“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 4 of 4: Healthy Environment
Healthy environments are important in any live, work or play space. Lake homes should be designed to maximize the air flow and natural light that keeps spaces bright and clean, and minimize toxins like formaldehyde and VOCs. Foam insulation not only helps energy efficiency but minimizes opportunities for mold growth and makes the space quieter and vibration-resistant for more peaceful living.
- Non-off-gassing materials: Use low or no VOC paints and finishes in your home and make sure that you use only formaldehyde-free materials.
- Open, spacious layouts: Consider an open, spacious layout to maximize airflow and naturally create a more harmonious vibe for its occupants.
- Foam insulation: Choose foam insulation based in part on how likely it is to fend off the growth of mold. Use air mixture systems that protect against stagnant or stale air.
Hard Floor Surfaces: Using hard floor surfaces, such as bamboo, protects against allergens and molds that might thrive in hard to clean carpeting.