Should you build your home to a higher standard? Should you “go green”?

Building to a higher standard benefits you, the planet, and future generations

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Go Green? Why would you want to build a sustainable “green” home? How do the decisions you make that are friendly to the environment benefit your home?

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It is easy to dismiss making a decision that protects forests in South America if you have no direct attachment to South America. Using FSC certified wood is more expensive on a cash basis without a doubt. So why would you ever care about using this strategy? FSC is a third-party certification that protects rain forests in South America from being clear-cut. How do we put value on saving these forests? It is difficult, however those forests are filtering air, sequestering carbon, and producing oxygen to breath. So inherently we know the health of those forests is important, but again, is it worth paying more to build your home to protect forests half a world away?

Precious wood at Mil Madeiras Ltd. FSC, from sustainable logging. Amazon, Brazil

Deciding to build a healthy, energy-efficient, and…

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