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. He’s a long term Energy Star Partner and a charter member of DOE’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. He’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 he’s also an advisor and Blogger at www.GreenBuildingAdvisor.com.
It was one of those homes that always made me smile, a homestead done right behind a reflecting pond. A modest stone-wrapped cabin with an old tin roof set in a lawn studded with fruit trees. And then the phone rang and I was being asked about a whole house remodel. The potential to screw this up was huge, the budget was so small the building inspectors actually giggled when I told them. An 1850 era log cabin that had been moved to this site in 1900 and added on to subsided into the muck for 50 years and been "stabilized" at 8" out of level in twelve feet. It had been wrapped in asbestos (surprise!)then cedar and then added onto again and again. It had snakes in the crawl and bats in the attic. But it was the heart and soul of this community and an opportunity to do right(and get paid)and have fun doing it.
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 it’s recycled doesn’t mean it’s green. Let me explain why I won't use cellulose or blue-jean insulation. . .
Green isn’t an upgrade, it’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 America’s problems, we already have most of the systems in place, we just need to get started.