"People cannot maintain their spiritual roots and their connections
to the past if the physical world they live in does not also sustain
theses roots." — Christopher Alexander, A Pattern Language
can be defined as a material or energy source which, if managed
carefully, can provide at current levels indefinitely. Sunlight
energy is sustainable. Wind energy is sustainable. They require
no input, and merely need to be channeled to support human necessities.
When we talk about sustainable living we are referring primarily
to the components that make up our homes, and communities. Sustainable
living also includes our consumption, recycling, and disposal habits.
and operation of our present conventional houses is one of the most
energy-intense activities humans engage in. With little thought
given to the materials that go into our homes we are unknowingly
perpetuating a linear process of life--taking, using, discarding--
instead of a cyclical, sustainable process which bares in mind where
a material originated and where it will return to. The sustainable
process should perpetuate, if not enhance it's starting point
of sustainable home design ask us to consider efficient energy and
resource use at every stage of the home-building and operating process:
choice of materials, landscaping, water, air, disposal, electrical
systems, transportation of materials, construction, site selection,
planning and design elements. Ideally, a "green" building
is one that is built in harmony with the sun and the land. It requires
little fuel to heat or cool, operates on little or no outside electricity,
and is healthy to live in.
though very few of us can live a 100% sustainable lifestyle, we
can begin immediately by taking small steps now. Changing light
bulbs to compact fluorescent, adding more insulation to our homes,
sealing up air leaks around windows and doors, replacing inefficient
appliances, orienting our structures to utilize sunlight, etc.--
by using energy and materials as efficiently as possible, we slow
the consumption of non-renewable resources, like oil, natural gas,
propane, coal, and so on. This immediately curbs the rate at which
we put pollution into the atmosphere, landfills, and surface and
ground water. You will also save money by taking these steps.
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