“Green” Architecture (Aired January 27, 2012)
Chris Colby, Principal of Spire Architecture & Design, provides an overview of how architecture impacts our quality of life and the importance today of “green” architecture—building to save energy and recycle materials. Mr. Colby outlines different steps to take to make a home more energy efficient. This includes solar and geothermal heating or electricity as well as basics such as sealing leaks and whole-home insulation. Mr. Colby offers suggestions for inexpensive ways to improve efficiency in new and older homes, as well as current information about wind power, shingle solar panels, and other energy systems. He also discusses the cost of implementing such “green” home improvements.