July 13, 2007, Newsletter Issue #56: Building a Sustainable Home

Tip of the Week

Building a new sustainable home requires working with professionals with green expertise. In order to get started on your new sustainable home, start by locating an architect who specializes in sustainable design. Before you get started on a project, preparation and research are the keys to a successful new green home. Here are some ideas to help you get started to living green:

Browse through Web sources and architecture magazines to get an idea of design ideas you would like to incorporate into your new sustainable home. Keep a file and then present them to your selected architect.

Contact a professional organization such as the American Institute of Architects or government entity such as the U.S. Green Building Council to locate an architect who specializes in sustainable design.

Think about incorporating sustainability into every aspect of home design. You can outfit your new green home with passive cooling methods like cross ventilation. You can use solar panels for heating. Recycled materials for wall surfaces and flooring can help make your home more green.

By allowing in natural lighting and minimizing the necessity for artificial lighting, even the layout of your home can become more sustainable.

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