In celebrating Earth day this past Tuesday, thought it would be appropriate to show ways in how we can incorporate sustainable practices in how we design our homes. Here are a few things to consider in practicing sustainable interior design:
Location. It is ideal to be located in a central area close to shops, work and mass transit. This decreases your dependency on motor vehicles.
Energy Performance Score or Energy Rating. The Energy Performance Score discloses how much energy the home will consume under normal use. The score measures energy usage in terms of kilowatt-hours (kWh) per year and tons of carbon used per year.
Insulation and Windows. Green homes that have a tight building envelope, which consists of exterior walls, floors and roof, creates a barrier that separates the interior and exterior environments with insulation that resists heat flow. Therefore saving on heating energy.
Energy Star Heating and Air Conditioning. ENERGY STAR means products that meet strict energy efficiency guidelines set by the US Environmental Protection Agency. Having products with this designation significantly reduces cool and heating costs.
Energy Efficient Lighting and Appliances. This includes certified Energy Star dishwashers, refrigerators, light bulbs and washer & dryers.
Tankless Water Systems. These systems can heat water without the use of a storage tank. It is an on-demand system that saves water, energy and money.
Dual-Flush Toilets. Water Sense toilets provides you with options in selecting the appropriate amount of water for your waste.
Sustainable Materials and Finishes. There are many viable green and sustainable options available for buildings products and finishes. It is good to practice to use low or no-VOC materials and finishes that are recyclable or made from renewable resources.