Healthy, Environmentally Conscious Design – A Green Home
What do you think of when you hear sustainable or green home? Having a sustainable or green home can mean many things, depending on who you talk to. Each person must define for themselves what sustainable or green means to them. For many homeowners, it is living in a home they love, which will in turn protect and shelter them literally, for many generations to come in a healthy environment. If you don’t love your home, you will not take care of it and you may not keep it.
A sustainable home is one that will last; it is durable,
flexible, accessible, healthy, and loveable.
Most people spend a majority of their time indoors, eating, sleeping, entertaining, working and just hanging out. While we spend this much time inside, we rarely think about our actual relationship to whatever structure we are in including our home. Like our bodies house our spirits, our homes house what can and should be a nurturing space. Our home gives us a sense of identity and connectivity. It has the potential to lift our spirits and give us roots, grounding us and giving us something that is much more than shelter.
Your well-being begins at home and is a reflection of who you are. Creating
a home that is sustainable is equal to taking care of your own bodies.
One of the most important features to consider for your home is to build it or retrofit it energy efficiently, which means making sure the building envelope (walls, windows, roof, and crawl space) are all of good quality, installed properly and, well sealed. Secondly, make sure the indoor air quality is as good as you can afford to make it, that your plumbing fixtures are water efficient, and the appliances are energy efficient. A healthier, sustainable home can be built or renovated very cost effectively and can also get expensive, depending on your ‘sustainability’ goals and budget.
Sustainable and Green Building incorporate environmental considerations into every phase of the home building process to minimize the environmental impact from all the decisions made. These choices also make the home more authentic for the earth, as well.
From minimizing material waste to your choice of paints, the impact on the environment is influenced and affected in a large way through the by-products of home construction,. Using paints with low to no VOC’s (volatile organic compounds) reduces the effects VOCs have on the ozone layer. VOCs negatively impact Indoor Air Quality (IAQ), and can create ground level ozone pollution. Being mindful of all selections you make during the construction process will help ensure that your project is not adding to the long-term effects of pollution in the environment.
Looking at your home as a whole building and how all of its parts are connected must be considered when planning the overall successful performance of the home. Your house is a functioning system and all of its systems, from heating and air conditioning, the ventilation, the insulation, and the windows to how well the building is sealed are all interrelated and determine the outcome of the ultimate performance of the home. Careful planning of these components will provide a a heathier, sustainable, environmentally conscious home, which should be the ultimate goal of each new or renovated home. Best of all, it creates a high performance home which saves you money and enhances your home’s value.
Available features and resources are numerous today and reflect the many choices a homeowner can make to build and live sustainably. Many of these choices can provide a home which has an instant return on your investment, not just long-term investment returns.
11 Ways to Achieve a Healthy, Environmentally Conscious Home
Homes are places to be respected for their power to
rejuvenate, refresh, and restore our energy.
Home should be considered more than a shelter; it should work within its surroundings, within its local climate, and nurture its inhabitants. We have a responsibility to ourselves and our families to provide healing spaces for our bodies, minds, and spirits. To bring balance to our lives we must consider the importance of our personal space, to bring peace and harmony to our soul and to our planet.
By changing your thought process about your home, you are opening your mind and respecting our home and our planet. Giving yourself time to relax in a home has the ability to nurture you in so many ways. Your home should give you joy to be in it and a healthy, durable place that you love to be in. Providing you a sustainable sanctuary is what we believe everyone craves. Consider how your home makes you feel, embrace your home intentionally, and allow it to embrace you – for it is a powerful energy source and resource.
And we are here to help you live well and sustainably every step of the way in your new home design or renovation!
At Pippin Home Designs, we are You-Inspired for Joyful Living to create
Award-Winning Homes with a View! Give us a call or email us today!
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