Don’t you think that we ought to be environmentally responsible for securing a better future in this planet?
This is why it is necessary to use renewable resources that do not deplete or endanger the planet. It also means using materials that are not harmful to the environment, seeking out alternatives that are biodegradable and safe for both people and the world they return to. Green building is a big way to keep the environment healthy—and get an excellent infrastructure in the process.
Why you should consider building green
Creating a building or installing materials that come from sustainable locations or made with recycled content can mean a huge difference even if it does not seem like much. Every person who uses green building concepts and materials quickly adds up to the bigger picture of protecting the environment. Years from now, those effects can be seen even as your home or business could still boast about how it was able to make a difference.
Using renewable and reclaimed resources to build green
Did you know that, if you are looking to buy something for your home building project, such as doors or flooring, or hoping to build an entire house or business from the ground up, you can choose from renewable materials? You will find that wood is actually an excellent resource. The concerns in the past are beginning to fade as we discover ways to obtain wood from the environment more responsibly. This means choosing older trees that may already be dead or dying, reclaiming wood straight from older buildings that are no longer in use, and planting more trees in order to replace those we have taken. Other recycled materials that you could use for your home building project are steel, insulated concrete, and more.
Eco-friendly and green companies
A good company will be very open and frank with you about their green practices. Look for a company that uses environmental-friendly materials in their manufacturing processes as well as companies that understand sustainability. For example, the company may work only with sustainable forests in which not one, but two trees are often planted for every one tree that is harvested. In fact, being a green company is no longer a far-flung dream--it has become a standard as even small businesses are able to engage in sustainable practices.
IKEA, a well-known furniture brand, is among the top ten most eco-friendly companies in the world. They're known to source material from sustainable forests and 100 percent of its cotton meet Better Cotton standards.
As you install your door, molding, or flooring, or build your new location, you can feel more at ease knowing the wood and materials came from eco-friendly suppliers and companies. If you have a LEED project, talk to the company about what resources and materials they can offer that will help you earn points. This can include a recycled content of varying percentages such as reclaimed wood, regional materials, rapidly renewable materials, certified wood, and low-emitting materials. All of these can help get you credit. If you need the proper paperwork or assistance, the company providing the materials should be happy to help.
Considering shade trees
It is generally accepted, although not absolutely essential, that shade trees in hot, dry, and Mediterranean climates be deciduous, or those that bare of leaves during the winter. While the shade provided by the foliage cools the house down during the summer, the absence of foliage allows the sun's rays to warm the house in the winter.
To be most effective, the tree's canopy should rise above the house. This is not always desirable though, as dark, gloomy, claustrophobic conditions could be unintentionally created, while the height of the tree could be out of scale with the building. It is also inappropriate of course where solar energy units have been installed on the roof.