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