What should be considered or included in a new home plan to go green?

Asked by Janell Decker
Pocatello, ID

I am planning to build a monolithic concrete home and I would like to know what I should be incorporating now in the plans to go green?


Bill Bradbury

Answered by Bill Bradbury

Smithfield, UT

Envirocon Home Restoration

September 9, 2013

I believe in using the most natural materials with the least deleterious effects not only to the occupants of the home, but to the occupants of the rest of the world as well.

The sun dried mud bricks of my 110 year old adobe home have much better thermal and elastic performance than concrete while embodying less than a tenth of the energy.

Ask the hard questions and don't accept "cause that's the way we've always done it" as an answer.


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