of the domed city.  Although there is some discussion of the method and means of ventilation for keeping the interior cool and lowering the humidity, the fact that this dome is clear and that it allows radiant solar energy to enter through the dome, where this source of heat can cause the interior temperature to escalate once the thermal mass of all the buildings and concrete and pavement has absorbed sufficient enough heat.  A potential problem exist on this wise, the notion of ventilating a dome to cool it comes from an original design that was not clear.  The theorist here are hoping that natural air convection due to heating of the air by solar means will lead to upwards ventilation out of the top of the dome.

  As for the reason for wanting to build the dome to help save the city from the ravages of hurricanes as well as heat and humidity, a better investment would be to change their building practices and require new buildings to meet with certain design  considerations.  we might also ask our self if not those involved with this idea are actually wanting to build a futuristic vision that they have, perhaps one borrowed from science fiction movies, which we might also ask our selves of the unusual building design seen at the top of this page?

  The only practical use that any of us would obtain from a glass dome is to have some warm place somewhat nice to go and spend time in, in the winter time.  One thing that we have learned from green houses is that although we provide them with ventilation both passive and active, we still have to cover them over as the summer progresses or else the plants we are growing inside the green house will receive too much solar thermal energy and die.

  The matter of the dome over Houston then becomes a question of whether or not the project will result in something that will require the city to have to utilize enormous amounts of electrical energy to cool the structure and to help move the air for ventilation since such a structure can trap such things as automobile exhaust.  Who knows this might work however, but it is a costly vision on such a large scale when more down to earth means can be employed at a much more reduced price over all to tackle their problem.  First of all in terms of their heat problem, increasing the insulation standards of buildings is a start.

  As we go about our business to explore a whole new world of ideas and technologies as well as visions for a green world and marketplace, we need to stop and consider which visions are affordable and sustainable.  If we invest in something that was visionary and it turns out wrong, where the theories of the operation of the design fail to deliver on their promise, then we could be stuck with something that requires more energy to keep operating than it was meant to.  It should lower the cost of operation rather than increase it.  Hence it is best to stick with tried and true concepts if we want to make a good investment.

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  In this visionary piece of architecture we have solar panels placed over two curved surfaces, one surface is somewhat of a dome while the other is a spiral walkway to nowhere, which has solar panels curved around its structure.  Here the designer somehow equated futuristic looking features with green building design and created a costly construction idea.  Several solar powered homes could be built for the cost of this construction or a much larger office building with much simpler and hence basic design.  This design also utilizes more energy to construct from energy used to heat and shape metal to all of the energy expend on suspending and hanging the spiraled feature.  Although the author of this vision tagged this as a green building design it is hard to afford in terms of construction cost, and hence such designs are unsustainable in terms of visions.  No one needs to hire an architect who does things like this.  This is not a green building design, this is art work at the purchasers expense.

A Green Market And Economy

  This article will no doubt be one of those I evolve over time to cover as many points as possible as I narrow down the narrative in order to be insightful, and so this is for both the investor and the customer to consider.  And yet this is also for those of you who are planning on a business of your own and those who are considering the jobs of the future.

  In this past decade I have seen talk of sustainable markets or rather green markets and economies being thrown out to the public for consumption.  I have also seen those projects contributed to by government fail to deliver their promise of a bright green future.  What I saw was that some folk were taking in money and then failing to deliver on their promise.  They either wrote something for the public to read in order to appear to have done their job to earn the money that government threw at them, or else they had formulated a scam and took the money and ran.  This appears to be the case with the failed investments in solar that the Obama Administration provided money too.

  Unfortunately what this has done is to make the promise of a green market and economy look like a pipe dream, but that is only misrepresentation; although it does appear to give the notion of green economies a black eye.  What we do not need is for some small private interest group somewhere to act as representative of the green vision who will take the money and not produce anything useful in return.  We do not need anyone lording their institution over what we want to accomplish.  And so, what I have seen here is something that has given the solar industry and other renewables a bad reputation, although there are legitimate companies out there now providing some useful products and continuing to make improvements in the technology and as we all know, we will need those in the future.

  A better vision in terms of a true green economy and market is for economist and companies to look at the landscape of technologies, who are focused in upon those things that are truly useful to us, of which the focus will be on the more affordable items, and envision a market place driven by these products.  It is only the affordable items that will remain sustainable since hard to afford cost for the consumer are unsustainable cost.  You can not create a new market through advertising high cost technologies.  People will be turned off by the price while the money invested into those technologies will be lost and hence unrecoverable.

  What the market first of all needs are renewable resources to fuel it.  Such things as wood for instance is something that we as a world have come to manage well enough to mass grow sufficient numbers of trees to provide to the housing industry. Imagine all of the wood stock that daily goes into building houses around the world.  This would not be possible if we had not learned to manage this resource and renew it at a rapid rate.  The same thing goes for the production of food where we have learned to renew our supply for the world as a whole through modern agriculture.  In a green market the main resources for producing products will be sustainable materials from renewable resources.  We can use hemp for fiber to make clothing, to make paper, to make oils for fuel as well as oils to make plastic, and we can uses it’s raw resource for bio fuel to do things such as power gasification power plants.  Another useful product that we can make from hemp is hempcrete which replaces concrete, and unlike concrete it has a high R factor thus acting as insulation while for those of you interested it absorbs CO2 out of the atmosphere.  Furthermore it is more flexible than concrete, able to better withstand earthquakes.  And since it weighs less than concrete it takes less fuel to move it around from place to place as compared to the cost and fuel consumption required for concrete transportation.  I would definitely be interested in using hempcrete to build a house mostly for its insulation factor and its thermal mass properties.

  Now looking at the main theme of our site here which is green building, starting up a green building market means that the market will rely upon construction materials found in every local market.  Only a few things for the job would have to be ordered but those items are readily available on the national market and hence only take over night shipping to acquire for the job.  Since the nature of this is that most of the materials are within the local market, and the methods of design and construction that we suggest at this site are not much different than old school construction methods, a new enterprise on a nation wide scale can be launched which results in new job openings as well as the opportunity for new businesses to open up on Main Street, although if Wall Street is wise they too can profit by this.

  Let us not forget here that part of the green market place consist of organically grown foods, herbal and vitamin supplements, gardening materials and tools, as well as renewable energy and what I mean by renewable energy is renewables used by the home owner as opposed to solar and wind projects started at power plants.

  You might want to consider now the reality of fueling an economy based upon building.  If we were to set about rebuilding our nation we would first of all be creating jobs, and those who have those jobs in turn would be able to invest their income into the product they build and become a home owner.  While their income will also fuel their local economy as they go about buying things from the businesses of their community.  In turn this upstart in building nationwide, would result in more money being poured into the nation’s economy through spending which will result in new business and manufacturing start ups, as people move into the market to make a profit through providing products of which they will need to have new manufacturing facilities built to employ workers.

  At this point in the equation comes into play other jobs and industries, those who provide various materials as well as technologies.  Hence the economy or rather market for these will take off, and thus we further effect the general economy.  Remember that homes need appliances and furnishings and so, manufacturers need workers to fill the void in order to meet the demands of the market.  However you can not depend on foreign markets to meet the demands of your nation since they have only certain things that they have invested in and are not ready to meet your demands, furthermore we can not reliably trust the manufacturers of other nations to provide us with products that are non toxic and environmentally friendly, we have to rely upon our self and thus upon labor and manufacturing within out nation, which is all a part of the market and its economy.  If you export labor and hence remove a nations means of production, you thus remove jobs from the nation and hence remove the people’s means of sustaining them self.  Hence such a nation is head down the road of unsustainability.

  I can think of two technologies that people can get into where they do not need to apply for the old patents to build those products, and those products are solar space heating panels and wood / biomass gasification power plants.  These two products can be made locally, in shops.  Hence there are some windows and doors of opportunity open to the public for new business ideas.

  All it takes is for investors to come together and decide that they want to take the market place in a new direction.  The can begin by promoting a new product in the public domain of which they explain how that it is both superior to the old and affordable and also point out why other versions of similar products have failed to reach the market because they were unaffordable to invest in by investors and their companies, as well as by the buyer who although they might have liked the product could not afforded it.

  I will have more to say on this matter as time allows me to devote additional pages to this and hone in on narrowing down the dialog.  I hope however for the moment you have obtained the gist of the green vision and will come back to find out more as well progress along here over time.

How It Is That Some Talk Of Sustainability And Make It An Oxymoron

    You will have to pardon the crude way of speaking here in this text, but you have to realize how some people in this world utilize this word “sustainability.”

  In order for a society to be sustainable it has to be founded upon the concept of sustainable ways and means from the government on down to how people live their lives.  If a government is spending more than it takes in, or is ever increasing its spending year by year without addressing the need to balance its budget than that government will fall, it will spend its nation into bankruptcy as it reaches the point where it can never pay back its debts based upon the money it borrows.  Hence in this scenario such a government’s talk about sustainability is a true oxymoron and it is likewise hypocritical.  It is incompetence, and furthermore there are such people in this world as this that head up various nations who believe that the remedy to reach sustainability is to die off much of their population.  And as we are now seeing some of these nations have taken in so many refugees that the scenario there in those nations is unsustainable and is likely to lead to a down fall as well as civil war in Europe.  Thus as we talk about this word sustainability and its true concept we have to address the lack of people in this world practicing this although they preach about it.  Sustainability unfortunately in the view of some in the various governments of this world means nothing more than population reduction in their minds.  And so, they favor such things as endless wars and inferior health care to help reduce the world’s population as fast as possible.  If you expect those who preach about sustainability to practice what they preach, in the purest sense of the word, you will be disappointed.  Do not be surprised to find out that their definition of sustainability is twisted.

  It is left up to us to utilize the word correctly and not make it an oxymoron.  Also we have to realize that when we are talking with people in government about sustainable building and sustainable communities their definition of the word might be more like something from George Orwell’s “1984” or something like that seen in some sort of bazaar science fiction movie.  Hence what we might be thinking and what they might be thinking are not at all one and the same.  Some of them have this vision of us being reduced down to living in third world conditions, where they promise us a little plot of ground to grow tomatoes in and a goat or in some special cases cow.  While they reduce our roads back to being dirt, and remove our electricity and give us a candle to use at night.  This is actually a vision you can see being spoken of by some who use this word sustainability.

  If those who speak of sustainability within our governments and learning institutions were actually working on making sustainable things possible in the true sense then we would have seen a transformation take place in our world some time back when they began to toss this word around.  However as I said above,  you should not be surprised to find out that their definition of sustainability is something other than they preach.  Its like the fallacy of the notions of socialism, which reduces the people down to living by the means of government being their provider, where the corporations become government owned and hence the freedom of choice is removed from the products in the marketplace.  Where there is no competition, the corporations can charge what the want as the government allows this to be carried on.  Where there is little real production, where this is no competition to spark new companies and hence new jobs, where the people have to resort to living with whats available and thus provided them regardless of how inferior the product may be.  Where also, the means of production has been removed which removes the people’s means to work and support them self, such a government will come to view the people as a burden and either fall under the weight of having reached a point of un-sustainability, or turn on the people and send troops out to reduce the nation’s population.

  Here today in the USA we have seen our factories leave for overseas some time back, thus taking with them our means of working to support ourselves, and hence we have now a nanny or welfare state that is providing the people with welfare and food stamps, and is now providing them with free health care.  The problem with this is that someone has to pay for all of this.  And those who are paying are those who have managed to remain working, and in addition to this, our government is borrowing money to support some of this since the tax payer can not afford this all on their own, as they also spend allot of what they borrow wastefully.  And thus, there is a lack of understanding economics, as well as a lack of understanding what sustainability really means.  Call it incompetence or say that it is contrived, it will lead to our ruin.  Never listen to a socialist talk about sustainability because he or she first of all has no concept of economics.  Capitalism with a free market within a nation, along with a good manufacturing base where the market is fueled by affordable products, makes an economy robust and keeps it that way.  When you remove a nation’s means of production you remove the means that the people have to support and sustain them self.  Along the way the government will act partially as a provider, but the means to sustain the people is now gone, the government has to increase the tax on those who have remained working as well as borrow money, and thus in the end the people will meet with their demise.  They will come to a day when they will starve and when troops come out to put down an uprising that has occurred when the supplies run out.  You see if you follow an unsustainable course, this is the end result.  You can not escape this end once you have come to the point where the scenario has reduced the people down to a generation or two of dependence upon the state as their provider, where all the manufacturing jobs are gone.  Hence we are on the wrong road, and have been listening to those with this alternate idea of what sustainability means.

  Here at Emerald City Visions we do talk about ways and means to become sustainable and self sufficient in the pure sense of the word, and will not spin the definition to mean anything like our incompetents in the world’s various governments and radical institutions spin the word to mean.

  Fortunately here in the USA we still have some of the means we need to re-establish a robust economy.  We can do this surprisingly through green building and not by way of the green means so far provided by politicians and those institutions who sound good on the surface have provided us.  You see their definition of a green economy and market is another oxymoron, especially when you see them legislating and make illegal such things as living independently off the grid, and do not say that you have not heard of this, you can Google this.  We can not do as they do which is to destroy our base of natural resources that we must utilize until the day we have come to be able to switch over to renewables, at present we can not force renewables on society without providing a means to afford them.  here we know of a means as well as know of a means to get the market moving so that jobs will be created and then people will be able to invest in the kinds of things that the future needs.

  Check this link out if you want to see more about how they talk of sustainability but do the opposite. States With Laws (and What They Are) About Living Off The Grid

Moving Forwards

  In this post we want to discuss the need to move forwards and how that we might do this.  And this will be an opportunity for those who want to invest into a new market to consider the means of how to do so.  The means that we will use to move forwards is to market an affordable product that most every home owner will want to invest in, especially since the product will help the home owner to save on energy cost such that their monthly energy bills will never come about to compete with their home loan payment.  Likewise another sales pitch item is the fact that the product will enable the home owner to realize monthly savings, which is something that very few people these days are capable of since they have to very carefully manage their money in order to pay off their monthly expenses in terms of taxes, bills, and other living cost.  If they have $50 left over at the end of the month, that for some is a miracle, however we would want them to realize more than that so that they can save and reinvest their money in the market that we would want them to invest in, which is the green building market.  Where they can invest in energy upgrades and other items as well as invest in a second home.  We would want people to be able to help their children invest and so, keep the market moving.  Hence we want to detail a vision of how this can be done.  As well as give some of you ideas on how to start a green built community.

  First of all, here at this site you will pick up on the general design concepts to use when drafting up designs for energy efficient homes, in terms of the most affordable design concepts so that you will not be tempted by illustrious designers to invest in their anything but affordable schemes.  Once you have that resolved and know what sort of vision to best invest in, the next thing will be to gather up likely investors and put forth a presentation of why some visions are affordable and why some are not, and then set forth the advantages of how affordable projects are advantageous to the builders as well as the home owner of which both are investors.  The first paragraph above sort of says it all in terms of why this product here at this site is the affordable and preferred product for the future.  Hence both the builder and buyer should be envisioned as investors and both need to see how and why their investment is both affordable and will enable them in the long to realize savings enough for reinvesting.  This is the sales pitch and its is an honest one since the claims of the product is all true.  And furthermore you need to provide pamphlets, brochures and other documentation to the potential investors that explain this truth.

  As mentioned on the front page, the most affordable design method details a simple approach, where the materials used for this kind of construction are readily available and found in every local market.  The kinds of materials used in the construction methods we detail here a this site utilize materials found in most every local market around the world except in the case of some third world nations.

  Some of us might undertake a project to build experimental communities in order to have a place where people can come to and experience the kinds of construction advised here, where those who invest will either live there or sell the homes built there.

The Honest Sales Pitch:

1. Detail the simple method of construction in terms of what approach is taken to make the most of local market materials that are much more affordable than others to make a home or office building that is energy efficient and capable of becoming a Net Zero building, thus competing with some of the more elaborate and more expensive construction concepts.

2. Discuss the merits of using both passive and active solar heating concepts in the design, and how that this will contribute to money savings, since solar heating is much more affordable to invest in and acquires nearly 5 times more energy per square foot than solar PV electrical panels are capable of.  And since this is meant to be included in the initial construction, the cost of these more affordable renewable energy features are covered in the home owner loan since they are a part of the construction cost and are not add on investments left up to the home owner to add to their homes.  Since the lifetime of solar space heating panels is rated for 20 years and some of which are now going on 30 years out in the field, the investment recovery time on such features is only a matter of years, thus the home owner will find that these features pay for them self several times over in their life rated time.  By at least 5 times minimum.  Hence why have a winter time heating cost of a few hundred dollars when you can get it down below $100 during some of the winter months?  Meaning that during those sunny days in winter the home owner will be able to acquire heat via solar energy means.

3.  The sales pitch for the builder is the same for the home owner in that the affordability of the design approach results in savings to both the builder and home owner.  Both will save and profit by the investment.  Both will be able to reinvest.  In terms of the economics ,unless there is something sustainable about the design for both the builder and home owner, in which in this case is the sustainable cost, which the home owner further realizes in terms of reduced monthly home operating cost, then nothing can remain viable on the market long.  Fortunately since the cost are affordable and the home helps to pay for itself, this means that the potential for reinvestment in the market goes up.  Those who own such homes who decide to sell and buy another will buy the same product again except bigger or smaller as they grow old.  Likewise their experience and that of those who visit their home will lead to further demand and further sales.  Hence this is the basis of the economics of the product we are promoting here.

  Keep in mind now, affordable cost are sustainable while hard to afford cost are not.  You would not want a committee of our government over seeing the establishment of a green market listening to those manufactures and corporations who have invested them self in new technologies that cost allot to develop and thus who want to recover those high cost, influencing the policies of the market; and as we all know they do such things through projects that utilized Department of Energy funding and thus try and make the most of a high priced product before it goes off the market.  None of us want to be forced to employ a new technology at the whim of the government since those who have such technologies already know that they will not move much in the market because of their hard to afford cost.  At this moment it is wise to not focus too much on the advice of green building councils since some of the larger ones who are more wide spread have been invested into by corporations who want their product pushed along to recover their losses on its initial research and development cost.  Hence again, hard to afford cost are unsustainable.