MChandlerMichael Chandler, Chapel Hill, NC, US
Michael volunteered with the NAHB Research Center to help create the new NAHB-ICC National Green Building Standard and also worked with his local HBA to establish their Green Building Council and implement a credible third-party certification process. Heâ€™s a long term Energy Star Partner and a charter member of DOEâ€™s Builders Challenge program.
His company has been a finalist at the NAHB National Green Building Awards twice for green custom home of the year and has received national recognition for excellence in aging-in-place design. Heâ€™s been named one of the top fifty builders to work for in America twice and has won a Pacesetter award for his profit sharing plan.
Michael is a frequent contributor to Fine Homebuilding magazine and heâ€™s also an advisor and Blogger at www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.
Builders have been slow to adopt 24" OC 2x6 optimum value framing due to concerns about the strength of the structure. We have adopted several framing techniques that work with OVE to improve storm survivability while also maintaining good energy efficiency and stiffness.
Just because itâ€™s recycled doesnâ€™t mean itâ€™s green. Let me explain why I won't use cellulose or blue-jean insulation. . .
Green isnâ€™t an upgrade, itâ€™s the way quality builders build houses, but builders who are trying to move toward building greener, more sustainable homes often say that they hit a lot of resistance with their customers. Selling green, they say, is tough because it costs more. . .
Americans can get to work fixing our own home weatherization problems without government handouts if we just give them a chance. We can put Americans to work fixing Americaâ€™s problems, we already have most of the systems in place, we just need to get started.