A green home incorporates smart design, technology, construction and maintenance elements to significantly lessen the negative impact of the home on the environment and improve the health of the people who live inside. No matter your location or living situation, the opportunities for living a greener life at home are limited only by your imagination.
It’s Good To Be Greenand connected to a greener lifestyle.
What Makes a Green Home?
Is FallingWater Certified in Green Design?
Joanie McGrath is a LEED® Accredited Professional. (Leadership Energy Environmental Design) (USGBC). Joanie uses her expertise to improve your indoor air quality, educating and guiding you through the process of selecting safe furnishings and finishes for your home.
There’s a plethora of benefits of a green home.
- Kitchen’s are often the most active and multi-purpose rooms in the home. This can mean the kitchen can provide the most opportunities for “greening” the home. From lighting and appliances to plumbing fixtures and interior finishes, the kitchen has lots of ways to optimize form and function while minimizing environmental impact.
- Bathroom Remodel’s greatest opportunity for “greening” comes from managing the water., but in two very different ways: managing incoming use (in pipes) and outgoing flows (both liquid and vapor). Green bathrooms can utilize high performing facets, shower heads, and toilets. In addition, exhaust fans that efficiently and quietly move water vapor out of the space is another way to “green” the bathroom. And let’s not forget, durable, anti-bacterial surfaces is a good investment that stands the test of time both aesthetically and functionally.
- Bedroom’s are the one room we speed more time than in any other room in our home. It makes sense tat the materials installed and the resulting air quality in these spaces should be the cleanest and healthiest possible. Swap out synthetic finishes and fabrics for natural materials. The allergen-free bedroom now includes organic bedding materials in addition to natural finishes.
- Outdoor Living Spaces can range from a wood-framed deck to a stone patio to a trellised outdoor kitchen. A green outdoor living space expands the square footage of the home while connecting to nature, and, can include landscaping that reduces outdoor water consumption and improves site drainage. And don’t discount a large front porch or wrap around porch. These spaces can create a sense of community for living in your neighborhood.
At home there are many ways you can live a greener life. Ask yourself some basic questions: Am I using more resources than I need? Am I using more energy than I need, and, am I using that energy as efficiently as possible.