Between my mom and my sisters there have been emails flying back and forth talking about what is ‘green’. It all started with an HGTV program about a ‘green’ house . We really couldn’t even decide if the house was what we would define as green.
Here are some of the criteria I came up with after thinking about it.
building materials: renewable, low VOC, local building materials if possible; a variety of sources of power – passive solar, solar, wind, or even just combinations of more conventional sources.
Efficiency: natural light; the right placement on a lot for heating and cooling; built for the natural environment ( CT, SC ,and CA all have different needs); I want things like the kitchen set up so recycling is easy and natural.
Garden/lawn: native plants and xeriscaped when possible. Let’s try and keep most of the power tools out of the garden, which means planning – how big do things grow, how much care do they need and how much time do you want to invest in your garden/lawn? Growing just a tomato plant, or some herbs helps remind you of where your food comes from and our connection with the earth.
Something not always thought as green , but something that seem to be a natural extension to being green is the layout of a house. Yes, that is part of the heating and cooling, but there is more to it. Useing the entire space is important, otherwise why do you have all that space. Houses should have places for the family to gather. And no mystery rooms that no one uses