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Happy Holidays

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From all of us at Preservation Properties, we are grateful to you for your loyalty and business in 2010 and years past.  Let's make 2011 a year of good health, joy and continued prosperity.

As a thank you, we want to introduce you to our brand new real estate tool! Utilize this unique, interactive
tool anytime and anywhere for current information on your property and the neighborhood you call home!

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In 2011, we're promising even more instruments of innovation – all designed to keep you on the cutting edge of real estate. Stay tuned to PreservationProperties.com, your station with a real estate pulse.

Happy Holidays,

Ed Lyon

Market Spotlight- 2011 Offers Golden Opportunities

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Where Do I Find an Eco Friendly Builder?

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  • The 12 home designs range in size from 1,300-3,000 square feet.
  • Construction costs range from $225,000 to $500,000 (not including land).
  • All designs include many environmental components, such as: radiant heat, solar panels that provide 50 percent of the  electrical needs, super-insulated walls and a metal roof.
  • For more info, go to Tempiettohomes.com

Windsor Mallett has been building McMansions and traditional colonials in New England for more than 30 years.

After decades of success, Mallett decided to round out his career with a dream project — to build smaller, energy-efficient and sustainable homes that appeal to peoples’ ideals as well as their aesthetic vision.

Tempietto Homes was born in 2008, and Mallett has spent the past two years developing 12 different pre-engineered home designs that he believes are space- and energy-efficient without breaking the bank.

Tempietto Homes“In most cases, it’s not economically feasible to build an efficient, intelligent and beautiful house, even on a small scale. We are working on trying to achieve that,” he says. “The houses we’re building are smaller, but more poetic. We use decks, work with views and break the mold of traditional floor plans.”

Tempietto manages to keep the price lower on these houses by utilizing a hybrid approach to building,  which involves a pre-engineered shell with a customized interior.

By limiting their designs, Tempietto is able to work with a New Hampshire-based company that uses robots to build the home off-site and ships it to Tempietto in pieces. Tempietto puts the home together, similar to a Lincoln Logs toy and then customizes the interior and environmental features, according to Mallett.

“In a week, the structure is up. The process of getting it done is immensely simplified,” he says.

(This article comes from http://www.metro.us/boston/life/article/713215--eco-friendly-living)

 

The 60-watt replacement LED bulb arrives

by Preservation Properties

For years, we have been watching as LED technology has improved and the cost of LED replacement bulbs has gotten lower and lower. Compact fluorescent bulbs have become commonplace, which has been instrumental in saving energy and lowering electricity costs for millions of consumers. But still, we've been waiting for LEDs to reach the point where they start being widely used. And now, it looks like that point may be here.

By the middle of 2011, a new 12-watt LED bulb from Osram Sylvania is scheduled to be available from all Lowes stores.

The Osram Sylvania Ultra A-Line LED bulb produces 810 lumens. This compares quite well with a standard 60-watt bulb (the one I checked is listed at 830 lumens). The LED bulb uses 12 watts, versus the 60 watt incandescent, which is an 80% energy savings.

And the LED bulb should last 25 times as long as a conventional bulb.

The biggest remaining question will be consumer acceptance. Does the LED bulb provide an adequate distribution of light, without the "hot spots" and dim areas characteristic of some earlier LED bulbs? And is the color rendering of the LED good enough to make it an acceptable substitute for an incandescent bulb? The A-line bulb has a color temperature of 2700 Kelvin and a color-rendering index (CRI) of 91. (An incandescent bulb has a perfect value of 100.) Most fluorescent bulbs have a CRI ranging from the low 50s to the high 80s, so the quality of the light should be quite good.

LED lights may have some end-of-life issues with circuit-board materials, as do compact fluorescent bulbs, but, especially with RoHS regulations in place in many parts of the world, those are minor compared with the question of mercury in compact fluorescents. Of course, it's not a problem if the CF bulb is recycled (and more and more places are now taking those bulbs for recycling so that is becoming less of an issue, as well).

And the total amount of environmental mercury is lower when considering the amount of mercury put into the atmosphere by burning coal to produce all the additional electricity that a conventional incandescent bulb requires as compared to the amount that would be spilled if a bulb was broken rather than being recycled, so concerns over CFLs should already be pretty well settled.

The 8-watt A-Line bulb costs around $20 and is available right now. The 12-watt A-Line bulb should be in stores in the first half of 2011.

Water Saving Trends at GreenBuild

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This article is brought to you by our friends over at ReNest.

When green building expert, Alex Wilson, was getting ready to announce his publication's favorite products of the year, he emphasized his concern that water shortages are looming. When we look at green building and products, we need to not only be aware of energy efficiency, but also water efficiency. Next to petroleum, water is soon to be one of our scarce natural resources and should be carefully preserved as such. 

Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures
According WaterSense, flow rates lavatory faucets must be at 1.5 gallons per minute, showerheads at 2.0 gpm and toilets at 1.28 gallons per flush — many plumbing fixture companies are getting ahead of the game, with super low flow fixtures and touch free technology, which not only reduces water use, it also improves hygiene.

Delta: Over fifty-percent of Delta's faucets and showerhead collection is WaterSense certified, many of which have added features that further improve their water-saving performance. Their H2Okinetic showerhead flows at 1.5gpm while providing the feel of a 2.5gpm flow; Touch2O Technology turns faucets on and off with a simple tap, which reduces unnecessary water flow and minimizes contact with bacteria for a more hygenic experience; Multi-Flow is a toggle option on some kitchen faucets that increases the stream from the standard 1.5gpm to a higher flow when efficiency is not a concern (for example when filling pots, vases or other large containers); the Proximity Sensing Technology forms a 4" field around the body of a faucet for hands-free faucet use.
Caroma: Most dual flush toilets use 0.8gpf for the light flush, and 1.6gpf for the heavy flush, but Caroma's Smart Series of high efficiency toilets (HET) uses only 1.28gpf for the heavy, which averages at around 0.9gpf for total use of the toilets — half the industry standard of 1.6gpf! We of course still love their Profile Smart series — it has an integrated sink at the top of the toilet tank, which drains water from the sink into the tank to be used for the next flush.
Niagra Conservation: We're sure that the couple of times we've already mentioned Niagra's Stealth Toilet won't be the last. This toilet is the most efficient, and lowest water using toilet on the market at 0.8 gallons per flush, which is less than the required maximum of 1.6gpf! Find out how it works and more about the groundbreaking technology at Stealth's website.


Rainwater Reuse
In addition to using less potable water in the home, capturing rainwater is continuing to gain momentum. The majority of products we saw were geared towards rainwater storage, however there were also a few filtration systems for graywater reuse, which unfortunately is still not permitted in all municipalities.

Jay R Smith Mfg. Co.: Jay R Smith has a huge catalog and manufacturers a wide range of drainage and rainwater harvesting systems. At GreenBuild they were demonstrating their commercial and residential rainwater harvesting system, which is set up to be used for storage and potential graywater use. Their system collects rainwater, filters it, and then stores it in an underground tank for landscape and non-potable uses.
Rainwater Pillow: As we featured in our favorite products post, the Rainwater Pillow is a super simple rainwater storage system. Rather than storing rainwater in rigid, inflexible tanks, the Rainwater Pillow is esstentially like a large flexible bladder. The bag can hold between 1,000 to 200,000 gallons of rainwater and can be stored pretty much anywhere you can fit it.


More GreenBuild 2010:

(Images clockwise starting from left: Delta Touch2O; Stealth Toilet; Jay R Smith Mfg. Co.; Delta H2Okinetic)

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