5 things to think about during the planning stage

In our last episode, you got a chance to see some of the 2.2 acre lot that my wife and I will be building our eco-friendly home on. We’re lucky to be building our home in Eastern Connecticut, where we’ll get to experience the New England climate - wet springs and hot summers, followed by beautiful foliage in the fall and cold winters to top it all off.

The New England climate is only one element that we’ll have to take into consideration while we plan out the details for our eco-friendly home. When we sit down with the architect to make some decisions about the design and details of our house,  there are a few items that we’ll keep in mind, items that every prospective homeowner/builder should think about before building.

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When it comes to building an eco-friendly home, what characteristics are most important to you?

There's a lot that can go into building an eco-friendly home. Some eco-friendly homes have features like radiant heating or solar systems that make them truly world class. Tell Dave about what you think are the most important characteristics that every environmentally-friendly home should have! Share your thoughts below. 

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Video Chat with Dr. Allison Bailes of Energy Vanguard

As I move forward in my homebuilding journey, I know that there are a lot of techniques I can use to build my eco-friendly home. I want to insulate my home so that it has the highest R value possible, and ensure that the other details of its construction are as eco-friendly as possible, including the roofing, flashing, exterior, windows and doors. I know that every step of the way, it all comes down to the details. Every step will add up and contribute something meaningful to the big picture.

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Q&A: What Does Green Comfort Mean to You?

What does “comfort” mean to you in terms of building an environmentally friendly home? Share your thoughts and invite your family, friends to join the discussion!  

 

 

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The Journey Begins!

There are a myriad of ways to build a home, but only a few building methods can truly balance being environmentally friendly with comfort and ease. We are on a mission to build a home that achieves this delicate balance, so that our family can live in comfort while reducing ecological footprint and saving money. We invite you to join us through this journey, from the planning stages all the way to a finished home, with a web of knowledgable experts to help along the way! 

 

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Welcome to Green Comfort Blog!

Whether you’re a contractor, architect, licensed professional, or an eco-friendly enthusiast, I am happy to welcome you to the Green Comfort Blog. My name is Dave Sweet, and I am an experienced eco-friendly homeowner/builder. I’ve been building environmentally-friendly homes since the 1980s, incorporating features like radiant heating, photovoltaic solar arrays, and unconventional framing and wall construction into homes that my family and I have lived in, so that we can live comfortably and be better stewards of our environment. 

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