The Current BuilderFish newsletter Feb. 18, 2011
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Enough fresh air?
The spring like temperatures make me think of fresh air, which reminds me of something I've intended to mention. Air quality is a big part of both a "green" and universally designed home. I don't think anyone would disagree that healthy air is important! But how often do you change the air filters in your home? (I'm admittedly slack about this too.)
Among our professional partners, we call upon architect Charles Hendricks of The Gaines Group, PLC and co-owners Justin Kinsey and Wes Ammons of DuctMedic.
Charles is an expert in all aspects of efficient, sustainable design and function with a particular specialization in indoor air quality. Charles teaches classes and presents regularly throughout Central Virginia and the Shenandoah Valley. In regard to air quality, read his post "Does Green cost more?" and email him with questions.
Most harmful things are "out of sight, out of mind", these guys will each give you an honest, frank assessment about whether you should be concerned about the indoor air you're breathing.
HB 1950 Update:
The Livable Home Tax Credit amendment passed unanimously and awaits the governor's signature. Surprisingly, HR 1950 did not received one negative vote since introduced in the House Finance sub-committee.
The bill increases the current tax credit from $2,000 to $5,000 per claim and includes builders and developers. The $1 million total already allocated in this years budget will be divided evenly between new construction and improving existing houses.
Oprah narrates the most incredible videos I've ever seen. If you missed the Life series on the Discovery Channel, you can watch, not only the individual segments about amazing and rare critters, but also behind-the-scenes how the film makers managed to capture never before seen footage. Discovery keeps each segment under 3 minutes a pop (and it's FREE!) so you can easily share with kids on your computer.
I highly recommend if for no other reason that you'll realize we humans live on Easy Street compared to the constant struggle in Mother Nature.
Speaking of which, enjoy that 75 degrees today because we supposedly get high 50's this weekend.