Sustainable Homebuilding and Additions
I worked as a laborer on my first house. It was small, very well
insulated, had a passive solar design, and utilized as a prominent
aesthetic and structural feature, over- sized locally harvested
oak logs as second floor joists. In the news that year, environmentalists
and loggers clashed in California in what became known as Redwood
Summer. Simultaneously in the Pacific Northwest, there was a struggle
brewing over old growth forests, involving the northern spotted
owl. These and other topics relating to sustainability and building
were the subject of our lunchtime discussions. It seems like I
have been having those conversations ever since.
time, Green has become an industry buzzword and a bandwagon
that everyone with something to sell wants to hop on. At Cayuta
Creek Carpentry, we are still trying to sort out what is Green
and what is not. What is clear to us is that Green is
not necessarily black and white.
some things that I think we can safely call tenets of green building:
build small, insulate well, use locally sourced and recycled materials
whenever possible, and site the house using what the landscape
has to offer.
means different things to different people. We are interested
in your take.