You can't tell if a home is green just by looking at it, because your green home can be just about any style you choose. And, you can't tell a green home by the price either. You can purchase every high-efficiency gadget on the market, or you can make your house green using simple, economical materials and good design.
Green flooring choices generally do not require any changes to the home's design. You simply substitute the better, more durable, environmentally efficient material for the conventional material during your installation process.
While a long-term standard in interior finishing, drywall, or gypsum board, uses a significant amount of energy for the curing process and creates a huge carbon footprint. This fact sheet discusses how to minimize that environmental impact.
Green Choice natural wood flooring is made from natural resources without disturbing or destroying our fragile ecology. For example, their bamboo flooring is made from sustainable bamboo forests in China, harvested every 5-6 years.
The exterior of a house is designed to protect the home from the elements, but is also a vital part of a home's visual appeal. There are many choices when it comes to the external finish of a home, and most have pros and cons when it comes to environmental considerations and energy savings.
YouthBuild is responsible for developing and maintaining the Shades of Green online green building manual with case studies, tip sheets, videos, getting started checklists, and a fast-growing collection of the best resources for green building. Download this white paper by YouthBuild to learn about the steps involved in green construction.
This fact sheet gives an overview of green building basics from the design process to the operation and maintenance of the home. This document can be used as a primer for anyone interested in getting starting with green building.
Green purchasing means buying smart and shopping with the environment in mind. That means buying products that help conserve natural resources, save energy, and prevent waste. Everything you buy affects the environment, but some choices are better than others.
Developing and preserving affordable housing is critical to creating sustainable communities, but local governments face many obstacles. Utilizing funding for green affordable housing practices can provide both long and short-term benefits for local governments, however costs continue to rise.