Why you should want a vegetated roof for your home and business.


Green roof, vegetative roof, intensive, extensive, sedums – there are many terms and phrases you will  learn in the world of growing vegetation on your roof. This is a niche market, it is new and innovative. Or rather, this is a technology that was developed in Germany in the 1960s. It is not really new…

Invest in your future, your profession, and your community, Join CSI.


I strongly believe in investing in education in order to better my future, my profession, and my community. In order to be able to solve the complicated buildings in our future we have to continue to learn new and innovative solutions. From building energy-efficient structures to healthy buildings we are learning new lessons everyday. There…

Design for the future: Universal Design for Every Building


Proper planning for buildings reduce the need for future renovations, extend the service life of buildings, and make it possible for people of all abilities to have access and function. When designing for accessibility the results often focus on wheelchair use in a building. These are limiting strategies that don’t work for most people and…

Is water destroying your home?


Uncontrolled moisture can cause significant damage to your home as well as your health, furniture, and finishes. Mold is not the issue but rather a symptom of the moisture problem that exists. There are many types of moisture issues in your home, not all of them are visible, but all are destructive. Some examples include:…

Spiders are a good indication of Energy Efficiency


A tangle of spider webs inside your home is usually a good indicator of air leakage. Spiders travel on moving air and build their webs where there is plenty of insect activity. This usually coincides with gaps and cracks in your thermal envelope. As air leaks in, spiders have a highway into your home –…

Questions to ask when looking for the perfect green product.


When you are selecting building products you may never find a perfect solution. Here are some questions you can ask to get started: Can I reuse what I already have? Can I donate or recycle what I no longer want? What product can I choose that will last a long time? Can I select a…

Green Terms Defined – Low Impact Development


Low Impact Development (LID) is an approach to site planning the is holistic looking at a building context and Best Management Practices (BMP) to replicate the natural patterns of the site. LID captures rainwater, recycling it to use on-site or slowly letting it recharge the groundwater system. This process filters pollutants through the use of…

Things you need to know before selecting a contractor.


Remodeling or building a new home is a complicated, stressful, and emotional process. The process is usually unclear. There are often many options and no clear right answers. So how do you make it through with the best results. Here is a list of questions that you should answer before you get too far into…

Low-cost Strategies for Green Building


You hear it all the time, but I am here to tell you:: Green does not cost more, quality costs more. Here are 17 tips that will not add to your building costs, but will save you money and protect the earth. Orient building to maximize natural lighting and solar heat gain. Place windows to…

Go green and take advantage of the tax-free weekend for school supplies


Each year it seems the school supply displays appear earlier and earlier. There are countless options for notebooks, pens, and folders. I noticed recently that now you are not only able to buy 64 different crayola colors, you can purchase boxes of 8 variations of a single color per box (green, pink, red, blue…). So…