Two weeks ago we discussed The Benefits of Green Building - Environmentally Sustainable Buildings
Last week we discussed How to make your home green and environmentally friendly and save money
But you should also consider other ways to make your home more environmentally friendly, which include:
A green building starts with the materials and equipment incorporated in the building. Where did the products come from – was the environment harmed? How was the product made – were harmful products discharged into the air, rivers or the ocean? Were people adversely impacted by the product’s harvesting and mining? Unfortunately many products which are touted as being green aren’t, and their continued use actually does more harm to the environment. We should all be sensitive to the environmental impact of our house. People are becoming more sensitive to environmental issues and governments are being forced to take a tougher stand on products and processes which aren’t sustainable or harm the environment.
Legislation often stipulates products and processes which must be incorporated into new houses. There are ratings which classify how green or environmentally friendly buildings are, and ratings that categorise the energy efficiency of a building. Often legislation specifies the minimum rating required.
Of course designing a product that fits with the environment it’s situated in can also be categorised as being environmentally friendly. Monstrous buildings that clash with their surroundings, or stick out like the proverbial sore thumb, are blights on the landscape.
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This article is adapted from information in the book 'An Introduction to Building and Renovating Houses Part 2: Finding Your Ideal Property and Designing Your Dream Home' by Paul Netscher.
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