Green building is both a wise and necessary choice for the future
sustainability of our planet.
As we pressure industry captains to make their business ecologically
friendly, we must look at ourselves as home owners, and pressure
the construction industry to provide more eco-friendly materials
and methods to reduce the impact of construction and homes on our
To many, living green and sustainable home design conjures up images
of hippies living in log cabins recylcing their own sewage. But
nothing could be further from the truth.
Modern practices and technologies are providing elegant sustainable
products to move our homes into fully sustainable eco-systems. They
have inherent home support systems that are invisible to the inhabitants
and are only felt for the comfort they exude throughout the home.
Governments across the globe are beginning to recognise the urgency
of sustainability and in more advanced cases have committed to integrating
green specifications into building regulations and codes.
With Government processes typically slow moving, the building industry,
and we as home owners must take our own initiative to:
Find alternative ways to build, using green, renewable energy resources
Adopt non-polluting practises
Adopt inert, non-polluting materials that reduce, recycle and
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Defining A Sustainable Home
A sustainable home is:
Even temperatures - low heating, low air conditioning requirements
High quality air
Long lasting materials
Low maintenance, low stress
Functions during blackouts
Reduces energy requirements on the environment to the point
of Zero Energy.