The death and destruction from Hurricane Katrina’s landfall on the Gulf Coast ten years ago today continues to affect us. Did you learn any of these lessons?
Posted in Building Codes, Government, Safety
Tagged carbon monoxide poisoning, disaster, disaster plan, disaster resilient building code, disaster response, Earth Sciences Office, flood, FORTIFIED Home, heat wave, hurricane, Hurricane Katrina, Hurricane Rite, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, Katrina, Marshall Space Flight Center, NASA, natural disaster, SnowJam 2014, tornado, wildfire
It’s the time of year when children return to school. Big changes in routines can highlight the need for significant changes in our homes and the way we use them.
Your air conditioner may not be the only reason your power bills are higher in the summer. Does your power company have seasonal rates for electricity?
Posted in Design, Energy, HVAC
Tagged appliances, average annual electricity consumption, delay function, efficiency, electricity bill, electricity rates, heat gain, home electricity consumption, kilowatt-hour, nights and weekends, off-peak hours, peak load, RECS data, residential energy consumption, residential rate schedule, summer rates, tiered pricing
Many of us don’t pay attention to our power bills – we just look at the total rather than the details. Could you explain what you’re buying from the power company to another person?
Posted in Energy, Finance
Tagged air conditioning, always on, conservation, electricity, energy, James Watt, kilowatt, kilowatt-hour, megawatt, power, power versus energy, watt, What is a kilowatt-hour?, What is a kilowatt?, What is a watt?, What's a watt?
This is so common, it demands its own blog post. Are you, or do you live with one of “those people”?
The City of Atlanta has taken a real estate investor to court over his failure to clean-up blighted properties. The lasting benefit of this litigation for neighborhoods may surprise you.
The U.S. Federal Government is phasing out the R-22 refrigerant used in many residential air conditioners. What does that mean for home owners?
Posted in Government, HVAC
Tagged chlorofluorocarbons, Clean Air Act, greenhouse gas, HCFC-22, heating and cooling, HVAC, Montreal Protocol, ozone, R-22 refrigerant, refrigerant
Ryan Taylor and Mike Barcik of the Southface Energy Institute are looking forward to presenting, “How + Why: The Details of Sustainable Homes” at the 2015 AIA National Convention.
Posted in Building Codes, Design, Energy, Government, Health, HVAC, Water
Tagged ACCA, AI-820.04, AIA CRAN, Air Conditioning Contractors of America, Appraisal Institute, ASHRAE 62.2, Building America, Building America research teams, Building America Solution Center, Building Science Corporation, department of energy, ENERGY STAR Certified New Homes, Energy Vanguard, Engineered Wood Association, environmental protection agency, EPA, Green Building Advisor, Indoor airPLUS, Key Air Sealing Details, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, LBNL, National Green Building Standard, National Renewable Energy Laboratory, NREL, Oak Ridge National Laboratory, ORNL, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, PNNL, Residential Green and Energy Efficient Addendum, RESNET, Southface Energy Institute, Ventilation and Acceptable Indoor Air Quality in Low-Rise Residential Buildings, WaterSense, ZERH, Zero Energy Ready Home
House Bill (HB) 255 passed through the Georgia General Assembly’s 2015 legislative session. Though HB 255 is probably unknown to most citizens, the precedent it creates deserves our attention.
Posted in Building Codes, Energy, Government, Health
Tagged American Tree Farm System, Forest Stewardship Council, georgia general assembly, Georgia House Bill 255, HB 255, House Bill 255, LEED, LEED v4 for Building Design and Construction, lumber, Sustainable Forestry Initiative, timber industry, U.S. Green Building Council, USGBC, wood wars
They’re back! Warm weather brings carpenter bees. Get ready for battle with these simple steps to protect your property…
The Safer Choice label identifies household cleaning and home products that meet stringent health and environmental safety standards. This is particularly important for children and pets.
Posted in Government, Health, Safety
Tagged allergies, American Lung Association, asthma, Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America, chemical sensitivity, chemicals, cleaning products, Design for the Environment, DfE, EPA, fragrance free, household cleaners, indoor air quality, ingredient disclosure, laundry, Safer Chemicals Ingredients List, Safer Choice, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Uniform Trade Secrets Act, UTSA
The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) has increased efficiency standards for tank and tankless water heaters. The new standards take effect on April 16, 2015.
Posted in Building Codes, Energy, Government, Water
Tagged behavioral waste, DOE, energy efficiency standards, energy factor, gas condensing water heater, heat pump water heater, plumber, plumbing, structural waste, tank water heater, tankless water heater, U.S Department of Energy, U.S. DOE, water conservation, water heating
Ryan Taylor Architects LLC, a small Atlanta architecture firm focused on residential projects, is pleased to announce it has acquired a Gulfstream G650ER to expand its service area.