I want to build a new energy efficient house, but am unsure what standards to use. I am familiar with LEED certification, but I don't want to pay for the certification. Are there any government energy standards that I can get for free and give to my builder? thank you
My house was built in 1918, and while it has a lovely brick fireplace, it isn't functioning, because they ran out of bricks on the inside. (When my parents moved in, upon inspection, they were told that about halfway up the inside, it's just plaster) Is it possible for this to be fixed, or would it be more cost-efficient to just redo the entire fireplace? Thanks.