I'm on the first leg of a journey to save the earth. I was there in the early days as a grade school kid when the first Earth Day happened back in the day and as a homebuilder, suffer from some degree of revulsion over what most of us homebuilders do to our carbon footprints everyday. Things won't change overnight for any of us who feel some compulsion to better our custodianship of our small space on planet earth. But we do what we can do. In that vein, we've pledge to make our homes tighter and more energy efficient. Our homes are inspected by independent energy raters via the Energy Star program. A typical code-built home rates at 100. A home with no net energy consumption rates zero. Zero is the holy grail of efficiency. An Energy Star home has a minimum rating of 85. Our homes typically have rated in the mid to low sixties. Just like in golf, that's a really good score...we think so, but are trying to go lower.
I recently read a great perspective on green building by Scott Adams in the Wall Street Journal. I think you'll enjoy the read. How I (Almost) Saved the Earth No one said it would be easy to build the greenest house on the block. Scott Adams on perplexing energy bills, ugly lawns and the true meaning of 'green'