"The Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority
announced that Hoosier Energy has been selected to receive
approximately $5.1 million in stimulus funds to complete an average of
$5,000 in weatherization projects at eligible residences. The U.S.
Department of Energy announced approval of the Indiana weatherization program on August 21....Hoosier Energy, which will partner with Sherlock Homes’ Bloomington
office for the weatherization work, will get $5,094,541 to address
8,198 homes in 13 counties — Brown, Morgan, Lawrence, Dubois, Gibson,
Harrison, Jennings, Rush, Scott, Union, Martin, Pike and Spencer.
The Bloomington (IN) Herald-Times featured an article yesterday about greening older homes. It's great to see that the same historic preservationists that have kept so many of our treasured older buildings from being destroyed are now incorporating energy efficient practices into their work.
Since its inception in 1993 publicity around the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) has largely focused on new construction, in an attempt to stop shoddy and energy-wasting building practices before they begin. But the USGBC hasn't totally ignored the greening of existing homes.
The USGBC recently joined forces with the American Society of Interior Designers’ (ASID) Foundation to create REGREEN, which provides best
practice guidelines and targeted educational resources for sustainable
residential improvement projects. On the REGREEN website you'll find terrific resources and case studies to help guide renovation efforts, including a Deep Energy Retrofit Case Study.
Many older homes can be made energy-efficient and, if the house is not completely ruined, this is always preferable to tearing down an existing home and replacing it with a new one. Preservationists might want to have a look at the deep green renovation of a 1915 Craftsman bungalow recently completed by the founder of USGBC, David Gottfried, whose home is rated LEED Platinum.
In the same spirit, LEED for Homes awards additional rating points for building a new house where another house once stood, and building it near essential services to minimize driving.
The building of our own green home was greatly enhanced because we chose to work with a seasoned contractor with a long history of restoring older homes, the Golden Hands Construction company, owned by Chris Sturbaum. In short, preservationists and green builders/renovators are on the same team, and are beginning to work together. That's good news for all of us.
A recent article in the New York Times noted that ten Democratic Senators from coal-producing states have sent a letter to President Obama noting the kinds of protections they want from a climate bill in order to lend it their support:
"They called for transition aid for energy-intensive manufacturers in
the form of rebates on their energy costs; negotiation of a strong
international agreement on emissions; programs to monitor emissions in
other countries; and significant financing for clean energy technology (my emphasis).
authors also proposed “border adjustments,” tariffs, on goods from
countries that do not agree to an international program for carbon
dioxide reductions. The House bill gives the president the power to
impose such penalties on goods from countries that do not adhere to an
international climate change regime.
Most experts believe that some kind of carbon limiting
legislation will be passed in the next year, and business owners of all
sizes will want to know how to plan ahead and take advantage of tax
incentives, etc. Thanks to Lena Lucas and the Green Business Network for organization these informative events.