Elevate your family’s sustainable lifestyle by building a new green home or renovating your existing home.
Your home is a reflection of yourself. It reveals how you feel about your environment and how it nurtures your mind, body and spirit. Your home is very much a part of you and should fit your needs.
Green homes encourage a sustainable lifestyle by helping you move forward in the journey of life. You learn new ways of thinking, doing, and caring for your home and family that makes life easier, healthier and saves you money in the long term. With unstable gas prices, energy and water becoming more costly and less plentiful, it’s a must to start changing how we live and do things.
We are all familiar with green homes saving water and energy, having healthy finishes and furniture, and efficient appliance but there are also other very pertinent features that are part of a green home that you should be knowledgeable of.
In order to live a sustainable life style, location is extremely important. The ideal location should be either walkable or close as possible to schools, shopping, work and transportation, maximizing your quality of life and reducing your time wasted in traffic. The American dream of big houses with big yards in the suburbs isn’t really practical any longer. When buying a home, you are buying a life style.
Landscaping and Maintenance
Your free time is precious and you want to make the most of it. Manicured lawns and landscaping consume the most time, effort and chemicals of anything in our homes. When building a new home, preserving as much existing vegetation as possible is less expensive than installing vegetation grown off-site and minimizes any disturbance to an existing site. Choose plantings and groundcover that are native or adapted plantings to reduce watering. Limit the use of conventional turf. All turf should be drought-tolerant. For an existing home, consider reducing the size of your lawn to reduce watering, fertilizer usage, mowing time, pest control measure and may other side benefits.
The construction quality of a home is extremely important. Well-built green homes have a tight building envelope, which consists of the roof, exterior walls and floor of a home. These elements create a barrier that separates the interior of the home from the outdoor environment with insulation that resists heat flow between indoors and outdoors. The building envelope determines how much energy will be required to maintain a comfortable indoor environment relative to outdoor conditions. A correctly designed building envelope can significantly reduce cooling costs in the hot seasons and heating costs in the cool seasons. Besides saving money on heating and cooling, a tight well insulated envelope will also make your home quieter. The insulation also acts as a sound barrier and sound proofs your home. You will not hear your next store neighbors or any street noise. Having a quiet space can be quite rejuvenating.
Natural Daylight and Airflow
Quality green homes have an abundance of natural daylight and good airflow. Both of these elements mainly depend on the design of your windows, heating, and cooling systems. Healthy indoor air quality is created when efficient heating and central air conditioning systems incorporate an energy recovery ventilator system. This combination makes indoor air fresh and pure as possible. Having a home with lots of natural daylight and an abundance of clean indoor air makes you feel healthier and more productive.
Green homes are homes that welcome you back at the end of the day and elevate your mood. They have open, flexible and airy spaces with lots of natural daylight incorporating all that is needed to meet the future.
Lynn Hoffman has more than 25 years interior design experience working in architecture and interior design firms nationally and internationally producing Corporate, Commercial, Civic, Hospitality and Prestigious Residential projects for Fortune 500 and celebrity clients, architects and builders. Through her in-depth experience she has developed the design ability to see potential in all spaces, and to create innovative, customized design solutions that meet the highest standards of efficiency, quality and sophistication. She has been a long-time professional advocate for sustainable and environmentally conscious design. Lynn is the principal of her firm LHD located in Stamford, CT.
Lynn Hoffman, Principal
IIDA, RID, LEED AP ID+C