At Fasse bldgs. we make every day Earth Day! For us today is the perfect day to reflect on our current building and development practices, and why green building techniques are so valuable to Mother Earth.
Globally, buildings are responsible for one-third of greenhouse gas emissions. In the U.S., the impact is even greater, with nearly 40% of all carbon dioxide emissions coming from commercial and residential buildings. Because buildings are such a big part of the problem, they are equally a big part of the solution. When you build greener buildings, there are also improvements in energy and water efficiency, reductions in waste and pollution, transitions to renewable energy sources, and use of sustainable buildings materials and techniques. These strategies can reduce energy consumption in buildings by 30-80 percent.
And who says sustainability can't look good?!? Check out this great article from builderonline, in lieu of Earth Day, presenting several stylish planet-friendly building/home products, with plenty of style!
One of my favorites (perfect for small, modern spaces), is this Bloomberg compact energy-efficient dishwasher. This 2015 line of dishwashers offers an innovative, energy-efficient technology for cleaning dishware that reduces water waste. Blomberg dishwashers come equipped with an automatic sensor system that detects the level of dirt on dishes and selects a wash accordingly. In addition to saving both water and energy, the washers have adjustable racks for flexibility with different sized dishes, and quick-wash cycle options. Pretty cool, right?
Aside from reducing emissions, reducing energy and water consumption, and all those attractive, efficient sustainable design options, Fasse bldgs. believes green design is good design (and good business). According to a report released this month by research group IBISWorld, green and sustainable building construction is among one of the fastest growing industries in the country. The report joins the body of research showing that the green energy industry is a growing force in both the domestic and global economies.
All business aside, considering that an estimated 25-40 percent of the national solid waste stream comes from building-related waste, it's a call to action through which we are inviting other builders, developers, and consumers to recognize the need not only to be good samaritans, but also good stewards to the Earth and all its resources. Cheers to Mother Earth and happy Earth Day to all!