Our Greenovation of Terra Verde project is located in Central Florida. The home was originally heated via a 300 gallon heating oil tank in the front lawn and a central air conditioning system. One of the first major projects was to install a horizontal closed loop geothermal system in our side pasture.
You cannot have a green home without addressing indoor air quality. Did you know the air inside your home could be up to 100 times more polluted than the air outside? It’s true. The air we breathe in our homes is loaded with pollutants like pollen, lung-damaging dust, pet hair, dander, dust mites, mold spores, bacteria and viruses. No wonder the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency lists indoor air quality as one of the top five environmental risks to public health today. And if you think your standard 1? throwaway furnace filter is doing the job, you couldn’t be more wrong – typical 1? filters only trap about 5-15% of airborne particulates.
For you folks who tune into the Weather Channel, you’re probably familiar with my Forecast For Health reports. These daily segments on the network focus on how the environment or climate affect your lifestyle and health. That’s why I thought this month would be a perfect time to write an article on the importance of Balancing the Humidity in your home for your health and ultimately the health of your home. Most likely, you’re sitting in the comforts of your home or public building reading this article, and what I would like you to do is close your eyes and imagine stepping outside on a hot summer day. On those dog days of summer, it’s easy to feel the effects of humidity. Your skin is sticky, sweat drips from your brow and the air is thick with moisture. Okay, now open your eyes When it comes to humidity inside your home, those effects are replaced by itching, sneezing and coughing because humidity promotes the growth of mold, mildew and dust mites. On the other hand, low indoor humidity is a big issue during the winter months because the combination of heaters and cooler temperatures lower the moisture levels in the air. Humidity in either extreme not only affects the health of your home but the health of you and your family.
Our Greenovation house was built back in 1971. The horse farm was originally called Camberly Ranch, named after the town in England where the Williamson family who originally built the home fell in love with horses.
Ceramic and stone tiles are durable, easy to maintain, and hygienic, representing the ideal surface coverings. However, today’s lightweight construction methods can make the installation of hard surface coverings particularly challenging. In order to protect the integrity of the tile assembly, an underlayment that performs multiple functions is required.
Gene McDonald, President of Refresh Interiors Inc., is an active member of The Tampa Bay U.S. Green Building Council Chapter, Florida Green Building Coalition and The International Surface Fabricators Association (ISFA). As a countertop fabricator specializing in Green products McDonald has fabricated and installed countertops in LEED-certified projects in his area. He has recently earned Master Fabricator status from Vetrazzo Recycled Glass Surfaces, which is reserved for fabricators who have fabricated over 50 Vetrazzo jobs that have demonstrated superior craftsmanship. He has also won The International Surface Design Award in 2006 for best Commercial application of his Illuminated Cobalt Glass Bar. He then won two awards at the 2009 International Surface Design Expo for the Best Green Residential Kitchen and Best Green Small Application for his recycled paper toilet seat that glows in the dark. Gene McDonald is proud to be what some call a Green Interior Artist. He shares his Green projects with the world to help smash the misconception that Green Design is bland and boring.
Right now, we’re getting ready to install our new metal roof and PV laminate system; but first, we had to take a serious look at the truss system. This is the original truss system made of untreated wood, and unfortunately, it only had about five years left, so it wouldn’t make too much sense to put a brand new roof and PV system which will be around for many years to come.
The Greenovation of Terra Verde is showcasing the latest technological advances in solar metal roofing with the help of OneSource Coil Coaters, ASI Building Products and Kelly Roofing and Energy Savings Solutions.
Creating a solar power system requires more than just buying some photovoltaic cells and connecting them to your house, because you need a power inverter to convert that power to work with your home’s electrical system. Power inverters convert the power that is generated by your solar power system from direct current to alternating current, which is used in homes and businesses. This Grid Tie Solar Inverter is designed for those that will still be connected to the power grid, so you’ll be able to provide power when you’re not using it and receive power if you do need extra.