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Building Green For A Sustainable Future

 

Green building is both a wise and necessary choice for the future sustainability of our planet.

As we pressure industry captains to make their business ecologically friendly, we must look at ourselves as home owners, and pressure the construction industry to provide more eco-friendly materials and methods to reduce the impact of construction and homes on our environment.

To many, living green and sustainable home design conjures up images of hippies living in log cabins recylcing their own sewage. But nothing could be further from the truth.

Modern practices and technologies are providing elegant sustainable products to move our homes into fully sustainable eco-systems. They have inherent home support systems that are invisible to the inhabitants and are only felt for the comfort they exude throughout the home.

Governments across the globe are beginning to recognise the urgency of sustainability and in more advanced cases have committed to integrating green specifications into building regulations and codes.

With Government processes typically slow moving, the building industry, and we as home owners must take our own initiative to:

Find alternative ways to build, using green, renewable energy resources

  1. Adopt non-polluting practises
  2. Adopt inert, non-polluting materials that reduce, recycle and reuse.

 

Video - Reintroducing Ageless Sustainable Construction [6:53]

 

Defining A Sustainable Home

A sustainable home is:

  • Very comfortable
  • Even temperatures - low heating, low air conditioning requirements
  • High quality air
  • Long lasting materials
  • Low maintenance, low stress
  • Functions during blackouts
  • Reduces energy requirements on the environment to the point of Zero Energy.

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