Sheri Koones, Miki Cook, Carl Seville and Marcus de la Fleur joined Ilyce to discuss how green building can be sustainable for the Earth and your pocket book on the Ilyce Glink Show on April 20, 2014 on WSB Radio.
Ilyce’s show always contains various forms of personal finance advice but she invited four engaged and intelligent professionals to give tips and advice on how to make green building affordable.
Sheri Koones, Author & Journalist
Sheri is a widely respected author who helps readers understand that getting the house of their dreams can be done in an ecologically responsible way. Her book, Prefabulous, explored the variety, beauty and eco-friendly benefits of prefab homes and won the prestigious Gold Award in the 2008 Robert Bruss Real Estate Book Awards from NAREE.
Her next book – Prefabulous World – was released on April 15th. This book not only shows new and beautiful home design styles but alternative ways to save energy and harness renewable energy. 50 beautiful homes are profiled in the United States, Japan, Germany, France, Australia and many other locations. It explains how we can all benefit by sharing technology developed around the world.
She says her books are not meant to be a manual for green construction – but a general overview of aspects of prefab and green construction. The 32 houses profiled in this new book are true inspirations, according to Koones, because they were built with great forethought, sensitivity and practicality. All of the homeowners, builders and architects not only considered environmental issues in building these houses, but also budgetary issues – in all cases attempting to build the houses for the least amount of money with the least amount of waste and the most efficiency.
Sheri is a member of the National Association of Real Estate Editors, the Sustainable Building Industry Council, and the American Society of Journalists and Authors. She lives in Connecticut.
To learn more about Sheri and her work, go to:
Find Sheri on Twitter @SheriKoones
Miki Cook, Author & Green Building & Sustainability Consultant
Miki is a green building and sustainability consultant for the oldest green building program in the nation, Austin Energy Green Building (AEGB). She has spent her career in the residential construction industry, where for the last two decades she has focused on green building certification including acting as a Green Rater for the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED for Homes and Energy Star programs and ICC-700, The National Green Building Standard. More recently, Miki has dedicated her career to educating contractors and the public on the strategies, methods and benefits of green homes, and helping them to achieve those goals.
She is also an instructor for the Board of Realtors in Austin and has worked as a consultant for realtors, teaching them about green building, especially the jargon, so they can match their homebuyers with the kinds of green options they’re looking for.
She says everyone thinks adding green features costs a lot – but they don’t have to if you have a plan. She says she has seen the same scenario repeatedly – a builder will take his general house plan and just add in green features which add in costs. So she tries to show them how starting with a green house plan can control costs and save money.
She and Doug Garrett, a building science consultant, have a book coming out this fall called Green Home Building: Money-Saving Strategies for an Affordable, Healthy, High-Performance Home.
To learn more about Miki and her work, go to:
Find Miki on Twitter @mikibc
Carl Seville, Author & Green Building Consultant
Carl Seville is a green builder, educator, and consultant on sustainability to the residential construction industry, based in Decatur, GA. After a 25-year career in the remodeling industry, he and a partner founded a company, SK Collaborative, dedicated to advancing residential green building and remodeling by consulting with, speaking to, writing for, and training industry professionals, and by certifying homes under the LEED, EarthCraft, NAHB, and Energy Star programs.
In addition to regular columns in Remodeling, Multifamily Executive and other trade and consumer publications, Carl is the co-author of Green Building, Principles and Practices in Residential Construction, the first textbook to focus specifically on residential green building and renovation. Carl served as one of the lead writers of the upcoming LEED for Homes Version 4 Reference Guide.
Carl’s contributions to the industry include being a co-author of REGreen, a contributing editor at GreenBuildingAdvisor, where he blogs as the Green Curmudgeon, a co-author of the NAHB Green Building Training and a lecturer and trainer at industry and consumer events nationwide.
To learn more about Carl and his work, go to
Find Carl on Twitter @GreenCurmudgeon
Marcus de la Fleur, Sustainable Landscape Architect
Marcus de la Fleur is a Professional Landscape Architect (PLA), owner of the design and consulting firm de la fleur LLC in Chicago and vanguard in the application of green technologies. He focuses on sustainable landscape design with ecologically sound stormwater management as well as energy conservation in existing buildings.
Marcus recently delved deep into the field of building science by conducting a successful deep energy retrofit of his 100+ year-old Chicago two flat. He earned his Horticultural Diploma from the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew and a Masters in Landscape Architecture from the University of Sheffield, U.K. Marcus has contributed to multiple sustainable projects, some of them LEED certified, and has extensive field experience in sustainable technologies through his past work in Germany, Switzerland, and Great Britain. He also led the development of the Morton Arboretum’s Collections Master Plan in 2000. He is devoted to the integration of sustainable design, ecology, and stormwater management.
To learn more about Marcus and his work, go to:
Find Marcus on Twitter @mdelafleur
WSB Radio’s Ilyce Glink Show – April 20, 2014