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How Building a Green Home Can Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

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Building a green home with your carbon footprint in mind is key:

Building a green home is a key step to reducing your carbon footprint.  Here in the USA we are about 5% of the world’s population, but we use about 25% of the world’s energy, and much of the energy used has a significant carbon footprint.

Hearing that we're leading the world in energy consumption is nothing new, but the entire world is now striving to be like the USA in their standard of living, consumerism, and energy consumption. If we stay on this carbon based energy trajectory, we will need 9 planets to sustain humans here... which, of course, is not an option.

There is a lot you can do to reduce your carbon foot when you build a new home.  There are also advantages to remodeling your existing home or office building and preserving the embodied energy in that existing structure.


 ANOTHER LIKE THIS: How to Incorporate Embodied Energy into Your Green Building Designs



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Topics: carbon footprint, LEED Certified Home Design, Sustainable Design

How to save yourself (not your planet) with sustainable home design

Sustainable home design intuitively points toward saving the planet, but what you may not know is that you're actually saving yourself.

Green Build 2015 in Washington DC just finished up. It was the 13th straight USGBC Green Build Conference I attended since its humble but powerful beginning in 2002. With nearly 30,000 attendees today, the conference is starting turn heads in more than just the architectural community, and it was really exciting to see so much enthusiasm for sustainability.


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Topics: LEED Certified Home Design, Green Design

How To Build A LEED Certified Home

Designing & Building A LEED Certified Home

What you should know when considering the construction of a LEED Certified or green home.

We are (as a Sarasota Fl architect) in the process of designing our second LEED certified home now.  I wanted to share some of the process, decision making and what to expect.  Our first LEED certified home was for the HGTV television show in 2009, and was the HGTV Green Home for that year.  It was Platinum level certified.  Our current project in the design development phase now, is located in Southwestern Michigan, and is a new home for my parents.  I will tell you more about the project later, but let's talk a little about the process first.  There is a lot to think about, but don't get overwhelmed. As a trailblazer in LEED architecture in Florida, we truly understand the demands.

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Topics: LEED Certified Home Design


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