Green Home Designs
Create a home you LOVE living in!

Your wallet will love the energy savings too

Green home designs improve the way we live by providing better, more natural, less toxic alternatives to standard building and construction methods.

Green home designs ideally use:

  • sustainable and renewable building products,
  • non-toxic building products,
  • solar passive design principles

The result is superior energy efficiency, a reduced ecological footprint, a home that helps preserve your health and you will LOVE living in it.

Eco Power Strip
Eco-Friendly Power Strip That Saves Energy and Saves You $$s

ODL Solar Tube Combo Kit
Illuminate Your Home With Natural Light; Solar Powered Dimmer

ALZO Full Spectrum Light Bulbs
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Make sure you buy yourself a great book like:

Green from the Ground Up: Sustainable, Healthy, and Energy-Efficient Home Construction if you are building a green home or doing a green remodel on your home! Read everything you can get your hands on - mistakes can be expensive and time consuming to fix.

Plan and tick all the boxes in my Interior Design Checklist when you are building a new green home AND if you are doing a green remodel of your existing home.

Here's a novel way to save money on building
your new green home - learn how to construct
with used shipping containers! You will be
amazed at the advantages and the ease with
which this can be done.


to get the Con Structure Guide.

Solar Passive Homes

There are two kinds of solar energy.

· Active solar energy which is energy created using mechanical devices like solar panels.· Passive solar energy which does not require the use of mechanical devices. This type of energy is delivered non-stop and is much more cost-effective. Passive solar energy is divided into three categories; on Orientation, Passive Solar Heating and On Daylight.

Passive solar energy on orientation relies on your climate and location and refers to the positioning of your home and the design of the home to capitalize on the sun’s rays to heat it, and also minimizes the need for cooling. So while you need sun in winter, you also need shading in summer to manage the natural light and temperature in your home.

Techniques include structural elements to give shade, insulation to keep your home warm in winter and cool in summer, thermal mass to store heat during the daytime and release it after sunset, correct choice of windows and positioning, and ventilation to maintain a cool temperature on hot days.

Passive Solar Heating is actually solar space heating. The home is oriented with most of the windows on the south if you are in the Northern Hemisphere and to the north if you are in the Southern Hemisphere. The windows need to be the right size to optimize heat gain and the home needs to be well insulated to retain it. A home can also be passively cooled by orienting the home and windows to cool breezes.

Daylighting is a type of solar energy lighting using natural light to illuminate the home. This minimizes electricity usage, is naturally better for your eyes and well-being and very cost-effective.

Include these techniques into your green home designs and you will have a wonderful home to live and love in :)

Sustainability

Have a look at the Certification Labels that are your markers to purchasing safe, quality products. We are really still at the beginning of a whole new movement in sustainability. Sustainability is literally talking about whether we can maintain a state or process indefinitely.

I assume that by reading this, you have noticed that the lifestyles we have all been living cannot be maintained for much longer without irreparable harm to our planet and ourselves as a species.

We are now challenged with the task of conceiving of a future that IS sustainable so now we all have to think outside of those old boxes - the ones made of materials that have negatively impacted our environment and our health! The International Interior Designers Association states that...
"The principles of sustainability integrate the elements of economic, environmental, and social conditions into a system that can be maintained in a healthy state indefinitely."

Are you building a green home or doing a green remodel?
Go to the Green Home Design Checklist.

 

William McDonough's new book, Cradle to Cradle written with his colleague, the German chemist Michael Braungart, is a manifesto calling for the transformation of human industry through ecologically intelligent design. Through historical sketches on the roots of the industrial revolution; commentary on science, nature and society; descriptions of key design principles; and compelling examples of innovative products and business strategies already reshaping the marketplace, McDonough and Braungart make the case that an industrial system that "takes, makes and wastes" can become a creator of goods and services that generate ecological, social and economic value. The 'treeless' book is a physical symbol of the changes to come.

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