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
Is it possible to build a house too tight? Is that a problem? How will it dry? No matter the audience I have, whether an experience builder, a building inspector or a home owner, I often get these questions. Somehow the notion of building a house too tight is a problem.
The short answer is YES, YES, and YES. Even if you are not a believer or not sold yet on the entire green home trend or concept, you can make more green by selling green. Here, in my home town of Athens, Ga., I have been busy hosting a three-part series in a lunch and learn format with the Athens Area Association of Realtors.
When asking what green building programs focus on, the short answer but that is open to too much interpretation is sustainability. The other thing commonly heard is that it is a holistic approach to construction.
ProudGreenHome: How can a landscape be made environmentally friendly? Luis Imery: Water efficiency or water conservation were hot topics a couple of years ago, at least in Georgia, with the drought that hit the state. At that time people became...
ProudGreenHome: What are five ways to make a kitchen more green? Luis Imery: 1. Energy Star Appliances: Replace old and poor performing refrigerators, dishwashers, washers and dryers with Energy Star labeled products.
As many of the readers know there has been a tremendous boom in green building programs and eco-friendly construction. Depending on the region where you live, you might have three or more programs that are administer by different organization.
ProudGreenHome: How do I reduce summer utility bills? Luis Imery: Well, summer is here and the nice spring weather that you had for cooling your homes with natural ventilation is gone. Now the HVAC system in your home is kicking in to keep it comfortable.
It is often that I am asked if rigid foam boards are the same, it does not matter if it’s a builder client that I am working with to get a house certified under an energy efficiency program such as...