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Green Building Project

MRGS Mid-Term Project
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Madison Doehler

on 14 January 2013

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Location and Climate Walls Green Building Project By The Environmentally Friendly Houseboat Base The Green Houseboat will be located on the Aegean Sea. There, the average temperatures range from 50 degrees Fahrenheit to 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The 70' by 56' by 6" base of the houseboat will be made out of recycled aluminum and will cost a total of $625,087.32 The interior walls will cover a total of 4,176 square feet, and will be made out of recycled gypsum. Aluminum is the cheapest metal, yet it is extremely durable. Just like the base of the Green Houseboat, the exterior walls will be made from recycled aluminum, and will cost approximately $11,000. The recycled gypsum will cost $1 per square foot, bringing the total cost of both the exterior and interior walls to approximately $18,546. Recycled gypsum is the most practical substance due to the fact that there are very few harmful chemicals, compared to standard drywall. Heather Landes Madison Doehler And Guadalupe Reynoso So first off, what exactly is a "houseboat?" A houseboat is defined by Dictionary.com as "a flat-bottomed, barge-like boat fitted for use as a floating dwelling but not for rough water." Okay, so a houseboat is a place for the wealthy to go when they want to have the excitement of a yacht, and the comfort of a luxury home. How exactly is that environmentally friendly? Well, the following presentation is made to show that a millionaire can relax in style, while still helping to save the environment. Why are we using recycled aluminum for the base and exterior walls? However, this particular houseboat will not be used by a millionaire. It will be rented out to a different group of 7 people each week (8, including one full-time environmental science professor). Its purpose will be to educate graduate students about how luxury and environmental protection can go hand-in-hand. So how much will it cost to attend a college accredited session on the Green Houseboat? It will cost a total of $5,000 per student per week, making it both affordable, and educational. The Green Houseboat Association (a nonprofit organization) will provide full scholarships (totaling the $5,000 tuition cost of attending a session on the Green Houseboat) to students who conduct a semester-long research project aided by a faculty mentor, prior to applying for attendance to a session on the Green Houseboat. This research project must be focused on one of the Green Houseboat's environmentally friendly factors, and how that particular factor can be implemented in their community. Insulation We will use Soy Foam insulation in the Green Houseboat, because it is lightweight, easy to install, and resistant to mold and mildew. That's great! But how exactly is it environmentally friendly? Soy foam insulation is environmentally friendly, because it is made from all natural ingredients. Furthermore, it will keep the Green Houseboat's monthly energy consumption from heating and cooling, at roughly 50% below that of a houseboat without insulation, due to its high R rating of 23. 4,488 square feet of four-inch-thick insulation will be needed for the houseboat, totaling $8,976. Roof For the Green Houseboat's roof we will use a mixture of recycled and solar shingles. Recycled shingles are made from recycled waste materials, such as plastic, rubber, and wood fiber. These shingles help to divert waste from landfills and reduce the need to extract and process raw materials, which lowers energy consumption and reduces pollution. Solar shingles are solar panels in the form of shingles. These shingles are a green way of providing both style and electricity for a home. A battery bank with a price of approximately $5000 will convert solar energy to electricity throughout the day and store it for later use. Using a battery bank means that energy provided by the sun can also be used in times of little to no sunlight. The recycled shingles will cost approximately $3,500 while the solar shingles will cost approximately $20,000. Solar shingles are definitely worth the price, because they will save a lot of power (5 kW a day) when it comes to electricity. So, the total cost of the shingles for the 1,840 square foot roof will be approximately $23,500. Bathroom One skylight on the roof will provide the necessary lighting for the bathroom during the day, while an LED ceiling light will draw power from the battery bank during the nighttime. Aveda brand soaps, shampoos, and conditioners are made from natural materials, which are not harmful to the environment. Aside from the Aveda brand, there are many environmentally-friendly washes on the market today. These natural washes will be the only types allowed on the Green Houseboat. The water-recycling shower is estimated at approximately $4,000. As for the toilet, we will install a TOTO® Eco Drake® High Efficiency Two-Piece Toilet, which will save over 24,665 gallons of water a year! It will cost a total of $250.25. Overall, the bathroom will cost approximately $1,242.43. Bedroom Here is an example of what solar shingles look like: Here is how a battery bank works: LED lights will be used to illuminate the Green Houseboat during the nighttime, because unlike traditional bulbs, 80% of all the electrical power put forth is converted to light energy instead of heat. Therefore, less electricity will be used overall. One 50,000 hour LED light will cost $35.95, and two will be placed in the bathroom, totaling $71.90. There will be one 12 by 12 foot bedroom, which will house four sets of bunk beds, providing accommodations for up-to eight people. These bunk beds will cost $1,495 each, bringing the total cost to $5,980. The bunk beds are sustainable and will last a lifetime. These beds are greener than typical beds, due to their coating of Old Fashioned Milk Paint, as well as other natural, low VOC finishes. In order to provide enough light for the Green Houseboat inhabitants, five strategically-placed skylights will be used. These skylights will be three-feet by three-feet, and triple-paned. They will be placed as follows: one in the bathroom, two in the living space, and two in the kitchen/dining area. They will cost $459 each, totaling $2,295. Ceiling "Aura" paint by Benjamin Moore will be used for the ceiling and walls. This paint lacks VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds) making it safer for the environment. The gypsum drywall that will be used for the rest of the house will also be used for the structure of the ceiling. It will cost approximately $500 to paint the entire interior, and exterior, of the Green Houseboat. Kitchen Recycled bamboo will be used for almost all parts of the kitchen. The waste water from the toilet will go into a sewage holding tank, where it will be stored and emptied once a week. The sewage holding tank will cost approximately $5,000. The price of recycled bamboo is $30 per square foot, causing the bamboo cabinets to cost approximately $300. $120 of bamboo will be used for the counter tops. There will be a recycled bamboo sink as well. It will cost a total of $1,741 to create the ceiling out of gypsum drywall. A slow-drip faucet has a slower run of water, making it more eco-friendly than many other faucets. This kitchen faucet will cost $355.99. The total cost for our kitchen would be $951.28. LED Lights The Green Houseboat will be illuminated by a total of fifteen LED light bulbs. The LED lights will cost $35.95 each. Permits Two will be located in the bathroom, two will be located in the bedroom, five will be located in the living area, and another six will be located in the kitchen/dining area. The 15 LED lights will cost a total of $539.25. So what is a water-recycling shower? It is a shower that uses 70% less water and energy, while recycling the water that it does use, sanitizing it, and sending it to the toilet to be reused. "So, your wasting your money on a shower that sends water to the toilet...Aren't you in the middle of the sea?" The answer is yes, the Green Houseboat will be located in the middle of the sea, but no, a recycling shower is not a waste of money, because it will pay for itself in as little as nine months through energy savings. As for the sink, the Green Houseboat will be equipped with a battery-powered (by a total of four standard AA batteries), "Frog Faucet" made completely out of recycled brass. Um..."Frog Faucet?" Yes, a sink faucet that has been cast in the shape of a tree frog. Take a look: The "Frog Faucet" will cost $1,600. The sink itself will be in the shape of a leaf. It is called "La Leaf" by its producers, Enviro Bath (the same company that produces the "Frog Faucet"). Here is a photo: It will cost approximately $799. Finally, the stand that the sink will rest upon will be the "Borea" (once again, made of all recycled materials). Here is a picture: It will cost approximately $2,499. The bathroom on the Green Houseboat will also include a water-recycling shower. So why make a houseboat? Why not just make a regular house? Houseboats are extremely environmentally friendly, because they do not tear-up (develop), and thus poison land. They are basically their own little islands. Since the Green Houseboat will be constructed near the coast of Greece (in order to save on shipping costs and emissions), the building permits that need to be obtained are somewhat different than that of American building permits. First, we will need to "obtain [a] Waste Disposal Study, this will take 10 days, is free of charge and should be completed at the Prefecture (Department of Health Agency)." Next, we will need to "obtain [an] active fire protection approval, this will take 10 days, is free of charge and should be completed at the Fire Brigade Office." Then, we will need to "obtain [a] building permit[.] [This] will take 90 days, is free of charge and should be completed at the Town Planning Department Office (Poleodomia)." Here are the three main differences:

a.) “A Preliminary Building Approval.” This is a Certificate that gives the owner the right to build according to the terms and conditions that will allow the issuing of a building permit. In other words this certificate is required in order to apply for a building permit. It is valid for one year.

b. The building permit gives the green light to start building works and is valid for four years.

c. All files and documents are processed electronically and all monitoring, updates, retrievals and reviews are carried out digitally. Any form of communication or transaction that takes place between public authorities and citizens is also documented electronically." Finally, we will need to "register the building with the Municipal Authorities, will take [one] day, is free of charge and should be completed at the Municipality office." Heating and Cooling One of the great things about building a houseboat, is having the ability to turn your giant windows away from the sun on hot days, and towards it on chilly ones. Also, since the Green Houseboat will be located within a climate that has a constant temperature of between 50 and 70 degrees Fahrenheit, passive solar will be the only required form of heating, and cooling. There will also be two LED ceiling lights located in the bedroom, totaling $71.90. This particular sink will cost $175.29. Here's an example: The mattresses will be made entirely from chemical-free materials and cost $299 each. Plumbing Plumbing will cost approximately $4 per square foot. The total for our houseboat will be $10,400. BMPs We will be more environmentally friendly by recycling all materials. Another practice will be herbicide, pesticide, fertilizer management in the greenhouse. We will also practice litter removal. While we will not litter, we will collect any trash that we may find floating in the water around us. LOANS As of 2013, the annual percentage rate (APR) in Greece is about 3.25 %.


The total cost of expenses for the house boat is $723,770.91. The annual interest rate would be $23,522.55. Tax Deductibles In Greece, the interest paid on a home loan is deductible from the homeowner's taxes.


This means that 3.25% APR ($23,522.55) can be deducted from the owner's taxes every year! At least 60% of the houseboat's energy will be generated by the solar shingles alone.
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