Black Ink Sustainable Design = GREEN

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Real Estate Broker/Owner with REAL ESTATE RESOURCES & NETWORK 209970

It's a lot easier to be under the green umbrella these days than it used to be even five years ago. I remember the day when folks rolled their eyes and looked for roots growing out of my feet when I first became interested in alternative and sustainable design. Now they shake my hand and ask good questions about sustainable features that add up to benefits for all of us. It seems as if everybody winswhen we build and/or invest in an eco-conscious way. It's about stewardship, sustainability - and money. 

Our market is moving toward:

  • Lower operating costs- Lower utility bills for heating and cooling
  • Increased comfort- Improved indoor air quality
  • Creating lasting value- Third party review
  • Building with health in mind- Lowered Environmental Impact

    Sustainable features: I'll just mention a few such features here--site opportunities such as orientation to allow passive solar design, and reduction of construction waste, a building envelope that supports energy efficiency, long-lasting exterior finishes and non-toxic interior finishes, reduced life-cycle and operating costs, increased water efficiency, decreased environmental impacts, and comfort and quality of life for people who live in green-built homes-  and point you to the NC Healthy Built home link where a full list may be useful. Buildings designed with sustainable features can  capitalize on such features. Designs employing natural light, landscaping, and building orientation not only improve energy efficiency, but the quality of life of those enjoying them. No wonder today, sustainable design is moving into the mainstream. It just makes sense.

Here are just a few reasons why (there are plenty more):

1. Sustainable design creates a healthy indoor environment  increasing indoor air quality , and improving air filtration and ventilation effectiveness. 2. Sustainable design uses materials and finishes that minimize volatile organic compound off-gassing create a healthier environment for residents.3. Sustainable design and the growing demand for quality of life features brings with it economic rewards.4. Sustainable design means lower operating costs.

Bottom Line: Black Ink Sustainable design is a whole systems concept that creates a win-win-win situation

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Dena Stevens Coriz
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janeAnne- great blog. The umbrella in Pueblo hasn't opened yet. We are still pushing the idea. I met with a builder today who said he would do more green building but the demand isn't there yet. Education is the key.
Dec 15, 2006 12:17 PM #1
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Hi Dena, I have been out-of-pocket for almost a week. Good to be back and read your blog. THX for your comments and call. We'll just keep on keepin' on :-)
Dec 15, 2006 02:36 PM #2
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Dena...Am hoping the umbrella in Pueblo does open soon...Your area is so beautiful and deserves to be have TLC now and into the future. THX foryour comment and interest.
Dec 20, 2006 11:49 AM #3
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I just got the connection. As an investor, reading your blog on trends, I get that you see green building as the best bet for investors in the future. Thanks for the info.
Jan 01, 2007 05:53 AM #4
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Arlene Brown
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I am sure that it is true that sustainable design creates a healthy indoor environment  increasing indoor air quality , and improving air filtration and ventilation effectiveness.Do you know if it is possible to retrofit an existing home?
Jan 21, 2007 07:05 AM #5
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Arlene...YES...as I said...Black Ink Sustainable design is a whole systems concept that creates a win-win-win situation
Jan 22, 2007 12:42 AM #6
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Ann Heitland
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We are having this debate -- affordable housing vs. green building - in our community right now. I'm browsing your site for useful information to help on of our city council members. Thanks.
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Great information - thanks for posting it
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