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Green housing research funding


Green housing researchIt's encouraging to see that Washington is taking steps, still kind of small but steps anyway, to fund research on how to increase efficiency in our houses. The home building industry is already spending money on it and now the federal government is joining in. The two-prong approach will add more muscle to the effort and ultimately benefit everyone. The U.S. Department of Energy just announced that it'll have up to $40 million available to support research, development and deployment of technologies that will eventually cut new home energy consumption by 30-90%.

What exactly is the research zeroing in on? The goal is pretty clear from what I gather. It aims to bring new energy efficient products to the real estate market, enhance builder productivity, decrease construction time, come up with new and creative home designs and curtail waste. That's a comprehensive list of processes in the building of a home and if the program can achieve half of its goals, we're making solid progress. The research program is supposed to engage architects, building scientists, builders, community planners, mortgage lenders, equipment manufacturers, engineers, material suppliers, realtors and contractor trades. I'd say that's just about everybody.

The initiative is a component of the Building America project, a public-private partnership, that is seeking to make green-minded changes to the home building industry. Its objective is to facilitate by 2020 the production of net Zero Energy Homes which means that a home would annually generate as much energy as it uses. That would be novel. And good for the planet. If my tax dollar goes to support research like this, I'm all for it.


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Esko Kiuru
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Comment balloon 4 commentsEsko Kiuru • June 29 2007 06:16PM


I can't wait to get working on my ECO-Broker.  I love the green scene.  I do almost all my remodels and fixers with Eco-friendly materials.
Posted by Marcus Valdez (Berkshire Hathaway Rocky Mountain Realtors) over 12 years ago


Green housing is gaining steam. Glad you're with it.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago

I hope to be able to learn much more about this as well.  I have a co-worker who is really heavy into this and it got me to thinking more and more about it.  After-all, our natural world is vital to our own well-being.  Any info (new or old) you have on this Esko, I would appreciate if you passed it my way.  Feel free to email me.  Thanks!

Posted by Jason Sardi, Your Agent for Life (Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina) over 12 years ago


Let's see how this research progresses over time. They're just kicking it off.

Posted by Esko Kiuru over 12 years ago