Please Explain: Making Green Building Affordable

Friday, March 30, 2007

On Please Explain, we’ll find out how to make environmentally friendly buildings more affordable. William D. Browning is an expert in energy-efficient design. Jamy Bacchus is a consultant focusing on energy modeling and sustainability for the built environment. We’re also taking your calls at 212-433-9692 (that’s 212-433-WNYC).

Comments [5]

Patrick O'Leary from California

How do you compare combined benefit systems (PV-Thermal - Conserval) to single benefit installations (PV, SWH, daylighting)?

Do you think the market will move in that direction?

Jul. 01 2008 02:04 PM
John Christina from Queens & now the North Fork

I'm a roofing contractor, just getting started in the energy rated roof systems. I also install tubular skylights & solar powered attic fans. How do I get Started?? I'm a small business with lots of experience in my field. My resources are limited. How much Green $$$$ do you think I will need to get my name out there. How do I make the right contacts?

Jan. 28 2008 05:26 AM
Anna Hackman from New Jersey


Go Buy low voc primer instead of the painters using regular primer. As far as I know, paint does not stop the primer from off-gassing. Check with the tech department of your paint company to see what they say. AMF make a great low voc primer and you can get it online or go to either (he is in brooklyn) or (paul is in the bronx). Both can ship to you. Amf is not cheap but worth it. Your paint may have a low voc primer too. Both Bettencourt and Greendepot are good sources.

Apr. 02 2007 10:54 PM
Amy Prosser from NYC

Question: I'm moving into a new apartment. I've bought low VOC paint for the renovators to use, but they're going to use conventional primer. Will there be major outgasing because of the primer? Will the low VOC paint help to contain the offgasing?

Thank you! Amy

Mar. 30 2007 01:56 PM
Alex Chan from NYC

Hi Leonard,

Great show, always a big fan of your show!

I just want to say that we have enough green technology to take that big step, we just need more green developers. Afterall, at the end of the day it is all about the money.

Have a good weekend.


Mar. 30 2007 01:39 PM

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