Even as the residencial housing market continues to lag, the interest in green homes is growing. Among the most popular reasons for this growing popularity are:
- Operational cost savings
- Environmental concerns
- Occupant health
- Potential resale value
Recent sudies have found that almost two-thirds of the public are aware of green building. As interest increases so must knowledge and education as to what GREEN really means. Last week I spoke about “greenwashing”, today I would like to address some of the more common but yet very inportant terminlogy to know when dealing with green issues.
Five of the top terms are:
- Carbon Footprint – A calculation of the amount of greenhouse gases produced as a result of commercial, industrial, and individual activities.
- CFL (Compact Fluorescent Lamp) – Small fluorescent light bulbs that can be used in place of incandescent light bulbs. CFLs consume significantly less electricity and last 8-10 times longer than incandescent bulbs.
- Daylighting – Designing a building to take advantage of natural sunlight illumination.
- Green Seal – A certification for construction products, such as windows, paints, and adhesives, attesting that the products were manufactured and can be used with minimal impact on the environment.
- VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) – An organic gas with harmful effects on air quality. VOCs are frequently associated with paint, pesticides, carpets, and adhesives.