Conversations about green homes often start with energy efficiency and it is a large part of the whole package. A basic understanding of the energy efficient practices and features in a home and the anatomy of a typical green home provides a starting place for understanding the terminology used when building an energy efficient home. It will also give you a roadmap for maximizing the energy efficiency of your own home.
The anatomy of a home starts with the “skin” or the walls, roof and foundation. Here is where the basic science of air movement really plays a part. We just have to remember that air will always go from hot to cold areas, as well as wet to dry, and plan accordingly. Of course, the “plan accordingly” piece is where the details really matter and air sealing and insulating is a key part of this. Without air-sealing, you will not be able to take complete advantage of your insulation. “Like wearing a down coat with the zipper open”.
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About the Hosts of The Green Gab Podcast:
Green Gab Podcast Host Marla Esser Cloos is the Founder of The Green Home Coach – a company leading the way to inspire you to learn about, focus on and put into place Green Solutions when it comes to your life, home building and more.
Marla is an NAHB Master Certified Green Professional, LEED AP and Missouri Woman Business Enterprise. She Earned her B.S. in Engineering and Public Policy and a Certificate in Energy from Washington University.
Click here to learn more about Marla at her website online via TheGreenHomeCoach.Com
Green Gab Podcast Host Tony Pratte is the Director of Builder/Contractor Relations at The Sound Room in St. Louis, Missouri.
Tony is a graduate of St. Louis University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has earned a Masters in Environmental Management & Sustainability at Harvard University
Tony’s 20+ year career has allowed to him to collect a number of experiences, connections and perspectives that offer an incredibly unique point of view that adds incredible value to each episode.