The Green Home Market- Five Top Terms

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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:

  1. Carbon Footprint – A calculation of the amount of greenhouse gases produced as a result of commercial, industrial, and individual activities.
  2. 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.
  3. Daylighting – Designing a building to take advantage of natural sunlight illumination.
  4. 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.
  5. VOC (Volatile Organic Compound) – An organic gas with harmful effects on air quality.  VOCs are frequently associated with paint, pesticides, carpets, and adhesives.
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