Earth Day Marks 50 Years in 2020. Consider These Green Building Elements for Your Whole Home Remodel or New Home

Launched in 1970 to diversify, educate and activate the environmental movement worldwide, Earth Day is now celebrated by more than a billion people each year. If you’re committed to conserving resources for future generations, the principles of green building and sustainable design for your whole home remodel or new home can help you honor Earth Day every day.

The reasons homeowners most often cite for wanting a green remodel are: lower energy use, reduced water consumption, sustainability (less operating costs over time), and a sense of community. A beautiful energy efficiency example in a home JDR built is the custom appliance-grade gas fireplace in this Bird Rock cottage, a stunning centerpiece and an innovative, energy-efficient heating source for the entire home.

No matter the style of your home, from traditional to ultra-modern, elements of green design can be incorporated from the beginning stages of the design build process.

Green and Sustainable Building Elements – Interior:

  • Smart home automation to save energy by controlling elements such as heat, electricity, and windows remotely
  • Low flow toilet and shower heads
  • High efficiency light fixtures, such as dimmer switches, LED lighting and motion sensors
  • Low VOC paint, non-toxic carpeting and non-toxic glues
  • Energy efficient heating, air conditioning and air quality systems
  • Recycled, upcycled and vintage pieces

Green and Sustainable Building Elements – Exterior:

  • Reused, recycled, and long life building materials.
  • Simple, site-specific design that integrates with its natural surroundings
  • Solar powered exterior landscape lighting
  • Energy efficient windows
  • Solar panels on roof
  • Water collection system

A green, sustainable home creates a sense of connection with your natural surroundings, your community, and the world. Our unified team of architects, designers and construction professionals is committed to helping you create your dream green home. Several members of the Jackson Design and Remodeling team are Green Certified Professionals who are uniquely qualified to help you explore green building for your whole home remodel or new home on Earth Day and every day.