The importance of knowing your climate zone
This weekend I had the opportunity to meet a great group of colleges in Austin, TX. What brought us together was the 2012 RESNET Conference that is taking place now between February 27th and 29th. More specifically, as they always do, they are a series of preconference training that capitalize in the fact that many people are coming to the event and they can really book entire rooms for a particular training session.
In my case, and that of my fellow colleges, we were all gather to go through the 2 day instructor led LEED Green Rater training. This is one of the many mandatory steps in order to become a LEED green rater. I will say that it was the first time that I really had the chance to talk to builders, HERS Raters, BPI and energy consultant from all parts of the country. It was an amazing experience because what one could think is a straight forward green building technique in Climate Zone 3, it will have dramatic consequences if implemented in other climate zones, for example Climate Zone 7. The training was of course focused on the LEED for Homes rating system, but I took every opportunity during the breaks to establish excellent conversations about standard practices in different climate zones. For example, in climate zone 7, if you are even thinking about building an efficient building envelope applying slab edge and under slab insulation to great thickness is a MUST. While listing to the different ways you can accomplish this, I was thinking, WOW imaging doing that in TERMITATE country, I mean Georgia. And this is just one example of many more...
The point I am trying to make here is that if you are in the market for a custom home, make sure that your interview builders that have a good understanding of building science and the implication of different building techniques for the climate zone. Better yet, incorporate a rater into your design team. That couple with an experienced green builder that built under third party certified green building program such as LEED, EarthCraft and/or Energy Star and you as a consumer should be worry free...
Topics: Certification / LEED
Luis Imery Luis Imery, through his business the Imery Group, is a full service construction, home energy performance, green certification and real estate group specializing in infusing sustainability in every facet of the real estate cycle. Its construction division has become pioneers in the Athens, GA area in green building of speculative, custom and design-built construction. Just in 2011 they have over 110 units slated for green certification under the EarthCraft program. www