Heather Ferrier Laminack
Representing the fourth generation of the Ferrier Companies, Heather Ferrier Laminack functions as the marketing manager for Texas-based green home builder Ferrier Custom Homes, utilizing her passion for sustainable building practices and her first-hand experience of green building techniques. View Heather Ferrier Laminack's profile on LinkedIn

Make a good first impression with building site

Make a good first impression with building site

On our new home construction sites, we are recycling or reusing 80 percent of the construction waste, all of which is diverted from landfills. But as we've learned, it takes a good measure of proactiveness and thoroughness to realize this diversion from typical job sites.

Designer light bulb showcases CFL's

Designer light bulb showcases CFL's

Plumen 001, a designer CFL by Hulger, presents a new take on the light bulb's iconic shape. Touted as the world's first designer low energy bulb, the manufacturers set out to make a design statement with its dynamic, sculptured form.

Solar Decathlon captured attention

Solar Decathlon captured attention

I think that the Solar Decathlon held this year really brought into the spotlight efficient, smart design of high performance homes. Although this wasn't the first year of the competition, it was the first time that affordability was thrown into the mix.

Holiday gift ideas

Holiday gift ideas

I would recommend The Energy Detective (TED) as a gift for anyone that is curious about curbing their energy consumption. We provide them as gifts to our homeowners once they move in, and we always receive great feedback.

Solar cash grant expiring at year's end

Solar cash grant expiring at year's end

In 2009 Congress created the 1603 Program: Payment for Specified Energy Property in Lieu of Tax Credits to cover 30 percent of a project's costs in the form of a cash grant. The incentive program was created as an alternative...

Three components to bringing a home closer to net zero

Three components to bringing a home closer to net zero

Improving the performance of our existing housing stock is one of the most important initiatives we can take to create major changes in the amount of energy America's homes are consuming today. For so many of us, improving the energy...

Solar vs. tankless hot water heaters

Solar vs. tankless hot water heaters

As a result of their performance & affordability/shorter payback periods, our clients generally opt for either a tankless water heater or a solar hot water system. The decision between the two typically comes down to two factors: budget constraints and desired payback periods. Following is an overview of the pros and cons of each of the units.

How make your bathroom more green

How make your bathroom more green

One of my favorite design features to incorporate into bathrooms is daylighting. It is one of the great benefits of passive solar design — letting the sun work for us to provide light, while reducing our electric loads (and bills).

Pros and cons of solar water heaters

Pros and cons of solar water heaters

I can testify first hand to the benefit of solar water heating, as I have built and lived in a home that incorporated the technology. In my sunny climate here in Texas, it performed outstanding and I would definitely recommend it.

Homebuilding 101: What to consider when considering a building

Homebuilding 101: What to consider when considering a building

Building a home can be a very exciting process — a culmination of years of dreaming, planning & envisioning the details your home. Often, people have a hard time determining exactly what the first steps in making their dream home come to reality are.

The rise and fall of America’s home size

The rise and fall of America’s home size

It takes no one by surprise that homes today are vastly larger than the ones originally built in America. The average home size has more than doubled since the 1950's, reaching its peak at 2,268 square feet in 2006. One...

Ask the Expert: Natural landscaping helps reduce utility bills

Ask the Expert: Natural landscaping helps reduce utility bills

ProudGreenHome: How do I reduce summer utility bills? Heather Ferrier: With the summer season lurking around the corner (it's already 90+ degrees in Texas), it's a good time to revisit some of the simple, low-cost elements we can incorporate into...

Ask the Expert: How do I make an existing home green?

Ask the Expert: How do I make an existing home green?

ProudGreenHome: What are easy ways to retrofit an existing home to include green features? Heather Ferrier: In my experience, when people consider a green remodel, they often start with a focus on energy-efficient upgrades. Their energy bills are often double...

Green building checklist

Green building checklist

The precise definition of a “green” home is still somewhat of a moving target. Broad arrays of programs, rating systems and laws have been created to provide consistency & structure to the movement, all the while causing spirited debate nationwide....

Green Building: an evolution

Green Building: an evolution

I represent the fourth generation of my family to be involved in the construction industry. Today, our firm is known for green custom home building/remodeling, although I can’t say that was the case a couple of generations back.Like most things...

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