“Blog Action Day is an annual event that unites the world’s bloggers in posting about the same issue on the same day on their own blogs with the aim of sparking discussion around an issue of global importance. Blog Action Day 2009 will be the largest-ever social change event on the web. One day. One issue. Thousands of voices.”
Lake Norman Real Estatehas been participating in Blog Action Day since it’s initial launch on October 15, 2007. According to their most recent email, 7108 blogs are participating in over 136 countries with an expectation of 11,214,552 readers today, Oct. 15th!
Climate Change + Lake Norman “Green” Homes
While climate change may conjur up images of melting icebergs, floods and droughts, if we focus on reducing emissions and renewable energy it is quite important and proper to write about “green” homes and the exciting trends in “high performance” homes that are cropping up in and around our Lake Norman communities.
As a Certified Green Professional, EcoBroker and Green Realtor I have been a member of the Lake Norman Home Builders Association’s Green Building Council for over a year and I am witnessing on a weekly basis the growth and emphasis on using eco-friendly building materials and environmentally-conscious techniques in home building. With over 50 members, our Lake Norman Green Building Council is comprised of builders, contractors, energy auditors, and suppliers of green building products and services ranging from insulation to formaldehyde-free cabinetry and flooring to environmentally friendly landscaping.
In an article in the Lake Norman Business Magazine: “Green Goes Mainstream” Gail Minter made a great statement: “Green building – using eco-friendly building materials and environmentally-conscious techniques–has moved from being an oddity into the mainstream.” I am convinced that once our recession is over and home-builders begin building again, there will be a significant change in the design and components of new homes in Lake Norman just as there will be around the country. We will see an increased emphasis on green technology, sustainability and factors that affect a home from the planning stages through completion including:
- Site selection (placement on lot to take advantage of passive solar energy, minimize storm water run off, maximize use of natural light, protection/minimal disruption of the natural habitat)
- Use of recycled or re-used material include old wood, bricks and glass
- Use of sustainable-harvested or rapidly renewable wood products
- Use of materials and products that are made locally or as close as possible to minimize energy use related to shipping/the carbon footprint
- Recycling of on-sight construction waste or minimizing waste through more efficient building practices
- Use of insulation, design and fixtures and appliances to minimize heat loss and maximize energy efficiency
- Increased use of alternative materials like cement, low-VOC paints, stains and glues to reduce chemical emissions
If you are interested in finding out more about green homes, There is a great new book out: Green From The Ground Up by David Johnston and Scott Gibson.
Or, go to Mother Nature Network to get their list of the 15 best carbon calculators for individuals or households.
Finally, Fine Home Building has a great Payback Estimator for different types of insulation.
Honestly, this has been a bit of a rambling article. The subject of “green” housing has become so broad and encompasses a large and diverse range of topics that I have just tried to wet your appetite and hope you will return to this blog for ongoing articles about Lake Norman’s green housing market. It’s going to be exciting!