Beautiful buildings, by today's standards, are judged so by their performance as much as their aesthetic. Buildings are the source of 48% of greenhouse gas emissions in the United States. It's our responsibility to design smarter and build better for the welfare of our environment. But there are also compelling, and tangible economic and health benefits to building green. Green-built homes are necessarily quality homes and thus, retain strong value and require less maintenance. Efficient homes will reduce volatile energy costs. And, there are many financial incentives and tax rebates available for incorporating green strategies into our homes. Green homes also incorporate non-toxic materials and finishes - benefiting indoor air quality and the health of their inhabitants.
A green strategy requires a holistic approach, examining energy use, water consumption, choices in building materials, building orientation and landscaping. Throughout the design process, we'll examine these elements, and determine which approach makes sense for your project and budget, being careful to consider options for additional green strategies to be implemented in the future.
Online Green Resources:
Energy Star Home
Green Built Home
LEED for Homes