Comments on: Green Homes are not Energy Efficient or Sustainable Thu, 02 Mar 2017 12:58:02 -0600 hourly 1 By: frankschulteladbeck Sat, 17 Jul 2010 10:39:56 +0000 Hello Lisa,
I should have clarified that LEED-EB was for commercial buildings. I write for residential audiences, but I pay attention to commercial building practices, because they have a tendency to migrate to residential. Thank you for the correction about EB certification. The article that I read had stated that no building had met EB yet. I am hoping that the homeowners will realize that monitoring their own homes can be a great benefit to themselves. I guess that I should sum up the article with the statement: “for a building to be green or sustainable, the users of that building have to be committed to a sustainable lifestyle.”
Thank you for commenting. :)

By: Lisa Tholen Sat, 17 Jul 2010 00:18:37 +0000 Frank,
Thanks for your nice post. Greener residential construction is a journey that we in the US are only just beginning. Europe is so much further along than we are. We do have to start somewhere, though, and there are a vast number of home builders and remodelers out there who need to be trained in greener construction techiques and products.
FYI, LEED EB is currently only for commercial buildings, not residential. According to the USGBC web site there are 609 buildings that have been certified under EB, and another 2,685 registered to be certified. Commercial buildings use
a huge amount of energy in the US, so improving their performance is a great thing.
Another goal of EB is to help eliminate the problem of non-performing buildings built under other LEED rating systems. The USGBC does not monitor, it is up to the building owner to monitor and report for exactly the reason you state in your last paragraph. If you aren’t monitoring what is going on, how can you fix things that break or fall out of calibration?
Thanks again for the nice post. Keep up the good work.