Question by Ride Like The Wind: Ways to build a totally green home?
In the future, I’m determined to build a completely environmentally friendly house, and besides these, are there any other ways to build it ‘green’?
Using non-toxic non-VOC paints and finishes
Using sustainable harvested, FSC certified hardwood, or bamboo
Using recycled materials, like recycled plastic bottle carpeting
Using non-VOC glues and adhesives
Buying eco-friendly furniture and decorations, or buying furniture and decorations that will last a long time, so they don’t have to be reproduced
Using energy-efficient lighting
Installing Energy Star rated appliances
Maximizing natural lighting
Using native plants, and drought resistant landscaping (zeroscaping)
Planting native trees
Reusing waste in order to create compost
Using a recycled or eco-friendly insulation, such as denim or soy
Any others that I missed?
Answer by firstname.lastname@example.org
One of the most important factors is where you build the home– will you have access to public transportation or will you need a car? Can you walk to the grocery store and the green market– or will you need to drive?
Another factor is size– smaller homes use less energy– they take less energy to heat and cool and use less materials to build. Multifamily homes are even better.
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