1-4 Happy New Year :: The Construction Management Pro

1-4 Happy New Year

This is my first post of the New Year. Wishing All a healthy and joyful Year!

We have heard a lot of talk about Green Building and how to use it in renovations. I have started the process of looking into this myself. I have been certified as a Green Builder by NAHB, but am looking for practical applications for home renovation projects. I will post what I find on this blog.  Here is the first tip of the new year.

The USBGC say to Discontinue unconditioned basement or crawl-space ventilation because in more humid climates, including most of the United States east of the Mississippi River, summertime ventilation of basements and unconditioned crawl spaces has been found to introduce more moisture than it removes. Therefore, in most situations, it is advisable to keep windows and ventilation ports to these spaces closed.

Basement windows are always a problem. They usually have rotten frames, don’t close properly, are used for access to the property by vandals. Therefore, we will be using glass block to close up all basement windows on residential properties that we do. This will do a couple of things. First it will eliminate future maintenance, adhere to the USGBC  recommendation to eliminate basement ventilation while providing light.

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