Sustainable design is defined as "green" building design, construction and operation. Green buildings have four main characteristics:
Healthy, Safe and Comfortable
Affordable, Durable, and Maintainable
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Typical building construction, use, and demolition, as well as the manufacturing of building materials, contribute significantly to environmental problems. In the United States, building accounts for:
Total energy use:
Greenhouse gas emissions:
Raw material use:
Potable water consumption:
A typical 1700 sq ft. wood frame home requires the equivalent of clear cutting one acre of forest.
Choose a site that makes it easy to fulfill your objectives in your climate. Access your needs carefully, so you can right size your home and plan for future needs. Orient your home for the most benefit from the sun and breezes and remember to place and size windows well. Design generous overhangs and include a covered porch. Keep it simple by reducing costs and problems. Now you are ready to build!
Recommended Sustainable Materials
We do not sell any of the products below; however, they are recommendations based on our research.