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Sustainable building takes into account environment, existing land or pre-existing buildings, eco-friendly products and building practices as well as the eventual deconstruction of the building. Green buildings have renewable energy sources, use resources and materials efficiently, have internal recycling and waste reduction practices, use recycled or biodegradable construction materials, and are designed to complement the existing environment or neighborhood.

"Building green" is important not just because of the volume of materials involved in construction (and deconstruction), or the ongoing financial and environmental costs of their operation.  The buildings in which we live and work also shape our daily lives and how we experience the world. Sustainable communities need green buildings, and will be inspired by them. 

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United States Green Building Council

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Organic Painters of Athens GA

Organic Painters of Athens GA

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Location: Athens, GA

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Get Norwalk to Go Greener

Get Norwalk to Go Greener

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Location: Norwalk, CT

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LEED for Homes

LEED for Homes

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City of Houston Green Building Resource Center

City of Houston Green Building Resource Center

Contact: Steve Stelzer

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Tour an Affordable Green Apartment Building in the South Bronx, NY

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Smart Growth Alliances

Smart Growth Alliances

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Location: Washington, DC

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Healing the wounds of war

Healing the wounds of war "Operation Green"

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Location: West Haven, CT

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Western North Carolina Green Building Council

Western North Carolina Green Building Council

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Location: Asheville, NC

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Connecticut Businesses that Educate People on Green Building Practices

Connecticut Businesses that Educate People on Green Building Practices

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Location: Fairfield, CT

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Educating consumers about basic green design, renovation and building practices

Educating consumers about basic green design, renovation and building practices

Contact: Victoria Lyon

Location: Greenwich, CT

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Rescued Relics

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Green Convention Center

Green Convention Center

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Sustainable Stamford's Corporate Sustainability Challenge (Stamford, CT)

Sustainable Stamford's Corporate Sustainability Challenge (Stamford, CT)

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Location: Stamford, CT

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Marlene asked:
01/23/2014
What is the best quality flooring?
David Popoff answered:
01/24/2014

Marlene, You can write a book about this, it really depends on your budget, location and use of floor (kitchen, bath, familyroom, basement). I recommend the going to www.TheFlooringGirl.com to find answers. Here is a link http://theflooringgirl.com/request-a-free-consultation/frequently-asked-questions.html

Michael asked:
11/19/2013
I own Green Bridge Farm, an ecologically focused subdivision . The community is in South Georgia near Savannah. I looking for green building contractors in this area to build houses on the farm. My contact info is on my website. www.greenbridgefarm.com
David Popoff answered:
11/19/2013

Michael there are so many resources for you. Your local state or regional chapter of the US Green Building Council, Certified Greee Professionals at National Association of Home Builder, Realtors~Green. Here is a link for more http://activerain.com/blogsview/3707698/look-here-to-find-your-local-green-professionals-

Marlee asked:
03/02/2013
do you have an six panel interior doors in stock? Also are any of them Pre-hung??
David Popoff answered:
03/02/2013

Hi Marlee, Yes to both of your questions at Rings End lumber with a number of locations through out Connecticut. http://www.ringsend.com/products/doors Good luck on your project.

Christa asked:
02/28/2013
I am currently rebuilding my home in Milford Ct that was destroyed by Irene and again in Sandy. I just finished the foundation, I had to elevate it, and I do not have much left to finish the interior and I also have to build stairs and landings to get in the now elevated home. My insurance co won't give me any more money because I am not at the "percent" completed and I cannot get my ICC claim money because I have no stairs! Is there anywhere I can get "used" material as I am on an extremely
David Popoff answered:
02/28/2013

HI Christa, I have heard all too many stories about families stuck in this situation. Habitat for Humanity is a great organization that recycles building materials in Connecticut and Nationwide. Here is their website; there is a recycle store next town over from you. http://blog.habitatcfc.org/ You can also try contacting your local building supply company to see if they or if they know of any contractor’s that have left over unused materials. Patience is key, rebuilding a home is a long process I wish you the best of luck.

Gary Baggett answered:
02/28/2013

Feel free to give me a call. My office number is 203-296-2207 or my cell is 203-650-5583

Lisa asked:
02/12/2012
How can I find a "green home" builder in my area?
David Popoff answered:
02/12/2012

Lisa here are some websites to help you find a local builder who specializes in green building techniques, materials and designs. 1. The National Assoc. of Home Builders (NAHB) has a Certified Green Professional (CGP) designation for builders. Here is a link to find local CGP’s in your region. http://www.nahb.org/directory.aspx?sectionID=1434&directoryID=1415 2. The National Assoc. of Realtor’s also has a Green designation for real estate agents. http://www.greenresourcecouncil.org/find_an_nar_green_designee.cfm 3. U.S. Green Building Council has LEED AP Homes designation for architects, builders, consultants. https://ssl12.cyzap.net/gbcicertonline/onlinedirectory/ https://ssl12.cyzap.net/dzapps/dbzap.bin/apps/assess/webmembers/tool 4. Energy Star program for homes by the US government. http://www.energystar.gov/index.cfm?fuseaction=new_homes_partners.locator

Pete Fusaro answered:
02/12/2012

Lisa, I'm currently building a house with multiple certifications,located in Old Greenwich Connecticut. I would be interested in taking a look at your plans. Pete F. www.preferredbuilders.biz

Chuck Lohre answered:
02/12/2012

Go to your local U.S. Green Building Council and they will send an email out to the members their region http://www.usgbc.org/FindaChapter/ChapList.aspx. You could also find LEED homes in your area by searching the database at http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=147#Lists . Each home project is assigned a LEED Rater and they can give you some references as well. http://www.usgbc.org/DisplayPage.aspx?CMSPageID=2528

Lexi asked:
11/18/2011
I would like to remodel my kitchen and want it to be eco-friendly, what are the three most important things I should do to be environmentally friendly?
Chuck Lohre answered:
12/23/2011

Looks like we all are suggesting techniques used by the U.S. Green Building Council. You can download their free LEED for Homes guide at http://www.usgbc.org. If you want more detail you can purchase the expanded edition that goes into more detail. I've LEED registered my 1956 Frank Lloyd Wright home as a gut rehab. See my checklist at http://green-cincinnati.com/category/flw-boulter-house/.

Pete Fusaro answered:
11/18/2011

Lexi, #1 When choosing cabinets you want to have formaldehyde free glues and low volatile organic compounds that give off little or no toxic fumes. #2 For countertops using there are quite a few manufacturers that incorporate recycled paper, recycled glass and limestone. here is a example. http://www.squakmountainstone.com/ #3 Choose Energy Star appliances which will save your utility costs and may provide rebates for your refrigerator, dishwasher along with water sense approved faucet fixtures. Here is a useful link http://www.energystar.gov/ I hope this serves you well! Pete F,

David Popoff answered:
11/18/2011

Lexi, my links did not come through on my first comments. To find USGBC chapters ~ http://www.usgbc.org/FindaChapter/ChapList.aspx To find Certified Green Professional Builders at NAHB ~ http://www.nahb.org/reference_list.aspx?sectionID=1434

David Popoff answered:
11/18/2011

Kitchen Remodeling. Lexi I totally agree with Andrew: 1. You want to reduce waste as much as possible by reusing or giving away 2. Try to use renewable products and/or recycled products 3. Natural light with high efficient gas filled windows. I would also suggest: • Energy Star appliances that will continue to use less energy. • Efficient light fixtures such as LED’s that will give you great task lighting. • Find a ‘green’ contractor; try the NAHB website or your local USGBC chapter for accredited professionals. • Pick out all your materials before hand, have proper blueprints drawn so there are no miss communications. If we can be of any further help please send e-mail, good luck.

Andrew Pawlowski answered:
11/18/2011

lexi: 1. divert as much of the waste from the demolition away from a landfill as you can. an increasing number of waste management facilities have diversion programs for construction waste that can reduce the impact on the landfill. not sure if there is a habitat for humanity "re-store" near you or a place that takes in used building materials and re-sells them for profit. we have one in our community and its a good feeling to leave something there, i also buy stuff there too. also consider re-installing the old cabinets in a garage, basement or other area of the house (or a friend's house). 2. use materials with low-energy or recycled content. cork flooring, countertops with easily renewable core materials, tile made from recycled glass. the neat thing about all of these is that so many manufacturers have jumped into the game, your kitchen doesn't have to look dull or strictly earth-tone... 3. bring as much natural light into the space as is feasible, which can greatly reduce the amount of time the lights are on. consider the layout and how frequently used task areas (sink, cutting board) may be placed near a window or under a skylight. best of luck, let me know how it goes ...

Nam asked:
08/03/2011
what type of paint do you guys use on the green buildings? we have a product that is 100% green made from 100% recycled cotton and clay. It also gives fire retardant, insulation, past and mold control if you guys are interested on our product visit our website at www.cottonspray.com
David Popoff answered:
08/14/2011

Thank you for the link, always good to hear about new products

Janak asked:
05/20/2011
hey Daphne, Per my last conversation with Solid Waste and Recycling this was suppose to be happening this summer!
answered:
05/24/2011

Great news! I just heard that it is suppose to start in July.

Daphne asked:
05/20/2011
Congratulations to Audubon Greenwich on being awarded $5,000 from Stonyfield Farm for collecting the most UPC labels (barcodes) from Stonyfield Organic Milk. The award money will help the Center with exhibits and nature education programs. Stonyfield Farm, located in Londonderry, NH, helps support hundreds of family farms and keeps over 180,000 agricultural acres free of persistent pesticides and other chemicals commonly used on nonorganic farms and known to contaminate soil, drinking water.
answered:
05/24/2011

Congratulations!

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