January 2009
Sierra;Jan/Feb2009, Vol. 94 Issue 1, p32
This article reports on green homes and sustainable design for dwellings. The article discusses various aspects of these homes, noting how they conserve energy and protect the environment. Large windows can be used for natural light and solar warmth in the winter, and motorized shade systems can help keep homes cooler in the summer. Eco-cement saves energy in production and absorbs carbon dioxide as it dries. The use of low-flow toilets conserves water and energy. Information is also provided on harvesting rainwater for garden use and using chipped wood waste to prevent erosion in yards.


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