GREEN: THE NEWEST TREND IN LUXURY HOME CONSTRUCTION

June 20, 2008

With the subject of global warming coming front and center in the news these days, architects are looking for solutions that will not only satisfy the tastes of the luxury homeowner, but will appeal to their environmental conscience as well.

            The new “green” home will be built from recycled materials such as Syndecrete — a lightweight concrete or sustainable woods such as bamboo.

            Solar power is making huge strides. The ugly solar panels that stick up from your roof top are a thing of past. Solar panels are now artfully set in among the roofing tiles. And with a grid-tied PV system you don’t have to worry about cold water on cloudy days. It will automatically switch over to your standard electrical system when the sun disappears.

Low-emissivity glass reduces interior heat and ultraviolet rays from the sun. In cool months, the inside is warmed by a combination of passive solar energy stored in the floors and walls and a hydronic radiant-heat system.

As our global environment calls for a life style that will consciously support the natural world around us, designers will continually create newer technologies that will meet our changing needs.

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