An increasing number of new hime buyers and existing home remodelers are beginning to become more "Green Conscious." There is every indication that in the coming years this trend will only get stronger as more people make this transition to green-built homes with the products, materials and technologies they choose.

The primary focus at present is for those systems and product features that can lower a homeowner's water and energy bills., asa well as those which contribute to better indoor air quality.
Within the framework of Sustainability, considerations of the "embodied energy", the energy cost of producing and transporting a particular product are also of importance.

Beyond these is the desire for any building innovation that can reduce waste, is suitable for recycling and incorporates natural materials which are replenishable within a short period of time.

A good many decisions about Materials, Products and Equipment make up the process of designing and building a new home. The
Sustaining
Environments
Sustainable Design Strategies +
Green Building Practices
LINK TO SUSTAINABILITY PDF
DANIEL DOLAN / ARCHITECTS PC
challenge to adapt many of these to the demands of green building practices will define the next decades. To begin this program of re-imagining our future habitats the following 12 Construction Categories can help target those areas estimated to create the most significant improvement in our residence's interior environments. • ADHESIVES
• APPLIANCES
• BUILDING ENVELOPE
• COUNTERS + SURFACES
• DOORS + WINDOWS
• FLOORING
• HVAC
• LIGHTING
• PAINT + FINISHES
• RENEWABLE ENERGY
• THERMAL ENVELOPE
• WATER EFFICIENT PLUMBING