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Archive for Saturday, April 25, 2009

Everything is coming up green’

Home parade focuses on energy

Lloyd Skeffington, of Grand Builders, washes down the driveway of a home at 940 Anna Tappan Way on Friday. The home will be on the Spring Parade of Homes tour from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The event will continue next weekend.

Lloyd Skeffington, of Grand Builders, washes down the driveway of a home at 940 Anna Tappan Way on Friday. The home will be on the Spring Parade of Homes tour from noon to 5 p.m. today and Sunday. The event will continue next weekend.

April 25, 2009

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Homebuilders put work on 'Parade'

An economic slowdown isn't keeping area builders from showing off at the Parade of Homes. Enlarge video

In a down economy, Neal Ezell is counting on energy-efficient upgrades to empower sales of the homes he builds.

With new energy-efficiency efforts eligible for $10,200 in tax credits, and homeowners in line for saving as much as $1,900 a year on their energy bills, he figures that investing $15,000 into a new home’s energy upgrades never made so much sense.

Sure beats Wall Street.

“Do the math,” said Ezell, president of Ezell-Morgan Construction Inc., noting that the upfront expenses would be paid off in just over two years. “It’s a no-brainer.”

Ezell is among Lawrence builders anxious and excited to show off their work for the public this weekend and next during the Lawrence Homes Builders Association’s Spring Parade of Homes.

Despite — or perhaps because of — the ongoing economic downturn and real estate slump, this year’s parade includes more entrants than in recent memory. A total of 38 homes are open for public viewing, often with builders available to answer questions about their workmanship.

This year’s theme, “Everything Is Coming Up Green,” is designed to cover several trends in the building industry, said Bobbie Flory, the association’s executive director:

l Consumers are more interested than ever in both protecting the environment and saving money on their energy bills.

l Home builders are adhering to new energy-efficiency requirements as outlined in building codes approved last year.

l Builders themselves are becoming even more “green” savvy. Two association members — Kelly Drake, of Mallard Homes, and Tim Stultz, of Highland Construction — even have become certified green professionals, a National Association of Home Builders designation for those who incorporate green building principles into homes.

The green approach is building momentum, Flory said.

“It starts with lot design and ends with the consumer,” she said. “And it never ends.”

Comments

Reality_Check 4 years, 12 months ago

"Tenants to Homeowners has been building energy efficient homes using the latest technology almost a decade for low income homeowners."

Have they renovated any existing homes to become energy efficient, or just built new ones? Because, as I posted above, the reality is that it's far more energy efficient to renovate than build new.

I'd rather see a program of insulation, window repairs, and new HVAC and appliances to existing homes...would go a lot farther for the money than building more junk under the Green label. You can make just about any home virtually air tight.

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Richard Heckler 4 years, 12 months ago

Tenants to Homeowners has been building energy efficient homes using the latest technology almost a decade for low income homeowners. Tenants to Homeowners has sold several "Energy Star" homes in the last few years as well.

There are several "independent" local expert craftsman who have built extremely energy efficient homes for several years around Douglas County.

I say call in the Energy Hog to test for energy leaks when buying some of these new homes. It's known as an energy audit which Energy Star homes must pass. Some of the footage I've seen reveals many leaks in new $200,000 and up homes.

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ocean 4 years, 12 months ago

roger o -- snarfing comments.... don't count.

only idiots snarf on forums.

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ocean 4 years, 12 months ago

i think washing a driveway off helps to reduce airborn dirt from redepositing on leafy vegetation ---

but then not being an 'expert' product of the greek system at KU in the 70's my opinion may not matter to roger o --- only dweebs were frat rats in the 70's at KU.

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tangential_reasoners_anonymous 4 years, 12 months ago

I'm fixing a hole where the rain gets in and stops my mind from wandering where it will go....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4sooNNv9qHg&NR=1

( my apologies, in arrears )

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roger_o_thornhill 4 years, 12 months ago

Isn't hosing down your driveway one of those things that isn't recommended by "green" folks? That's just the tip o' the iceberg, but...

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ocean 4 years, 12 months ago

hey it's great that the homebuilders are going to green building programs.

next step - hire an architect with solar & green experience. build a better mousetrap.

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ocean 4 years, 12 months ago

thanks Reality Check - by the way - odds are pretty good that the garage door in photo faces south judging by the shadow.

homes designed for optimium passive solar gain for heating face about 11 degrees or so southeast.

how do you have green without dealing with basic solar design principles.

looks like the homebuilders basically still rehash 'plan books'. shouldn't the subdivisions also be designed for solar access for the lot and the best orientation for each house?

why not?

is that not green or are they just kind of like Detroit trying to 'spin' the green factor like FLEX FUEL cars & trucks while still producing the same old - same old?

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ocean 4 years, 12 months ago

thanks Reality Check - that's correct. also more in town locations reduce transportation costs.

fight sprawl - redevelop, rehab, remodel.

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Reality_Check 4 years, 12 months ago

One thing no one ever mentions is the "greenest" building is one that is already built. It takes far less TOTAL energy to rehab a building than it does to build a new one. Oh, but the homebuilders association doesn't want you to think about that. They've overbuilt junk houses all over this country, and now they want you to feel good about buying one.

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