“Going green” is one of the hot trends in today’s housing market. When considering how you can help save the planet by incorporating eco-friendly design into your construction or renovation project, there are many steps you can take. Architects and builders are great resources for learning about how you can build a comfortable, sustainable home, and can advise homeowners on which design elements are most environmentally conscious. These can range from insulating wall systems, low-VOC paints and finishes, natural light and ventilation, and recycled glass countertops and other features. One of the main attributes of eco-conscious design is simplicity.Didnâ€™ Read the rest of this entry »
These green designs and home improvements can save you money while helping protect the environment.
Older windows allow warm air to escape, so you spend extra heating your home. Replacing your existing windows with energy-efficient models can slash your utility bill by up to 30 percent. Hang blackout curtains to keep energy inside and save 25 percent, then save even more by sealing any cracks between the pane and the sill.
Replace Old Appliances
The biggest energy-wasting room in most homes is the kitchen. Swap your old appliances for energy-efficient models to cut your energy bill.
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Zero-foot-print homes are gaining popularity as the sustainable trend is embraced by communities worldwide. The concern over the effects of carbon emissions in our atmosphere has brought forth new developments in the way we design and build homes. The goal of green architecture is to create zero energy buildings and homes that consume zero net energy and produce zero carbon emissions on an annual basis.
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These green homes are some of the most environmentally-friendly dwelling on the planet.
The Redondo Beach House by De Maria Design
This beachfront property was created from recycled steel shipping containers. This construction makes the home more than just eco-friendly; it is also resistant to termites, fire and mold. The vast majority of the home was assembled in a shop to cut down on money and waste.
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With many natural resources on the verge of becoming scarce, many homeowners are beginning to turn towards eco-friendly designed homes. Green homes don’t just preserve precious natural resources, they offer very real benefits for the homeowner, including reduced utility and maintenance costs and even a healthier lifestyle.
When eco-friendly homes are designed, the characteristics of the lot, such as the vegetation and sunlight, are taken into consideration so that they can be best utilized to reduce the need for other heating and cooling devices. Many homeowners even choose Read the rest of this entry »
The technological advancements in building materials has brought forth a new era of architecture which combines the concepts of function, aesthetics, sustainable design and environmentally conscious construction practices. This eco-friendly architecture strives to achieve minimal impact on the environment and lower maintenance costs for homeowners.
A home that is properly located on a given site and that is well insulated utilizing green products can potentially reduce utility costs by 50% or more. Harnessing electricity for your home with solar panels, water or wind generators will also considerably lower household utility Read the rest of this entry »