Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Welcome USGBC Webinar Attendees

If you have come to this blog after David Gulyas' presentation on the ReGreen remodeling guidelines and their application to kitchen and bath projects, congratulations. You are in the right spot! For a quick list of projects he helped with, you may look at related blog posts here or here. Or visit a summary of our green remodeling.

I must say David was instrumental in helping us go green with our kitchen remodel of Humphrey House, encouraging us to do things behind the walls such as tightening up the building envelope and maximizing daylighting in the space, as much as focusing on the materials and resources selected in our kitchen remodel. When evaluating materials, he helped us to think of products in terms of their overall lifecycle contributions, pointing out that the "embedded energy" in a product like bamboo cabinets, due to the manufacturing in China and transportation to the US, may make them less sustainable than cabinets made from local hardwoods.

And although the lack of green in our budget didn't allow us to be as green as we may have wanted, David was very supportive by telling us that was okay and "real" because we had to struggle with compromises and trade-offs.

It is great to see David get some attention and allow him to give back and help spread his knowledge among professionals.