Green Architecture: Building and Living Green Part 2


| 6/29/2010 3:57:33 PM


The creative process of making an ecologically responsive home explores many considerations. Green building goes light years beyond conventional construction.

• Once you’ve reflected on what you really need in a home and are clear that you must build, do not build on untouched land. Consider renovations first, additions second and then infill lots.

• Build small and build local, both material sourcing and labor. Sustainability is all about building community, in many ways.

• Build a healthy, nontoxic home that nurtures you.

• Use available renewable energy sources whenever possible—solar, wind and/or biofuels are often viable options.



• Build a highly insulated and sealed home, which keeps out unwanted temperatures.