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Since the 1970's researchers have been studying ways to increase energy efficiency of homes, and improve consumer awareness of green homes, while the cost of fossil fuels are steadily inflating. You may ask. What exactly is a green home? And how do I get into one?

The truth is there isn't a national standard stating what a greenhouse model should be. Or how to re-model your existing home into what would be deemed a green home. But the example of such a house would be friendly to the environment and self-sufficient (sustainable). It would also use building materials, water, and energy as efficiently as possible.

In the case of a new or re-modeled house any changes made to conserve energy, water, improve the air, or recycle and reuse waste materials is a green home. You can begin to convert your home by purchasing an energy efficient refrigerator, changing to fluorescent bulbs or by insulating to regulate temperature. That's all it takes!

If you are looking to build your dream home you may want to take advantage of green home design software. With this software you will be able to create a beautiful yet efficient home design or floor plan. You can furnish, and then share home, kitchen and bath designs in minutes. And it’s all in 3D.

Now that you have a picture of what you want, it is important to hire the right architect to design your green home. The architect will provide services well beyond that of only a designer. He will negotiate contracts, investigate building codes, zoning, and environmental impacts, manage the budget, bidding, and materials used, and any related documentation.

You must choose an architect you can trust is going to implement your green vision, have the skills to build it, and understand what it is you’re trying to accomplish. Be sure to do some diligent research of the company you are considering. Find out what their qualifications are, and what their reputation is with customers and industry co-workers.

A smaller company might be more specialized and fulfill your needs for communication and a more personal approach in building your long term project. However, this will not guarantee success of your project. Ask yourself.

· Do I sense any good chemistry between me and this architect?

· Does he understand what my vision is?

· Will my calls get answered or returned in a timely fashion?

· Can they complete my project accurately and on time?

Rather you are just starting your new green home with little changes to conserve energy, or building a modern green home from scratch. You will positively impact the environment and make this a better world for you and your family.


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