Designing Green

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Sustainability, eco-friendly, GREEN! We hear these 'It' words all the time in everything from doing the grocery shopping through to the clothing we buy - but what do these words mean when it comes to designing a home?

Not just a fad, designing green is becoming integral to successful design and construction practices. In fact the practice is so dominant; many design firms are only designing homes that embrace sustainability. Evidence of this growing trend was seen in the recent judging of the 2015 ADNZ | Resene Architectural Design Awards. Judges noted a real increase in 'green' homes over the past year across all the award categories, and were delighted that designers and clients alike are investing in the benefits of sustainable living.

Going green has many benefits when designing a home. The importance of going easy on natural resources and the need for alternative energy sources and less wasteful practices are becoming increasingly recognised worldwide. Designing green can make a difference. A green-designed house is also healthier, more efficient, and more comfortable.

Going Green can be introduced into home design in many ways - from using solar power, to double glazed windows and by selecting a heating system that is kind on the environment.

For more information and to understand how you can design a home that meets green standards, ADNZ will be presenting a Designing Green seminar series running throughout New Zealand end of July and August. Lead architectural professionals, Bob Burnett and Glenn Murdoch will present on how to design beautiful homes that touch our earth lightly. Dates and cities are listed below.

30 July - Christchurch
31 July - Dunedin
6 August - Auckland
7 August - Rotorua
13 August - Wellington
14 August - Palmerston North

For more information visit: http://www.adnz.org.nz/events/feature/77