Send me a message through PM here or our site. A very good friend is tight with the guys at DOW and I just spent a few days with him in California as solar shingles are on my middle burner for our own home. They disappeared for a couple years but will be available soon if not already in a few states.... more
I'm a buyer's agent who takes many of my clients to visit properties by bike, as it's probably the best way to feel out blocks within a city like Chicago, and listing agents are always commenting about "how green" we are, which has nothing (almost) to do with choosing to ride a bicycle.
You know who's not "green"? Anybody who uses it as part of their vocabulary, unless they are referring to paint colors, grass or leprechauns. This the last person who will know anything about being environmentally conscious.... more
The very fact that it is now on the tips of our tongues and is sweating out of every newspaper and magazine is a good thing. Our country has had the ability to improve and reduce its consumption of energy and materials for DECADES but after a few scares (energy spikes), it finally seems to be hitting home. We even REMOVED solar panels from the White House 30 years ago. Of course, there are Green Charlatans who will make the smallest effort to achieve the green hype that so many builders, rehabbers and the like are after.
Tom and Grace, good answers. Green is not easy and requires the input from several dedicated professionals to make a project work. It's hard to understand why people can't see the ROI on homes that will keep you safer, more comfortable, use less energy and arguably, last longer. Maybe once Oprah greens out her pad here in Chicago will the rest of the America get a hint. We've been offering energy improvement suggestions and findings in our reports for years and clients have loved that.
Baby steps...although I hope our native born babies are huge!... more