8 Green Building Mistakes

Jetson Green has highlighted 5 Common Green Building Mistakes and we couldn’t agree more. They include:
1. Wasted Resources – use scraps where possible, save materials for other projects, or donate extras to reuse centers
2. Poorly Selected and Installed Insulation – use blown-in or spray foam insulation products to improve energy performance and minimize air leakage (and coordinate with ventilation system)
3. Improper Flashing and Drainage Planes for Water Management – update your know-how on flashing and drainage planes to control water and moisture
4. Tight Homes Built Without Intentional Ventilation – install whole house ventilation systems in all homes to provide fresh, clean air in tight homes
5. HVAC Ducts Installed in Unconditioned Space – layout and install all ductwork to run in conditioned space to improve efficiency and reduce wasted energy

We’d also like to add:
6. Overspending to buy “green” sustainable products – a luxury sustainable product industry has grown, some products are responsible while others are just superfluous.
7. Windows – Replacing used windows for new ones when the original windows worked fine and just needed some maintenance (insulation, air sealing).
8. Consider Advanced Wall Framing – We all do what we can but if you are starting from scratch on a green home don’t let a builder talk you out of considering advanced wall framing techniques that are beneficial to the environment and more efficient.

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Timothy Dahl

Timothy Dahl

Founder/EIC at Charles & Hudson
Timothy’s background includes stints at This Old House, ELLE DECOR, Metropolitan Home and Woman’s Day. His work has been published on Wired Design, Bob Vila, DIY Network, The Family Handyman and Popular Mechanics and he has been featured on the Martha Stewart radio show and as a speaker at the ALT Design Summit, K/BIS and the National Hardware Show.