Modern designs are environmentally engineered to create highly efficient living spaces that are extremely comfortable.
Take advantage of natural lighting where possible. You'd be surprised how effective natural lighting can be.
Switch to in-floor and ceiling radiant heating and unique cooling systems.
Start learning more about your family's water usage.
Research solar power and home automation.
The goal is to create designs that work with the environment. In many cases the homes are engineered in a way to blend with natural elements.
Spare trees you might normally cut down in order to create a shield from wind and shade.
Place windows strategically to take advantage of sunlight and natural breezes.
Use local, durable materials that are recycled or re-purposed goods.
Purchase your materials from merchants that use environmentally friendly manufacturing processes, which is sometimes referred to as ‘green manufacturing