Learning From the Residents

September/October 2002
A version of this article appears in the September/October 2002 issue of Home Energy Magazine.
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September 01, 2002
        Creating a cutting edge home is exciting, and so is getting a chance to demonstrate to other builders, Realtors, and community residents that the promises of green building can be kept without excessive costs. However, the true test of a highly efficient green home comes when real human beings experience living in it. Six months ago, three nuns from the Humility of Mary Order purchased the first sustainable home in the Cleveland area.This house was built by GreenBuilt Homes, Ltd., a company that I helped create but have since left.The nuns have been living there ever since and providing us with very thoughtful feedback on how the house works.         As part of her work with the federal Building America program, Betsy Pettit of Building Science Corporation designed the 2,500 ft2 house, which has a conditioned crawlspace. We used the Cold Climate version of Joe Lstiburek’s Builder’s Guide to facilitate the building process.We worked hard to get all the details right, and we must have succeeded fairly well, because the building envelope was tested and proved to meet Building America standards (see “...

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