The Green Building Movement has hit the mainstream and many of our clients have been requesting green design lately.
We’ve been designing houses using high-efficiency HVAC systems, sustainable building products, high R-value foam insulation and high-efficiency windows for years.
We’ve stepped it up a bit though, in response to the recent demand for green design. We’re looking at photovoltaic solar panels, geothermal heat pumps and residential wind turbines. These technologies are relatively expensive though, and not for everyone.
Soon, we’ll have a way to go green at a low cost.
Inhabitat points us to Toyota Roof Garden Corp (a subsidiary of the company that brings us the Hybrid Prius). Their Green Roof Tiles are 20 inches square, 2 inches thick, self-irrigating and less than fifty bucks a unit.
At this point, the company only has a Japanese website, so we don’t have much more information than what Inhabitat, Ecofriend, Livescience and GreenGeek have to offer. It looks like a winner, so we’ll post more info as we find it.