Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies

Project: Building Green, Episode 1, Part 2



In this pilot to Bob's new Building Green web series, he focuses on green projects that are embracing the cleanest and most efficient technologies. Bob first introduces us to a contemporary urban apartment complex in the South Bronx, NY, a Georgian Colonial house in Westchester that had to rebuild after extensive mold damage, and an earth-bermed house made of salvaged materials in upstate New York. In these three homes, styles and materials from the past are embraced while incorporating the newest green-technology advances.
Part 1: Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building
Part 2: Tour a Salvaged Home with the Latest Green Technologies
Architect Mary Kennedy walks Bob through a tour of her Georgian Colonial family home in Westchester County, NY. After the house was ruined by a flood, it became a "sick house" and impossible to repair. Instead of demolishing it, Mary decided to go through a process of salvage and save everything that was not contaminated by mold. The challenge was to preserve the spirit of the old house while incorporating the latest building green technologies such as energy-efficient glass windows and doors, solar slates to generate electricity for the house, and solatubes to bring natural daylight into the home's interior spaces. Bob points out the enormous energy savings and how lots of little things can add up to a bigger impact and a reduced cost.
Part 3: Tour an Earth-Bermed House in Upstate New York

In Bob’s new Building Green Web series, he focuses on green projects that are embracing the cleanest and most efficient technologies. He demystifies green home design and construction as well as the myth that building green has to mean building expensively or unattractively. His premise is that homes are where people can make the biggest difference, and he not only demonstrates how – he shows viewers how they can put changes into place that will actually save them money while saving the planet. Whether he’s touring a contemporary urban apartment complex in the South Bronx, NY, a Georgian Colonial house in Westchester that had to rebuild after extensive mold damage, or an earth-bermed house made of salvaged materials in upstate New York, he helps people save the best of the past while incorporating the newest advances.

 

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