Earth Week 2014: April 21st-April 25th
Earth Week is here! And with it comes a plethora of articles, images, and videos encouraging everyone to participate in campaigns to “reduce, reuse, recycle”, “conserve water”, “save energy”, and many more environmentally-friendly activities.
For those of you wondering, “Earth Week” is an annual event, held in late April, during which events occur worldwide to demonstrate support for environmental protection. Earth Week revolves around Earth Day (pun intended), and aims to raise awareness of pressing environmental issues, as well as teach us ways in which we can be more environmentally-conscious in our daily lives.
One of the ideas that Earth Week emphasizes is sustainability–the ability to meet your current needs without having a negative impact on the needs of future generations. Most people aim to live a more sustainable lifestyle by doing things like eating less meat, taking public transportation, and using less electricity. Little do most of us realize that the homes we build and live in have a large impact on our mission to be more sustainable.
In fact, it is only recently that both consumers and the building industry, have realized that sustainability in our homes has the potential to be a beautiful, efficient and affordable thing.
Interestingly…of all the features that a Proto Home™ offers…sustainability isn’t one of them. Why? Because sustainability is already engrained in all of our designs. At Proto, being “green” isn’t a revered exception…it is the rule.
Proto Home in Burbank, CA. Sustainable landscaping is beautiful and less water-resource intensive.
We use sustainable materials and building methods to create a house whose green aspects are integral to the structure itself, and then we fit it with equally efficient finishes, fixtures, and appliances. In addition, we partner with companies that share the same vision for a more responsible approach to design and manufacturing.
Below are just a few of the building methods, products, and materials we use to make affordable, low-maintenance, and efficient homes in almost no time.
Proto Home Entry-way. Location: Los Angeles County
Building Methods Used in Proto Homes:
Light-reflective “Cool Roof” reflects sunlight–minimizes heat gain of the house.
Recyclable and reusable exterior metal and eco-cladding panels–add to the life cycle benefits of the house for years to come.
Central infrastructure core (Proto Core™) minimizes initial construction costs, utility and energy expenses over the lifetime of the house.
Passive solar design of the floor plans minimizes heat gain during the day and allows daylight to play a significant role in the use of the home.
Cross-ventilation of operable windows and doors creates a pleasant living environment without the use of forced air-cooling systems.
- KitchenAid Energy Star appliances
- Dual-flush low-flow toilets by Duravit
- Takagi Energy Star Tankless water-heater
- LifeMaster No VOC Paints by Glidden Professionals
- Lightolier XCeed LED fixtures (throughout the house)
Being “green” isn’t an afterthought at Proto Homes–It is engrained in everything we do. That is why at Proto…every week is “Earth Week”.
Have questions about our products or design process? Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or simply type your comment below!
‘Til Next Time,
the Proto Team
For more information on the building materials and products we use to build Proto Homes, take a peak at our Sustainability Sheet.
For more information on how you could make your home more sustainable, please visit the links below:
5 Ways to Make My Home More Sustainable
Going Green at Home
Sustainability Tips (for your home)
Energy Saving Tips and Sustainability (for your home)