More homeowners now demanding green living.Residential design is not going green. It's gone green. More homeowners are demanding that their home be sustainable, healthy to live in and affordable to maintain. By going green, they choose to reduce the burden on the environment and to add value to their homes.
With rising voices in the national discussion on the urgency of global warming global warming, the gradual increase of the temperature of the earth's lower atmosphere as a result of the increase in greenhouse gases since the Industrial Revolution. and other environmental issues, homeowners in the tri-state area There are a number of places in the United States known as tri-state areas where three states or holdings meet at one point (a tripoint), or in proximity to each other. The two most well-known are for the New York and Chicago metropolitan areas. are simply waking up and learning what it means to be "sustainable and green." The more they learn, the more they will demand homes that are thoughtfully designed and energy-efficient.
This trend is fast becoming the status quo [Latin, The existing state of things at any given date.] Status quo ante bellum means the state of things before the war. The status quo to be preserved by a preliminary injunction is the last actual, peaceable, uncontested status which preceded the pending controversy. , because it makes economic sense to build green. Responding to this trend, many communities are promoting an environmentally-sustainable approach to growth that demands homes that use less water and energy. Taking it a step further, other communities are stimulating development by allowing building departments to fast-track the permitting process for developers with sustainable designs, by providing tax-incentive programs for building green--and even by going so far as to require homes to be designed and built green. In fact, the average premium to go green is less than $2000 per 1500 square feet of new home construction.
Where water is apparently abundant, municipalities and departments of health often resist efforts to capture gray water. A graywater gray·wa·ter
Wastewater from household baths and washing machines that is recycled especially for use in gardening or for flushing toilets. system collects water from shower drains, bathtubs and the laundry, then filters and pumps it through a dedicated supply line to toilet tanks for flushing, reducing average household water consumption by one third. It can be designed into the plumbing in new construction and added to existing residential home systems.
Managing water runoff Runoff
The procedure of printing the end-of-day prices for every stock on an exchange onto ticker tape.
If the "tape is late" then it can take a long time to print off all the closing prices. is one of the simplest things a homeowner can protect the environment. Runoff contains fertilizers and other pollutants pollutants
see environmental pollution. that find their way into rivers, streams and other sources of drinking water drinking water
supply of water available to animals for drinking supplied via nipples, in troughs, dams, ponds and larger natural water sources; an insufficient supply leads to dehydration; it can be the source of infection, e.g. leptospirosis, salmonellosis, or of poisoning, e.g. . It also contaminates our waterways The list of waterways is a link page for any river, canal, estuary or firth.
Another simple solution is the installation of solar electrical systems. A solar electrical system converts sunlight into electricity by capturing the sun's energy when it strikes solar cells made of a semiconductor material, typically silicon. Solar panels produce direct current (DC) electricity. inverters convert that electricity to alternating current (AC) for use in the home, precisely matching the electricity provided by the electrical utilities. Typical residential systems can satisfy most electricity needs, including the heating of domestic hot water.
Rebates from the states of N.Y., N.J. and Connecticut generally pay about 40 to 50% of the installed cost of a solar electrical system. Federal tax credits (and a state tax credit for N.Y. residents) can help to reduce the cost even further. For solar domestic hot water systems, the federal tax credit can cover as much as 20 to 25% of the cost. Additionally, the New York New York, state, United States
New York, Middle Atlantic state of the United States. It is bordered by Vermont, Massachusetts, Connecticut, and the Atlantic Ocean (E), New Jersey and Pennsylvania (S), Lakes Erie and Ontario and the Canadian province of State tax credit can cover another 25% of the cost to home-owners.
For builders, another valuable tool in the green arsenal is the use of salvaged building materials Building materials used in the construction industry to create .
These categories of materials and products are used by and construction project managers to specify the materials and methods used for . . Salvaged building materials divert reusable building materials from the landfill, thereby preserving resources and providing cost-effective remodeling remodeling /re·mod·el·ing/ (re-mod´el-ing) reorganization or renovation of an old structure.
bone remodeling supplies for communities. Each month, countless tons of building materials are salvaged.
Once the hurdles are cleared, homeowners and builders see more clearly the benefits of going green. Homeowners' benefits are simple: Profitability, affordability of operation and indoor-air quality are all enhanced. Builders gain a marketing advantage and can easily differentiate their homes from the competition. Communities benefit even more because they conserve their water resources, save energy, burn fewer fossil fuels and manage their waste and storm-water runoff. But the biggest beneficiary is the environment.
Green is more than a color--it is rapidly becoming a way of life for many Americans. And builders and architects who address this need will not only grow their businesses but also protect the environment for future generations.
BY WILLIAM HALLISKY,
MERIDIAN DESIGN ASSOCIATES