By Global Green, Walker Wells
- how eco-friendly development provides price to cheap housing
- the built-in layout process
- best practices in eco-friendly layout for reasonable housing
- green operations and maintenance
- innovative investment and finance
- emerging courses, partnerships, and rules
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Seal ductwork with fiber-reinforced mastic. Do not use cloth duct tape, foil tape, or silicon. • Balance the air supply being distributed to each room on the basis of the calculated room loads. Make sure return grills and ducts are adequate to maintain the desired airflow, provide balanced flow to each room, and ensure that air has a path to the return grill, even if doors are closed. • Specify ENERGY STAR–rated heating and cooling equipment. 8 or better, and install a drainwater heat recovery unit.
Two or three optional approaches for the major energy systems and building envelope should be modeled to determine what approach is most energyefficient. Combining this information with cost data from the contractor enables the project manager to give direction to the architect, mechanical engineer, and structural engineer about what system to pursue. Research on specific structural, insulation, and roofing products should also take place shortly after the charrette and before the completion of design development.
The National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC) should certify ratings, such as on ENERGY STAR windows, which must be NFRC certified in order to receive the ENERGY STAR label. • Use raised heel trusses and two- or three-stud corners to ensure that sufficient insulation is provided at eaves and corners and that thermal breaks in the envelope are minimized. • Fill all gaps around windows and doors, between walls and floors, and all penetrations with a low-VOC caulk or foam that is resistant to ultraviolet light.