Green Living. What is Green?
Green living and design is not just about how we build and decorate, but rather is a state of mind. The sustainable design principles that HFG Design applies to our projects and everyday life, realize, inspire and nurture this thought process.
No act is too small when it comes to being green, whether it’s choosing to forego a disposable coffee cup, driving a hybrid vehicle, or installing a geo-thermal heating and cooling system for a home. Every choice we make in the way we live our lives, design our homes, and interact with the earth can make the world a better place. HFG Design believes that by designing, building and living green we can make an immediate and measurable impact on the health of our families and the planet, without compromising our lifestyle, sanity or style.
We aim for our projects to have the least environmental and health impact as possible. HFG Design supports sustainable materials and design to positively impact the project in the future, while always balancing sustainable design and its benefits with each client individual needs, budget, and appetite for new technology. For our projects the question is not “will the renovation be green”, but rather "how green can it be?”
Almost half of all energy generated across the world is used to cool, light, and ventilate buildings, and more than half of all natural resources are used in the construction process. Because of this, the building and design community have an unprecedented opportunity to lead the way in global efforts to stop climate change. If the USA built half of its new commercial buildings to use 50% less energy, more then 6 million tons of CO2 would be saved annually - the equivalent of taking more then 1 million cars off the road eachyear.
The key areas that HFG Design addresses in sustainable design are based on LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) guidelines which include: thoughtful site development; water savings; energy efficiency; environmentally conscious material selection; and indoor environmental air quality. An important component to this is DEMATERIALIZATION (i.e., to scale back on material used to produce energy, production, waste, shipping costs, etc.). We call this “TAKING OUT THE EXTRA LAYERS IN A PROJECT”, or simply stated doing more with less, and using only what is truly necessary in an effort to leave behind little or no waste.
Even in our non “Green” certified projects, we always consider materials that cut down on the use of volatile organic compounds (VOC's), as well as formaldehyde products in paints, carpets, adhesives, and sealants, striving to improve indoor air quality.
We invite and encourage you to set up a consultation with us today and find out how you can start your own personal Greenification!