Posts made in November, 2008


Good News / Bad News


Posted By on Nov 7, 2008

“One of the good things is that the politicians have discovered energy efficiency. One of the bad things is that the politicians have discovered energy efficiency.” This quote is from the Wiscasset newspaper on November 6th in an article about Maine resident Doug Baston. Baston owns North Atlantic Energy Advisors and has been in the Energy field for nearly 40 years. Baston feels that all the attention that the government is placing on energy efficiency has placed a burden of guilt on the general public. While it is a good thing for each of us to be energy efficient, it is also important to keep the big picture in sight. In the overall scope of things, industry is doing the most damage to our planet. That is no excuse to not do our individual best at saving energy and becoming sustainable. Once again, I reiterate that we need to be informed and keep on top of the ways we can participate in energy conservation. Keep in mind that according to Baston, that does not necessarily mean listening to what the politicians are saying, or the incentives the government provides. Sometimes they just want to be in the limelight…whatever it takes.

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Do You Need a Contractor?


Posted By on Nov 7, 2008

There are some home improvement jobs that any weekend carpenter can take care of. In fact, a lot of home owners take pride in their ability to do regular home maintenance and repairs or small building projects. If you run into any of these issues however, it may indicate that you need a bit of help from a contractor. During your home improvement inspection if find wet or damp insulation it may indicate a leaky roof – a job that most homeowners will need help with. Rotted attic or floor joists also indicate some kind of moisture problem and it could mean extensive repairs – you probably should call a contractor. If you find that kitchen, bathroom or clothes dryer vents exhaust moist air directly into the attic instead of outdoors, you might need some help properly venting and repairing any damage caused to date. The key to success in any project is to have a plan in place. While working make sure you have all the correct tools and that you follow all safety precautions. If you get into your project and find you need help, your back up plan should be to call Schiavi Home Builders and hire us as your contractor. We will get the job done for you!

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Home Automation Systems


Posted By on Nov 7, 2008

Anyone who has a teenager most likely realizes that they know more about the DVD, HDTV, TiVo, and any other new technology than their parents do. While we struggle to keep up with the new developments, they are right on top of things, waiting impatiently for the newest and greatest developments. They can text message while down loading a new play list for their Nano, and programming the TiVo. I on the other hand can barely load a DVD into the player and figure out how to make it actually play. So then, as I ponder about new electronic technologies that are available for our homes, like enhanced security systems and programmable lights and thermostats, I have a hard time figuring it all out. In fact the words Home Automation Systems are pretty daunting when you try to think about it. According to the NAHB our home automation systems should enhance our lives while also being approachable. There are specialists that can walk us through what is important to incorporate into our new home. Perhaps it is lighting and heating automation that helps us the most. Maybe we want music to be playing when we arrive home. The possibilities are endless, and that’s why it can be overwhelming. If you can’t deal with it as you are building your new home, there is at least one important rule to remember. Install more structured wiring than you think you need. This way when you do decide you need that surround sound stereo in each room of your home, the infrastructure will already be there.

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The broad definition of sustainability is meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. There are a lot of factors that contribute to the various aspects of sustainability, such as; the population and available living space, pollution of land, water and air, climate change, use of manufacturing materials, energy demands, etc. There is so much involved in the sustainability equation that universities are teaching sustainability as a science major. Included are sustainabilty accounting, or how to quantify sustainability and sustainability governance, or how to control sustainability. The latest idea that I ran across is that sustainability should include preservation of our cultural knowledge. So not only is sustainability applicable to our everday lifestyles, but also to our historical social perpetuation. As the issues of sustainability become more and more complex, all I can do is to try to keep up with the latest information. If you are considering building a home, call to find out what we can do to help you with your sustainability concerns.

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