Nelda H Braver
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  • Pleasant Hill, CA
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Great event last night at The Vine
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My daughter and I really enjoyed the event. Great wine and wonderful people.Thank you to the organizers.NeldaContinue

Started this discussion. Last reply by Tina King Neuhausel Jul 17, 2010.

 

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Green Building Education, Architect, LEED-AP,CGBP,Green Point Rater

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"Green" finishes

There are many shades of green, but the green finishes I would like to talk about today are environmentally preferable finishes for your home or office.



Here is a bullet list to remember:

  • FSC certified wood (Forest Stewardship Council Wood- Google it for more info)

  • Reclaimed or refinished materials (ever seen barn wood flooring, or frosted glass pebbles for yard paths?…
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Posted on July 19, 2010 at 6:30pm

What is a radiant barrier?

Think of aluminum foil on the underside of your roof. Yes, aluminum radiant barriers are the unsung hero of energy savings. In new homes or remodels you put it on the roof sheathing (underlayment) before the roofing material goes on. There are also ways to retrofit your existing roof. Here are some interesting facts first.

  • Install as sheet or laminate to OSB decking (OSB is Oriented Strand Board-now used instead of plywood in many cases)
  • Blocks 90%+ of roof deck radiant…
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Posted on May 24, 2010 at 10:54am

Insulation - A Cozy Jacket for Your Home

You can think of insulation is a warm and cozy jacket for your home. Why insulate your home? Of course it saves on your energy bill but how?

  • It slows conductive heat
  • It stops convective heat and currents in the air of your home
  • It reduces radiant heat
  • It reduces noise
  • It must be perfectly installed. If not you have massive losses in its value.

So what kind of insulation is best and how "green" is it?

Here are a few things to… Continue

Posted on May 20, 2010 at 9:17am — 4 Comments

Before You Go Solar-Seal the Leaks

Everyone wants to "Go Solar". Before you go solar you need to seal up the leaks in your home and have healthy, controlled air coming into your home not leaking from a dusty attic or moist crawl space. Going solar without fixing the leaks is like having a hole in your gas tank and saying, "Oh I guess I will fill the gas tank with bio-fuel". You are still leaking gas.



Where is air leaking?

31% - Floors, walls and ceiling

15% - Ducts

14% - Fireplace

13% -… Continue

Posted on May 4, 2010 at 2:05pm — 2 Comments

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At 1:00pm on June 17, 2010, Anne Cavazos said…
Hi Nelda,
Thank you for the informational presentation last night! The audience seemed very engaged. I seemed to have lost the great list of resources in all the excitement after your presentation and I was wondering if you could send a new one to me.

Thanks again!
 
 
 

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