It's green to meBy Berit Griffin, Marvin Windows
One Project Closer has an awesome post about building, renovating and living in a green home, asking the central question, “How do you measure green?” Here are a few of their benchmarks:
- Water conservation
- Energy efficiency
- Resource efficiency
- Community and site impact
- Indoor environmental quality
The fact is, there’s no one measurement for green. There are a lot of things to consider. Are you just interested in a product’s energy efficiency or is it important how they treat their workers? What if something is made of non-sustainable materials but provides an energy savings over its lifetime? Or what if the “non-green” product lasts longer than the green one? Or if a local product is widely available and the green option needs to be shipped halfway across the world?
Lots to think about! What’s most important to you? What would you like to see as standards for green home products?
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