Renovating A 1940's Bungalow To Make It Green



a house doesn't have to be new to be green there are many opportunities to make your home more sustainable with renovation I'm at the home of a Brugger here in the north norm would park neighborhood of Atlanta Georgia in addition to our new green shorts greenhouse project will be following the renovation of Abe's 1940s bungalow let's take a look inside hi Tom come on in mornin so in addition to being a first-time homeowner Abe is also a green building consultant which is why he wasn't afraid of taking on a project like this Abe tell us about the house yeah so the house was built in the 1940s and as you can see the house hasn't been very well maintained over the years and so I was looking for a home that was older but also in need of some TLC he also chose this home because of where it is the house is in north Armwood Park which is right between Glenwood Park and earth craft certified community and East Atlanta there are plenty of restaurants bars receiving some small convenience stores I can walk to from here so I knew this location was gonna be right for me and I should mention here that you were one of the co-authors of the book on green building so you know what you're talking about Carl Seville and I wrote green building principles and practices in residential construction which was the first residential green building textbook and it is used all around the country by colleges universities and even some high schools with this particular project you're gonna do a gut renovation which means all the drywall or plaster the clay comes down but you're gonna save this really nice fire pit any historic elements in the home like the fireplace we're definitely going to keep but as you can see the plaster and lath is in terrible condition and many of the rooms has been covered with drywall and so all that's going to come out part of the benefit of taking it down to the studs is you're gonna be able to reinsulate the home from the inside there's even some water damage from roof leaks in the home so we're gonna get to repair any structural issues like that but also improved energy efficiency through insulation and air sealed so as we document this project with some videos we're also looking to feature some of the products that you're using in the home that will help you make it more sustainable as the green building consultant education is very important to me and so is looking at using this house as a showcase of going through the whole process looking at energy efficiency water efficiency different materials we're using in the home how are we going to improve the indoor air quality of the house as well so spoiling those different elements of what makes this a green home popular Matt hoots who is the general contractor for the project Matt green building is your specialty and we're design-build company if we also focus on sustainable designs energy efficiency practices and also making houses more healthy and energy efficient take time so before you gut the house you're gonna be doing some assessment on it so you can measure improvement so what what tests you're gonna be using well I mean one you can just walk through it now and feel the draft we can run a blower door duct blaster on the house because we do those in order to establish the baseline condition for the house we can show improvement with that we can get potential rebates from Georgia Power for making energy-efficient improvements so we definitely plan to use this series of videos to help our future clients understand all these different green building techniques so follow along as we follow Aves renovation and turn his old house into a green house and that is another easy way to be great follow a vlog at green on gift comm thanks for watching please like and share and subscribe for new videos weekly the green shorts green house uncovering what makes a green house green see you take one marker a house doesn't have to be new to be green

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