Bildit Greene Q & A

Craftsman Bildit Greene Joins BuiltToLastTV.com!

Longtime Carpenter Skilled in Sustainable Construction Set to Answer Your Questions

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Due to the volume of mail we receive, we cannot answer each submission personally. We will, however, feature selected questions and their responses below.

Bildit Greene became a pre-apprentice with the Chicago Regional Council of Carpenters in 1974 before progressing in his career to apprentice and thereafter, journeyman. This seasoned craftsman, never one to “rest on his laurels,” regularly enrolled in skill-advancement courses over the years. As green, sustainable construction and building with environmental consideration, energy efficiency and cost savings in mind gained industry traction, Mr. Greene didn’t hesitate to move in sync. Through formal Carpenter Training Center courses and a personal dedication to learning about new, innovative green building products and materials, Mr. Greene immersed himself in this industry niche that has grown precipitously to where we are today. Modern construction now more regularly includes consideration for energy efficiency, environmental ramifications and end-user cost savings, and Mr. Greene is an expert in this arena. Today’s well-constructed home involves expert craftsmanship, knowledge of industry-standard tools and sustainable materials, energy efficiency and a healthy living environment. At its core is a building envelope comprising protective barriers designed to work together, culminating in a home’s energy efficiency, durability and comfortable living space, and a homeowner’s health and wellness. Among Mr. Greene’s coursework includes OSHA 30; Insulated Concrete Forms; Fire Stop Qualification; Green Building Awareness; LEED Green Associate Prep; Insulation Spray Foam; Total Station; Residential Weatherization; and Supervisory Training Classes (STP). Now semiretired, Mr. Greene still rolls up his sleeves and gets his hands dirty from time to time. He continues to enroll in Carpenter training courses, serve as a guest lecturer in the educational field, attend industry seminars and work as a project consultant. We are thrilled to have him join Built to Last® – "The Green Home" as an industry expert. And he is enthusiastic to address questions from the public that involve sustainable construction, green materials, and energy efficiency products and techniques.
  • Q. Irving:  I have been watching the show and have been fascinated by so many interesting and innovative things being done in the way of building a house green and with sustainability in mind. But I am not in the market for a new home. What kinds of things do you recommend I do with my current home to make it more cost and environmentally friendly and comfortable?

    A. Current homeowners can do quite a bit to make their homes more comfortable and bring down their energy costs. The website www.energy.gov is a good start.  Consider the following efficiency upgrades.

     

    Replace cracked or missing caulk around windows. Seal penetrations around hose bibs and sump pump drain lines, which will make a big difference. Check your home’s weather stripping around windows and doors; replacing it will make a big difference. And add insulation to your attic, which will also help.

     

    There is also a need to check for any holes made by electrical pipes and plumbing vent stacks that need to be foam sealed.  Just by doing your own attic inspection you can probably feel the warm air rising through these openings. Your attic access panel also will contribute to your heating loss.  Multilayers of 2” rigid foam should be glued to the inside of that panel, and foam weather stripping added to the perimeter will also help.  An energy audit will identify all of these energy losses and more in your home.

     

    Hope this helps to get you on your way to a more efficient home.

     

  • Q. Melissa: Is it really worth the extra money to build green or remodel green?

    A. Thank you for your question, Melissa.

    With owners now staying in their homes longer and remodeling rather than moving, it makes sense to add insulation, tighten up the exterior envelope and invest in energy-efficient appliances when they come due for replacement. And where you can’t do the work yourself, be sure to hire a certified contractor familiar with sustainable construction and green products. Because our energy costs have been steadily increasing year after year, these changes and improvements will help cut down on these costs and allow the extra savings to be used elsewhere. Also, in the future if you are moving, you will be able to advertise your home as being energy efficient with less out-of-pocket costs for energy consumption than your neighborhood’s homes.  Lastly, you are also doing your part in the way of environmental stewardship.

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