|Re: Non-toxic building materials||<– Date –> <– Thread –>|
|From: Sharon Villines (sharonsharonvillines.com)|
|Date: Sat, 26 May 2018 13:39:22 -0700 (PDT)|
> On May 25, 2018, at 12:22 PM, Mitchell Darer <mitchell.darer [at] gmail.com> > wrote: > > We are couple who are active in a new co-housing group that anticipates > breaking ground next month. If you are already breaking ground it may be too late — are all the construction bids in? I don’t know about products —we built in 2000 and think things were spec'ed before that. The one thing I know is that in 2000 the contractors had not a clue about the materials we had specified. I wasn’t on that team but watched the email as one thing after another had to be redone because the wood wasn’t arsenic free or the glue non-toxic, etc. The contractors just followed standard practice. So it will take work upfront to get them to actually read the RFP and follow the contract. Hire a professional to help you decide when it makes sense financially to use the more environmentally sustainable and non-toxic material. Sometimes there isn’t a reliable alternative and sometimes the alternative is unreasonably expensive. A professional will also know AND, this is a big one: Figure out how you will get the system serviced, repaired, maintained, refinished, etc. If no one in your area is an expert on geothermal systems, don’t install one. If the windows are super efficient, be sure the installers know the product and install it right or it won’t matter because there may not be the right seal between the windows and the framing. It’s a two edged sword. Think about the year after you move in. Where is your help? Do you understand the technologies yourselves? It’s been 20 years but it took at least 10 years and 4 service providers before our geothermal system was working optimally. The best maintenance company only serviced the systems they installed. My system didn’t work for 2 years. Many people looked at it and did various things but it took two years before they figured out that my pump was pumping water the opposite direction than the pump upstairs. They had no clue that they were connected. That happens with conventional materials too but hire a professional. Sharon ---- Sharon Villines, Washington DC "We're only the light bulbs, and our job is just to remain screwed in.” Bishop Desmond Tutu
Non-toxic building materials Mitchell Darer, May 25 2018
- Re: Non-toxic building materials Sharon Villines, May 26 2018
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