28 Aug '15, 9am

August Forum Recap: The Economic Value of Green Building: By Jaime Alvarez Two seasoned building profess... ^TF

More insulation means less HVAC units: A green building typically requires a significantly upgraded building envelope relative to existing building code. Cost of a better envelope can be offset by requiring lower energy use as well as smaller heating and cooling equipment, the most costly and complex components in a building. Rooftop boilers are simply resilient: While most boilers are typically installed in cellars and basements due to ease of construction, Ms. Benedict has made it her standard practice to install them on the roof of her buildings. Installing a boiler on the roof does not require a chimney, it is a resiliency measure especially in in flood-prone areas with cellars, and delivers higher energy efficiency. To emphasize this point, a cellar/basement can flood not only in FEMA recognized flood zones due to incoming floodwaters, but also further inland due to w...

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