Green Design Info

WHY ECO-FRIENDLY DESIGN? The Value of Green Building and Design.

While many clients are at first drawn to Environmentally Friendly building and design for reasons of principle, they also find that it makes sense for the health and comfort of those who inhabit the home. A Green home can also substantially cut energy and maintance costs. As a result, Green homes tend to have increased value.

Incorporating earth friendly building products and practices in decorating, homebuilding and remodeling projects results in quality homes and financial savings for you. Even the smallest effort can make a big difference. The most common reported benefits are:

  • Healthier Living: Chemicals emitted from building materials can be a potential source of health problems if they are not properly addressed. For example, cabinets, counter tops, and furniture are often made from pressed wood products such as particleboard or medium-density fiberboard (MDF), which are typically manufactured with formaldehyde-based adhesives. This formaldehyde can offgas into your home for years, especially affecting small children, or those with allergies. Green building encourages use of products and materials that reduce or eliminate these sources of indoor pollution. These include a wide range of products such as low-VOC (volatile organic compounds) paint, solvent-free adhesives, and water-based wood finishes, carpeting, fabrics and furniture that not only eliminate many of the suspected and known carcinogens, but often perform better than traditional products.
  • Financial savings: Green building construction practices and products make homes more energy efficient through proper, adequate insulation and air sealing. Low-voltage lighting contributes to a comfortable environment while using less energy and lowering costs.
  • Less Maintenance and Higher Durability: Current building codes establish minimum construction standards that protect your safety. Green building supplements building codes by using premium materials that are more durable and construction practices that often exceed building code requirements.
  • Knowing You’re Being Good to the Environment Earth friendly building products and practices offer you the assurance that you are following environmentally friendly guidelines that help preserve our natural resources. A socially responsible step worthy of recognition, building green makes a strong statement about your dedication to the community and the environment