June 5, 2009, Newsletter Issue #153: Green Home Design

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Eco real estate development is rapidly increasing due to the growing demand of the health conscious and ecology minded set. From offices to homes, college dorms to apartment buildings, using green building materials to create sustainable building complexes is the wave of the future. Choosing a green home design also means choosing green building materials such as a green alternative to home insulation. For example, instead of choosing fiberglass for your home insulation product, choose a home insulation product made out of recycled denim, soybeans or another environmentally friendly product. Creating energy efficient homes is essential to green home design. Solar panels, the proper R-factor of home insulation, choosing green building supplies and using sustainable building practices are all important concepts to consider. If possible try to choose green building supplies that are from local sources and come from rapidly renewable plant materials such as bamboo or straw. If you choose to use wood, ask if the lumber you are purchasing is from sustainably managed forests. Green building materials should be non-toxic, reusable, renewable and recyclable. Creating a green building does not mean you have to start from scratch. Older buildings can be green buildings by increasing the efficiency of resource usage and installing alternative forms of energy such as solar panels or wind power. If you are in the market for a new or used home check with your local real estate offices to find out if there are any eco friendly real estate agents in your area. Eco friendly real estate agents specialize in green buildings and would know if there were any eco real estate developments happening around the area.

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