Monday, December 3, 2012

What Makes It Green?

Green can mean something a little different to everyone:  To some it may be features added to a home that increase its efficiency or improve the air quality; To others it may be more of an attitude, a feeling of responsibility or a lifestyle choice; And some may see the long-term value in quality, sustainability or reduced maintenance. The common perspective to all is foresight.

Good building science is green. Lessons from building science have taught us how to save energy; create healthy and comfortable indoor environments; and to use products and techniques that require less maintenance and last longer.

Good planning is green. With a little planning we can select products that save money and protect the environment; design a landscape that needs less irrigation water; learn how to recycle waste instead of sending it to a landfill; and utilize the sun's path to heat our home in the winter and avoid the heat in the summer.

Good stewardship is green. When we hire local craftsmen or purchase products that are manufactured nearby; control stormwater runoff and plant native species; and redevelop a property or utilize existing utilities, we are making decisions that are in the best interest of the environment or our communities.

There are tangible advantages to going green. Green can save energy, water and resources while improving the health, comfort and sustainability of our homes. But green is also an attitude. Our actions can go beyond personal benefits and affect the lives of those around us. Green feels good.

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