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      Green Resources

      See below for great links to Green Building in Vermont



      Benefits of building green include:
       Reduced energy consumption
       Protection of ecosystems
       Occupant health

      What is Green Design?
      Design and construction practices that significantly reduce or eliminate the negative impact of buildings on the environment and occupants in five broad areas:
        Sustainable site planning
        Safeguarding water and water efficiency
        Energy efficiency and renewable energy
        Conservation of materials and resources
         Indoor environmental quality

      Environmental Impact of Buildings:
       65.2% of total U.S. electricity consumption
       36% of total U.S. primary energy use 
       30% of total U.S. greenhouse gas emissions 
        136 million tons of construction and demolition waste in the U.S.    (approx.  2.8 lbs/person/day) 
        12% of potable water in the U.S. 
        40% (3 billion tons annually) of raw materials use globally








      VT Green Building Network -     The Vermont Green Building Network is a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing Vermont  participation in green building and to promoting the environmental, financial, community, and health benefits of green design, construction, and building operation practices. We are builders, designers, developers, policy makers, service providers, and other building industry professionals working together to improve building practices in Vermont.   www.vgbn.org

      There are many areas regarding green building, especially when you take into account all the components of a house, the materials used, and the energy savings.   All of these were accounted for in a experimental housing built right here in Vermont.  Considering the very cold winters that Vermont has it is an excellent place to try out some new passive solar technology.  www.buildinggreen.com

      Here you will find the article about a furnace free home.  www.buildinggreen.com/elists/furnacefree.cfm.

       Long term benefits for the earth are discussed in an article  www.vermontwomen.com/articles/0407/greenbuilding.shtml

      Vermont Green Building Network http://www.vgbn.org/whatsgreenbuilding.php -


       Insulated concrete forms are showcased in this youtube video.  You can also view several other simular video.  www.youtube.com/watch?v=5pi-xBeH6Ug






       Other useful links are listed below.  Some are websites, while others are just an article or video on that website.

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