Ted Clifton
Ted L. Clifton is a designer-builder from Coupeville, Wa., with over 45 years of hands-on experience in the construction industry. His two companies, Zero-Energy Plans LLC, and CVH Inc. have won five Energy Value Housing Awards, and two National Green Building Awards for Concept and Research. Ted has been closely involved with the development of both his local Built Green program and Built Green Washington. www

The future of sustainable communities

The future of sustainable communities

I am seeing the beginning of a movement that is gathering steam. More and more communities in our area are trying to become more sustainable, and part of that progress is due to grass-roots groups of citizens who push the issue with their local community leaders.

The best green building certifications

The best green building certifications

In the state of Washington we have enjoyed a set of very robust and thorough Built Green programs, operated by our local home builders' associations. One of the advantages of these programs is that at the lower levels, builders are able to self-certify, saving valuable Built Green dollars for product instead of expensive third-party certification.

How do you build (or retro-fit) an extremely tight and healthy home

How do you build (or retro-fit) an extremely tight and healthy home

Air-tightness and healthy homes should go hand-in-hand, however, certain old habits often get in the way. People need fresh air, but we don't want that air to be filtered through every crack and fungus-filled crevice in our home.

Incorporate passive solar design into home from the start

Incorporate passive solar design into home from the start

While sunshine may "just happen" and it happens better in some places than in others, effective use of passive solar energy needs to be very carefully designed into the home from the very beginning. Many homes will allow lots of nice warm sunshine in; that is not so much the problem.

Lessons learned in building clean and green

Lessons learned in building clean and green

I was young once; I worked hard, I achieved a lot, and I had risen to a position of some responsibility within my company. I was in charge of anything having to do with carpentry, in a company devoted to road construction.

Energy savings best gift to give

Energy savings best gift to give

The best gift I could give anyone would be the bill for their next 30 years worth of energy, if they do nothing to change their energy habits.

Increase insulation to make a home more energy efficient

Increase insulation to make a home more energy efficient

When making a home more energy efficient, think more of transforming your home, rather than "adding features." Existing homes pose a number of problems for would-be renovators. It is often assumed that simply adding solar panels to the roof of a house can make it zero energy.

Base water heater choice on regional climate

Base water heater choice on regional climate

The best type of water heater to use? It depends! How about we start with what not to use! Do not, under any circumstances, even consider using a naturally aspirated gas water heater. They do not belong in a house,...

Advantage of a sustainable community

Advantage of a sustainable community

There are no drawbacks to living in a sustainable community. Even the cost to develop the community will be less, if it is done right, with a government who understands the process. Think about the pros, and try to imagine how there could be any cons: You will be able to walk to work, to school, to most shopping.

Adding geothermal to a new home

Adding geothermal to a new home

There are lots of factors that will enter into the equation of whether or not to consider a ground source heat pump (GSHP) for your heating or cooling needs. I will outline these factors below, in their relative order of...

Home projects to do before winter arrives

Home projects to do before winter arrives

Prepare your home for winter, now. These tips will help homeowners know what to do before the arrival of cold weather. Water is the number one destroyer of homes.

Ask the Expert: How do I add alternative energy to a home?

Ask the Expert: How do I add alternative energy to a home?

ProudGreenHome: What are the top challenges and solutions to adding alternative energy to an existing home? Ted Clifton: When adding alternative energy sources to a home, I often find the biggest challenge to be that the original design either had...

Ask the Expert: How to make a kitchen more green

Ask the Expert: How to make a kitchen more green

ProudGreenHome: What are five ways to make a kitchen more green? Ted Clifton: Five ways to make a kitchen more green? This is an interesting question. Many people would assume that putting in some combination of "green certified" products would qualify.

Ask the Expert: Pros and cons of Insulated Concrete Form?

Ask the Expert: Pros and cons of Insulated Concrete Form?

ProudGreenHome: What are the benefits of ICF? Ted Clifton: The first advantage is the structural strength inherent in a reinforced concrete wall. In one simple operation, you have the structural qualities of concrete, with the air-sealing and insulation qualities of...

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? Ted Clifton: One of the big problems with many green building programs, including LEED for Homes, is that it's not about adding green features to an...

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