Your Green Home Design
Simply put, in addition to the client’s aspirations, finances, personal circumstances, and aesthetic “tastes”, five factors greatly influence the design of a green home or beyond: energy efficiency, water conservation, material selections, indoor air quality, and consideration of the site.
Of course, there is more to it than that.
Building an authentic green home requires a deep understanding of the climate and the microclimate of the lot and site planning, the building envelope, energy and resource conservation, etc. It requires thinking wholistically about integrating the building systems, components, and renewable systems with the site to lower building and ongoing living costs.
A green home respects nature, which provides us with many free benefits:
– Sunshine for heat, energy, and daylighting
– Rainwater for all our needs
– Clean air – the breath of life
– Sound absorption for emotional peace
– Regulating relative humidity for comfort
– Grounding for free radical health
A green home is designed for security:
– Outdoor spaces designed for comfort in all seasons
– Enhanced water storage on site
– Reduced wildfire threat
– Renewable solar energy and wind power
– Enhanced passive and active solar cooling and heating
– Enhancing ability to grow own food organically
– Visual and acoustic beauty inherent in nature
A green home is designed for long, healthy, delightful living:
– Healthy air, water, and sensory reactions.
– Aging and accessibility
– Low Maintenance
– Comfort in all seasons with minimal or no dependence on “artificial” air conditioning or heating
– Visual and textural comfort and appeal
– Adaptability of the home for several generations
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