Green living has come a long way since the early invention of greenhouses, that date back to 13th century Italy. Originally built to protect crops from the heat and cold, they used light and temperature control to improve food production. With the emergence of the phenomenon of ‘going green’ into mainstream society, green buildings have grown into an international multi-billion dollar industry. As a result, it is now time to take advantage of green developments and initiatives. Whether building a new home or renovating an existing, rest assured that it is possible to get the best of both worlds. Energy-efficient products and green features such as solar panels, methods to capture and store rainwater, natural materials and efficient appliances all add to the marketability of a property and ultimately save money and improve the environment.
To ensure superior eco-friendly building, consider hiring a professional green team. Look for contractors who have existing LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certified projects. LEED is the foremost authority on eco-friendly building designs and has become one of luxury’s newest status symbols.