Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths about Green Designing!

CATHERINE PORTER |

Busted! Don’t Believe These Myths about Green Designing!

Global warming is a reality that we are faced with, but we can still all play a role in protecting the environment. People across the country are growing increasingly aware of their role in reducing their carbon footprint. Due to this, many people now choose green design to construct their homes.

It’s a demand that is growing day by day as scarcity of natural resources is increasing all over the world. Green designers safeguard air, water, and earth by choosing eco-friendly building materials and construction practices.

Designing for the future is a vital part of green design, however, as it is not a widely practiced art, there has been a spread of unfounded myths and misconceptions. This has led to people falling for these misconceptions and ignoring green design options.

The effort to save our planet has to be a collective one! We understand the several advantages of utilizing green design and want you to know too. To help you distinguish fact and fiction, we have debunked three of the widest believed myths about green design.

Myth 1: Green Design is an expensive luxury.

When you think of green design, do you think of Tesla and rooftops covered in solar panels? While both are indeed ‘green’, they can also set you back a fair bit of the other green.

But not all great green design needs to cost you more. In fact, some green home design choices will even save you money.

Healthy zero VOC paints can cost the same as the traditional toxic stuff. ‘Mill’ grade hardwood floors are $1 to $2 per square feet cheaper than regular grades, yet they look great and often better than the same-old-same-old.

Steel shingle roofs historically have lasted sixty to eighty years or more than four times the best asphalt roofs, yet they only cost two to two-and-a-half times as much to install. Think of the savings and peace of mind you’ll experience over the years. What’s more, when they do need to be replaced (after my lifetime!), they are hundred percent recyclable back into useful steel products, unlike asphalt shingles which can only be put in a landfill.

Myth 2: I can’t afford an architect for my project.

The fact is you probably can’t afford not to hire a good designer or architect. Design fees account for about one percent to two percent of the total cost of renovating and operating a building for twenty years. Good design can easily reduce the amount of space you need by ten percent to fifteen percent, resulting in similar savings in both construction and ongoing operating costs.

An excellent architect will foresee problems in the construction process before they occur, saving you potentially thousands of dollars in costs to correct mistakes.

There is no price that you can put on the peace of mind and confidence that you'll have knowing that you have a professional looking out for your best interests as architects are trained to do and required by law to do so in Ontario.

Myth 3: I don’t need to understand goals before I start designing

The most common mistake when renovating that we have seen is to start designing before you understand what the real goals of the project are.

The design is a lot like construction. Before you build the main floor of your house, you need a solid foundation. Similarly, before you start to design, you need a solid understanding of your needs, wants, and the possibilities inherent in your house or property.

This is the reason that Daniel Hall wrote The Architect Builders Collaboratives’ Guide to Planning a Green Renovation.

You can get your FREE copy here on our website.

To have your home designed in an eco-friendly way by experts, reach out to The Architect Builders Collaborative Inc.We are a group of architects and designers, who want to change the world one office or home at a time. We help non-profits and homeowners transform their spaces into beautiful, healthy, green spaces to enjoy life and work. To learn more about green new homes, please click here. If you have any questions about green designing, get in touch with usby clicking here.

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