Georgia Magazine - May 2010 - (Page 23)

Go greento bottom from top Energy-efficient upgrades that save money and offer tax credits BY MORGAN ZENNER BEFORE AND AFTER PHOTOS COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF THE REMODELING INDUSTRY Y ou’ve decided to take the green path for your next home improvement project. These days, the word “green” is everywhere, but homeowners really need to know: What exactly does it mean to go green? AFTER NARI Contractor of the Year (CotY) 2009 award winner— Entire House $250,000BEFORE $500,000 category. This St. Petersburg, Fla., home took full advantage of a plentiful resource, the sun. TriplePoint Construction LLC helped them install a 90-percent recycled metal roof to reflect the heat from the sun and make use of the natural Florida sunshine by inserting windows throughout to reduce electrical usage. According to Building Design & Construction magazine’s White Paper Survey, “55 percent (of building industry professionals) said they had trouble sourcing green products, and out of those, 81 percent said ‘green’ was not always clearly defined.” Why all the confusion? At one time, green products were considered anything manufactured with at least 30 percent recycled material, but now, several other factors determine sustainability. Every material has energy output; the question is how much and what type. Currently, green products are ranked by their Life Cycle Assessment (LCA), which takes into consideration manufacturing practices, installation, use and eventual disposal. Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), the government has cast a bright light on improving a home’s energy efficiency. By lowering energy use, homeowners preserve existing May 2010 resources and practice sustainability. With all of these factors, going green is not as clear-cut as homeowners may have thought. So here are several items to keep in mind before beginning a green investment of your own. Sustainable surfaces Surfaces in your home include countertops in kitchens and bathrooms and flooring. You cannot talk about going green in this area without talking about VOCs, or volatile organic compounds. VOCs are a hot topic when it comes to green because according to the U.S. Environwww.georgiamagazine.org mental Protection Agency (EPA), compounds are emitted as gases from certain solids or liquids and include a variety of chemicals that can have adverse health effects. Just because you choose the greener option doesn’t mean you have to throw out other considerations in surface choice—such as style, functionality, durability and, in the case of kitchens, food safety and heat resistance. Marble, slate, granite and stone are natural surface options that do not release VOCs. For homeowners with a modern, industrial streak, concrete has made its debut as a sustainable surface that 23 JOECICAK / ISTOCKPHOTO.COM http://www.ISTOCKPHOTO.COM http://www.georgiamagazine.org

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Georgia Magazine - May 2010

Georgia Magazine - May 2010
Table of Contents
Viewpoint
Mailbox
Picture This?
Georgia News
Calendar
Currents
Special Energy Report
A Glass Act
Go Green from Top to Bottom
Around Georgia
My Georgia
Georgia Gardens
Georgia Cooks
Recipes from Mom
Georgia Cooks Contest
Cookbook of the Month
Snapshot

Georgia Magazine - May 2010

http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201910
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201909
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201908
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201907
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201906
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201905
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201904
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201903
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201902
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201901
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201812
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201811
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201810
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201809
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201808
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201807
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201806
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201805
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201804
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201803
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201802
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201801
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201712
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201711
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201710
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201709
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201708
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201707
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201706
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201705
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201704
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201703
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201702
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201701
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201612
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201611
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201610
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201609
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201608
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201607
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201606
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201605
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201604
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201603
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201602
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201601
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201512
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201511
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201510
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201509
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201508
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201507
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201506
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201505
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201504
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201503
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201502
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201501
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/libertynotes_billofrights
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201412
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201411
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201410
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201409
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201408
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201407
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201406
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201405
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201404
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201403
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201402
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201401
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201312
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201311
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201310
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201309
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201308
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201307
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201306
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201305
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201304
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201303
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201302
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201301
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201212
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201211
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201210
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201209
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201208
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201207
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201206
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201205
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201204
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201203
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201202
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201201
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201112
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_realitycheck
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201111
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201110
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201109
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201108
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201107
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201106
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201105
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201104
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201103
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201102
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201101
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201012
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201011
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201010
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201009
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201008
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201007
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201006
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201005
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201004
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201003
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201002
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_201001
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_200912
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_200911
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/gemc/georgia_200910
http://www.nxtbookMEDIA.com