“Green design” may be a relatively new term for describing ideas that are environmentally sensitive, but the concept is timeless — particularly as it applies to the home. The principles are simple: Use materials wisely, conserve water and energy, save money in the long term, and create surroundings that are safe and healthy.
When building or remodeling a lakefront home, there are several opportunities to apply green concepts. You don’t have to do everything and there is no such thing as the right or wrong set of products. Building green is a thinking process, do what you can within your budget and motivation.
Part 3 of 4: Water Conservation
Every living thing on this planet depends on a clean, healthy water supply and this dependency connects us all to each other. Consider use of low-flow fixtures and have optional gray water, living roof, and rainwater catchment systems.
- Reduce water intake: Elements like dual flush toilets, low flow showerheads and on-demand water heaters, create less of a dependency on fresh water.
- Re-use water: Rain-water catchment systems collect rain water for irrigation. Gray water systems collect water from sinks and showers which is then recirculated for use in toilets.
Read Part 1 of 4: Energy Efficiency
Read Part 2 of 4: Smart Design