July 27, 2007, Newsletter Issue #57: How to Recognize Elements of Sustainable Architectural Design

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Trying to decide what to use in the design of your green home? Asking yourself a few questions can determine whether you'll be using elements of sustainable architectural design.

Are you using products that conserve the environment's materials? Think of recycled products, salvaged materials, and items made from renewable resources.

Are the materials free of chemicals that could pollute your green home? For instance, avoid paints with heavy toxic chemicals.

Are you conserving energy by the design elements you are selecting? Elements of sustainable architectural design make the most efficient use of providing water and power to your home. Make use of insulated doors, double pane windows, air sealed construction, and low flush toilet fixtures to help conserve water and power.

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