Founder of the U.S. Green Building Council, David Gottfried helped dream up rating system that eventually became LEED-otherwise known as the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification system. SmartPlanet visits the visionary's LEED platinum house in Oakland, California for a tour of its sustainable features.
LEED pioneer shows off his sustainable home
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Founder of the U.S. Green Building Council, David Gottfried helped dream up rating system that eventually became LEED-otherwise known as the Leadersh...
Aug 10, 2010
During the booming years and probably today as well developers make an huge amount of profit on new homes yet as we know they purchase in bulk and therefore can substantially reduce their material and labor costs. When I looked a buying a new home in 2003 the developer wanted to charge me $350 per additional Ethernet wire drop. For the same $350 I payed an electrician to install 4 drops plus purchase 1,000 ft of Cat5e cable and the heads, wall plates and connectors. Given that my purchases where retail and included shipping & taxes I would say the developer charging these amounts is gauging. So if developers would gauge a little less I'm sure they can afford to throw in solar water heaters and solar panels for the typical $500K price they charge for a new home in the Washington area.
HI Being green is NOT about energy use only It is much more about materials choices His metal appliances and glass windows and collectors used more energy to make than he can ever save!!! For example calcing of cement for concrete generates 10% of the world's CO2 Just dont use it, Another point is- if you really want to be green plant trees and care for them The environmental crisis is not only about CO2 but oxygen reduction Trees and plants and some algae ponds are the only way to deal with this. As an architect and former educator I wish architects were better educated as their role in the environment is so important
I as hoping for more information from this article than that very short video clip. I agree that green starts at home and each person must do as much as possible to conserve, re-use and re-cycle. Scant.
Don Gudeman has it right, his last paragraph sums it up if we all done as much as he has it would make a huge difference. Bazza.
I just can't imagine how unfortunate people must feel after spending tens of thousands of dollars on solar cells to power their homes only to find they never reach anywhere close to NET 0. On average, these brave investors must often wait 15+ years to recoup their investment in energy savings. Sorry to say, the questionable efficienty of the Solar Cells today will be much more questionable after 15+ years of wear and tear. In the end you will never win if the plan was to save money in the logrun. Replacemet units will continually be needed long before the breakeven point is ever reached. Living Green is for the very weathy who have money to waste on such things. The Green movement is not a movement for resource efficiency, it is movement to obtain a certain type of life style. People who choose Green do so for personal tastes and lifestyle not because it is a more efficient and less wastefull way to live. The Government seems to have a hard time accepting this truth. It is a shame they try to impose "Green" as a preffered way to live among any other.
I love the idea of being more Green, but when you add up the cost of all the items demonstrated, the sheer cost of them would deter anyone from really participating 100%. Unfortunately, the cost of the upgrades would not pay for themselves before they had to be replaced. I wanted to go solar. The cost of solar alone, so far, would not allow me to afford such a move. Then, in our area (Arizona), the panels would have to be replaced due to sun damage or inefficiency before my cost could be reconciled. In short, unless you have surplus income, green-friendly just isn't average Joe-friendly. Incidentally, I would be willing to bet that he has spent more money on his home for green-upgrades than the house is worth (national average) today without the upgrades... I'm just saying... My move toward green? We just run the AC much warmer, use xeriscape, switched to CFL's, try not to run the heat in the winter, run the washer/drier more efficiently, and share rides as much as possible if we can't walk to our destination. Poor man's green. Works for me. :-) Don
Hardly informative or newsworthy. Dual pane windows and solar cells and hot water are not new. Where is the inovation.