Building Green Communities

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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.