Green Design
Is Good Design

Earth-Friendly Design

Green design is GOOD design! Good for the earth, the environment and you! But what does it take to "be green"? Perhaps you have read about some of the ideas you can do in your life and around your existing home in the Green Living section. Those tips and ideas can be completed by anybody interested in bettering their world. However, if you want to go further, you can choose to go to another level that makes your home an ECO home.

Green design is relatively new and it's only growing. More, better and greener alternatives will undoubtedly be developed and created to push the bar higher when it comes to eco-friendly products. These could be in the way of products created for building and decorating; perhaps areas of the home that have not yet been focused on as far as green design is concerned. New, sustainable materials may be discovered to replace some that we currently use. New ways may be found to recycle items that have never yet been recycled, thus creating raw material for a "new" substrate that forms a new building product. As more companies and people grow "hip to the cause", we can expect to see a lot of changes, for the better, in our future.

Green Building

Green design encompasses green building from start to finish, including decorating and finishes. Green building is a mindset and procedure that utilizes more than green products. It is a way of building efficiently, using local resources. It is thinking ahead and planning a strategy to minimize waste in production and materials. This green building article reveals just how in depth green building goes and the innumerable way in which it is achieved.

Sustainable materials are used throughout the building process. Alternative means of renewable energy generation are employed, such as solar or wind energy; solar being more standard. Geothermal energy may be used to heat your home by way of a geothermal heat pump, using the earth's own thermal energy. A home may be situated to take advantage of the sun's placement throughout the day. Windows may be strategically placed to offer an abundance of natural light, while a hillside or trees may produce shade on another side of the home to assist in natural cooling. Interior air quality is also of utmost importance and achieving good quality comes from using non or low toxic products. The goal of well-being extends to you and the environment. Learn more about some of the criteria measured to meet green building standards by clicking the image below.

LEED Certification Values

So, you understand the gist of green building and design but are not able or ready to build a green home. What can you easily incorporate into your home to make it more eco-friendly? Use some green interior design options.

There are many sustainable, renewable and recycled products available for the homeowner to incorporate into their homes. These trendy options offer a high-end look. They may be more expensive but remember the big picture, you are trying to take steps to reduce your carbon footprint. You are looking for products that are safer for your environment. Choose some eco-friendly options to make a difference.

You can easily go green by eco-decorating your home. Choose renewable or sustainable materials for your decor. Reclaim used furniture or repurpose items to give them new life. Eco or green decorating is one of my favorite things to do and is also a very frugal means of decorating. It also assists in developing a lovely, casual space with an organic vibe that speaks of nature. While many green building or green interior design options may be a bit pricey, eco-decorating will help recoup some of those expenses.

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