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Old 12-01-2013, 12:36 PM   #21
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I understand the concept of bamboo as a sustainable product but the reality is total BS. All these strips glued together and shipped from China... seems like a lot of energy to me, to take advantage of a fast growing sustainable grass.[/QUOTE]





I agree 100%. With Kentucky being the hardwood capital of the U.S.(and being somewhat centrally located) I would love to hear the explanation of how chopping down bamboo in Asia,gluing it together and shipping it 1/2 way around the world makes more sense than cutting an oak tree in Kentucky.
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Michael Reynolds... his stuff is truly "green".

So many of these LEED projects being praised are all using new materials to create lavish and oversized homes for the ultra rich, or complexes for their businesses. I don't see how a 2500 square foot home for two people can ever be considered environmentally economical or whatever.

Most of the people who can afford [buying] all of these green upgrades are walking around smug while, in reality, their cleaning lady who lives in a small apartment is by far winning that competition.

I understand the concept of bamboo as a sustainable product but the reality is total BS. All these strips glued together and shipped from China... seems like a lot of energy to me, to take advantage of a fast growing sustainable grass.
Completely agree...I've been saying that for years...I'm a huge fan of people building smaller homes as that's the best "green" building practice...go ahead and spend some of the money you're saving by not building a monster home for 2 people and put it into extra insulation, higher quality windows, etc for more environmentally sound construction.
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In the 2 years since someone last posted to this thread, I have seen less concern with the trappings of green - LEEDS, etc. - and widespread acceptance of energy and resource-saving materials, appliances, etc.
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In the 2 years since someone last posted to this thread, I have seen less concern with the trappings of green - LEEDS, etc. - and widespread acceptance of energy and resource-saving materials, appliances, etc.
And that's a good thing. There ought to be some other way for home buyers to gauge a home purchase other than how many LEED points it has - or with some - that they claim you can buy a home and get into the private energy producing sector of the US economy.
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And that's a good thing. There ought to be some other way for home buyers to gauge a home purchase other than how many LEED points it has - or with some - that they claim you can buy a home and get into the private energy producing sector of the US economy.
Why not come up with one of our own? Sort of a blend of an energy audit and home inspection that offers practical assessment and recommendations. We'll need a catchy name for this, too.
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Why not come up with one of our own? Sort of a blend of an energy audit and home inspection that offers practical assessment and recommendations. We'll need a catchy name for this, too.
Agreed - at least in principle.

The current generation of home buyer/remodeling customer know the most facts, and are the least knowledgeable of any group since WWII.

So, it would be an uphill battle.
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The National Energy Rating Data System.
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The National Energy Rating Data System.
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Why not come up with one of our own? Sort of a blend of an energy audit and home inspection that offers practical assessment and recommendations. We'll need a catchy name for this, too.




Actually,the Leed system is not the only show in town. The NAHB launched their own rating system shortly after Leed issued their residential program. Prior to the inception of the residential model,it was just for non-residential.


An interesting read is the article titled Mis-Leed ing. I will see if I can pull it up.

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