Lois Vitt Sale
Lois is the Chief Sustainability Officer at Wight & Co., an integrated architecture, engineering and construction firm in Chicago. Lois will blog about her green experiences in the corporate world, as well as her personal accounts of living in a green home. www

Tips to sell your green home

Tips to sell your green home

The best sales tool for selling your green home is to share your lower water and energy bills with prospective buyers! Benchmark your lower environmental impact against other homes in your climate region. For instance, I designed a low to no energy use home in Downers Grove, Illinois.

Preserve building site with pre-fab

Preserve building site with pre-fab

If your number one objective is to preserve a building site, the answer for you is to select a pre-manufactured home. The disturbance to the site is limited to building the foundation; and, if you elect not to build a basement, that can be limited to a perimeter foundation and shallow excavation.

2012 is the year of the low-energy person

2012 is the year of the low-energy person

The word for 2012 is incremental. Incremental investments and improvements will demonstrate a continued interest in energy and water conservation in 2012. While the economy is stable, there remains a sense of insecurity due to a slow jobs recovery and...

Consider low-flow showerheads in the bathroom

Consider low-flow showerheads in the bathroom

Water, water, water! Think water conservation first when considering how to green your bathroom. Before the days of the ultra-low flow fixtures, toilets were responsible for nearly 30 percent of the water usage in a typical home.

Healthy landscape, healthy heart

Healthy landscape, healthy heart

As an architect, I often focus on elements in my environment that are building or system focused. But that perspective contradicts some of the moments in my daily life that I most treasure.

Community health, a foundation for sustainability

Community health, a foundation for sustainability

Do you take for granted that your sidewalks are maintained in decent shape, that someone will mow your public park, that the drinking fountain will be turned on at the end of winter? Do you walk your children to a...

Ask the Expert: Reduce kitchen waste to become more green

Ask the Expert: Reduce kitchen waste to become more green

ProudGreenHome: What are five ways to make a kitchen more green? Lois Vitt Sale: Change your appliances to models that are EnergyStar labeled. Your dishwasher and refrigerators are prime candidates in your kitchen to be replaced with more efficient products.

Ask The Expert: Is it more expensive to build green?

Ask The Expert: Is it more expensive to build green?

ProudGreenHome: Is it more expensive to build green? Lois Vitt Sale: My answer is no, it doesn't have to be. In a book by Greg Kats, "Greening Our Built World," 170 LEED-certified buildings were studied against a data base of similar buildings.

It's not easy being green

It's not easy being green

So, it's Earth Day today. Last year, when I told my 13 year old that every day is Earth Day, he replied, "For you it is.

Keep your nutrients to yourself

Keep your nutrients to yourself

According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, 14 percent of the waste material that goes to a landfill every year is food waste! While paper is the number one material discarded in our country, enough of it is recycled so that it comes in third behind food and plastic in terms of volume in landfills or incinerated.

Green living trends for 2011

Green living trends for 2011

It’s still January, so it’s not too late for a look toward the horizon to see what trends will be influencing homes in not-too-distant future. Here's my list of those trends that I think you will see discussed as the...

Sustainable to the Core

Sustainable to the Core

A recent visit to Costa Rica brought home to me the notion that sustainability is local and relative. My husband and I flew to San Jose for a few days of vacation and stayed at an organic coffee plantation located northwest of the airport. The landscape is incredibly lush and the temperature mild.

Too soon for solar

Too soon for solar

While I would love to have solar panels on my roof harvesting the sun's energy to power my home, I cannot yet justify the investment. A kilowatt of power costs about $6,000 to $6,500 installed.

HydroRight toilet converter saves water, eliminates bricks

HydroRight toilet converter saves water, eliminates bricks

In my last blog I wrote about conserving water, principally through the use of dual flush toilets. But I also confessed my attachment to a set of avocado green fixtures, original to my home that was built in 1955. My...

Talking HET toilets

Talking HET toilets

By 2013, it’s predicted that 36 states will experience water shortages. I am fortunate to live close to the Great Lakes that hold 95 percent of the U.S.

Justifying your green roof

Justifying your green roof

So what is storm water? Storm water is rain that is derailed from the hydrologic cycle by the built environment. This is my interpretation, not the definition you will find in the dictionary.

Green at work and play ... every day

Green at work and play ... every day

We all live someplace. My “someplace” just happens to be more connected to my work than most people.

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