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Whether you're remodeling your home or building from scratch, there are a number of green building techniques you can use to make your abode more environmentally friendly. Here are some green building techniques that can help you create an attractive home with a reduced impact on the environment.
Green roof – A green roof is one that has partial or complete covering of vegetation. These roofs can serve to reduce the heat and facilitate the cooling of a home. Green roofs can also be equipped solar panels.
Radiant floor heating – There are three types of radiant floor heating: air-heated, electric, and hydronic. The most popular, hydronic, heats the floor with heated water running through tubing beneath the floor.
Eco-flooring materials – Various eco-flooring materials include sustainably harvested bamboo, cork, and natural linoleum.
Recycled building materials – This includes the use of salvaged wood such as wood gathered during the deconstruction of damaged and unused buildings.
Water-saving appliances – The use of low-flow toilets and showerheads adds to the sustainability of a home.
Something to keep in mind about eco-flooring materials is to make sure the product you buying is certified. It's the only way to make sure that what you're paying for is truly environmentally friendly. This web page goes into detail about some credible certifications.
|Jennifer Mathes, Ph.D.|