Homes of GREEN Health
Green Home Benefits for All.
If you’re planning on building a new home, remodeling or just purchasing furniture here are a few ways Going Green can benefit your life and benefit the environment at the same time.
Green Homes offer superior air quality because builders use safer construction products that do not emit harmful chemicals like those used in conventional homes. They avoid finishes and paints that emit volatile organic compounds, or VOCs.
Green Homes save you money by using less energy and water when builders use LED lighting, proper insulation and Low-E insulating glass windows. Water conserving toilets and tankless water heaters are becoming popular and even mandatory in some states. Eco-friendly solar panels to power systems and rainwater collection for lawns also add to the savings without sacrificing comfort.
Green Homes are decorated with furnishings free of hazardous substances too. They have items made from solid wood, rattan or bamboo that support sustainable forestry practices. Smelly wood glues are avoided in decorative items. Healthy fabrics and rugs are made of organic wool, cotton and hemp with natural dyes. Fabrics avoid flame retardant chemicals linked to cancer and respiratory irritation.
Green Home advocates ask questions before they purchase. “What is this made of?” By being informed you may avoid hidden health impacts. They ask, “Where is it from?” because purchasing from local resources saves on the environmental impacts and costs associated with shipping products across the country and globe.
Your Green Home will give you peace of mind knowing it’s safe for everyone living there and the world around us! And you’ll sleep better when you’ve created a haven for family and friends that is free from hidden potential dangers. Ready, set? Go Green!
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Sustainable Furnishings Council provided the great “What’s it Made of” photo above, THANKS!
Lisa Stewart is an interior designer serving the Triangle area of Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill, NC.
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