- June 29th, 2009
As the “green” movement gains momentum, people are finding new ways to make their home more eco-friendly. According to a survey by the National Association of Home Builders, 61 percent of consumers said they would be willing to spend more than $5,000 upfront to save on utility costs, which is an element of green construction. Based on an article by REALTOR® Magazine, there are several popular green features popping up in homes today. We’ve listed some below to help you plan how to build your home at Highland Woods.
Biodegradable Furniture. This furniture uses lumber harvested from sustainably run forests, latex foam from rubber plants, uncoated screws and nails and organic fabric coverings. One company, Montauk Sofa, uses manufacturing and distribution principles that decrease its environmental footprint. Montauk takes back its old pieces and recycles the wood frame and spring systems to be reused in new sofas.
Responsible Wood. Formaldehyde-free plywood can make your hardwood cabinetry beautiful and eco-friendly. Columbia Forest Products offers cabinets made from wood certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. This ensures that responsible timber industry practices were followed, including respect for indigenous peoples’ rights and the maintenance of ecological functions of the forest.
Composting. NatureMill offers an automatic and odor-free composter that recycles up to 120 pounds of kitchen waste per month. The 17-pound unit uses a computer to control the heating, mixing and aeration process. Users are alerted by a red light after two weeks to let them now their composted fertilizer is ready for use. The NatureMill composter can divert more than two tons of waste from landfills over its life as it can recycle its weight in waste every 10 days.
Smokefree Fireplace. EcoSmart Fire system is a chic, eco-friendly fireplace that runs on clean-burning denatured ethanol, a renewable resource. Lacking pollutants, this portable fire box can be place indoors or outdoors and requires neither a utility connection nor a chimney. In addition, the company plants two trees on the buyer’s behalf for every unit purchased.
These are just a few ways you can make your home at Highland Woods an eco-friendly place. For more information on how Highland Woods can be the ideal spot for your green home, make an appointment.