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December 12, 2007

Turn your house sustainable and green

Filed under: Environment — Kaajal @ 2:10 pm

Sustainable housing

New and radical concepts for ecological houses are being discussed everywhere, but what about the homes you already live in? Well, if you are fortunate enough to live in the US, I’d suggest go check out http://livegreenlivesmart.org. Here you can share thoughts and ideas with people who are already converting existing homes into sustainable, green homes.

Registration is free and they are creating an invaluable pool of knowledge that will lead to more and more people being able to live sustainable lives. Join up today and participate in their 50,000 Green Homes initiative. Here’s a quote from their site:

What is the 50,000 Green Homes Initiative?
Building green may sound easy, but it takes time for traditional building and remodeling experts to catch up with trends that require rethinking of practices. We can shorten this time for green building to become the mainstream standard:  Live Green, Live Smart wants your participation in creating a virtual community for people building greener homes.

Early adapters of new techniques learn a lot, and they make mistakes that make them experts.  It’s more rewarding to be a pioneer when you can share the experience of success and detour with other visionaries building and rehabbing for greener living.

The stories of these pioneers will stimulate the interest and confidence of other homeowners and builders to adapt their building and lifestyle practices.

After the first 50,000 homes, the next half-million sustainbale houses will come more easily - and soon, a million sustainable, green homes can reduce our carbon footprint by billions of pounds of pollutants each year, recycle wood to the equivalent of hundreds of millions of trees, and reduce water usage by billions of pounds each year. 

But first, we need you and your house.

Your innovations, frustrations, and questions will become an important resource for changing the way people create homes for generations to come - you will establish the best green home practices. And we will share them on the Live Green, Live Smart website.

Projects may start out as an insulataion upgrade, a kitchen or bathroom remodel, and later become multiple projects throughout your home.  You may be doing a total green remodel, or maybe you are buying or building your own green home from the geo-thermal rich ground up.

What do I do to participate in this historic demonstration?
As part of the 50,000 Green Homes Initiative, you keep a record of your building experience on the Live Green, Live SmartTM website as part of the Initiative’s Resource Center.  You are able to publish photos of your project, comments, tips, and issues you confront in building green.  Others will share with you their experience and expertise - from financing challenges to waste removal problems, from the best available product for your particular building conditions to finding someone to re-engineer your plans. 

You’ll help found a community of pioneers helping create liveable, sustainable homes.

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