The Top Five Tips for Green Architecture

March 4, 2010
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Top 5 Green Architecture Tips

Going “green” is all the rage and it is no wonder. The benefits of being environmentally aware transcends to saving the planet in unexpected ways. By being “green” we often see instant benefits by the money we save. The use of “green architecture” when building and remodeling is no exception.

Find the top five tips for green architecture below:

1. Recycled materials

There are no limits to the recycled materials that can be used in green architecture designs. Domesticated wood can be used for flooring, trim and exposed wood ceilings. Recycled rubber tire chips can be used in landscaping. Even broken glass fragments are being used inside walls for insulation.

2. Solar panels

Solar panels have been around for ages now, but thanks to advances in technology they are now more accessible to the general public. Their new attractive designs make them more “green architecture” friendly. Solar panels are most often used to heat swimming pools and to power the whole house.

3. Water collection systems

Collecting rain water is not a new concept. Most hardware stores carry large barrels that are used for the sole purpose of collecting rain water.

4. Wind turbines

An excellent way to apply green architecture to your property, wind turbines are highly effective in producing energy for your home by using wind as its power source. When considering the installation of these check first with your city to see if code allows them.

5. Green roofing

Green grass roofs are popping up everywhere. Both cost efficient and attractive, one can now apply green roofing systems to their entire roof or just a portion. The extra insulation helps keep energy consumption down.