Green Remodel Forum
March, 2014
Architects/Designers/Planners for Social Responsibility (ADPSR) are presenting a green building material showcase, the Better Envelope Solutions 2014 in San Francisco, March 19, 2014. Reclaimed bark siding, cork, wool, hemp, and NASA-inspired Aerogel are among the current best available healthy, planet-light, building envelope materials being displayed. Experts Alex Wilson, Tom Lent, Larry Strain and savvy contractors will help you choose wisely and explain how to put them in. For more details, visit showcase.

Attic Insulation
Wrapping the House for Air Tightness
Getting the Right Siding
Save Energy, Lose Weight
Getting the Right Roof
The Green Countertop Dilemma - Resolved!

Attic Insulation
The attic covers only part of the house. To insulate it, Tom's crew placed 20 inches (about R-60) of loose fill cellulose. Blower door tests and infrared camera shots showed that the access ... read more
Wrapping the House for Air Tightness
When we decided to rewrap the house and replace the siding, we looked for a high performing house wrap. We chose the SIGA Majvest. This product is waterproof, windtight, tearproof while vapor porous. ... read more
Getting the Right Siding
To fix up the siding we ran into one complication. Tom discovered that the house is not wrapped properly behind the siding. In fact, in many areas, there are only bare wood boards. We needed to ... read more
Save Energy, Lose Weight
It is well known that humans expend body energy to keep warm. Research by a Dutch team examines how this seemingly obvious notion applies to the body in indoor living environment. A research ... read more
Getting the Right Roof
The bottom roof is in bad shape and must be removed. There are some worn areas on the top roof and side roofs. We also have to patch part of it up after removing the chimneys. The chimneys were ... read more
The Green Countertop Dilemma - Resolved!
About a year ago, I finally did the deed: tackled the partial kitchen remodel that had been a twinkle in my eye for nigh-on 25 years. It was partial because of resource constraints - I didn't want ... read more

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Some Upcoming Events
Better Envelope Solutions Showcase
Description: Our event begins at 12:00 noon on Wednesday, March 19th, and runs until approximately 6:00 pm. We have a full day of presentations ...
Date: March 19, 2014
Location: Contemporary Jewish Museum 736 Mission Street, San Francisco, ... read more
Greywater Design and Installation Workshop (Richmond)
Description: Drought-proof your landscape Learn how to install the popular "laundry to landscape" (L2L) greywater system in this design ...
Date: March 22, 2014
Location: Urban Farmer Store in Richmond (near El Cerrito) 2121 San Joaquin ... read more
Building Carbon Zero Monterey Bay: PHCA's 2014 Annual Conference
Description: Worried about Climate Change? Want to live in a healthy, comfortable building that doesn't create a massive impact on our ...
Date: March 26, 2014
Location: Cocoanut Grove Ballroom 400 Beach Street Santa Cruz, CA ... read more
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