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Clark Baxter's Sustainable Design Corps New Website Unites Green Homeowners, Green Builders and Designers
Sustainable Design Corp. has rolled out a new website for green homeowners, builders and suppliers. The site is a clearing house of resources dedicated to bringing the benefits and savings of sustainable design to the American home.
The purpose of the Sustainable Design Co. is to educate the American homeowner or buyer on the true value of sustainable design and green construction and to connect them with sustainable resources and builders in their local area. “With the right information, a builder or designer can create a structure that is easier to build, costs less, has longer lasting qualities, and is easier on the owners pocketbook and the environment; having a footprint that is years ahead of its conventional counterpart”, says Clark Baxter, founder of Sustainable Design.
Besides the environmental considerations, a sustainable home returns 400% of the cost of improvements in 7 years on average, while standard improvements continue to cost more in future maintenance. Unfortunately, one size does not fit all.
Different building techniques need to be evaluated in each region of the country. Sustainable Design’s web site is a national database of local resources. It helps the consumer or professional quickly find the right local person or organization to answer the users’ questions.
“Our network of design and construction professionals gives the builder or buyer access to the almost limitless resources currently available. Our network will help you make practical sustainable design and green construction choices.”
Green or sustainable design is now mandated by many states. Green materials and methods have become the new norm in design and construction. Intelligent application of these practical technologies maximizes results in unexpected ways.
“At Sustainable Design, we strive to emphasize the differing needs of the very diverse geo and demographic areas of this country. What works in some areas, does not in others”, says Clark. “Our professional network, and 40 years of sustainable building experience, helps you select the best solution for your local area. Our network of experts follows the principles of Sustainable Design and will help you select the best local professionals for your needs“.
Modern design and construction leaders follow more than some vague philosophy. Analyzing each design element allows your designer to calculate and maximize your project’s overall benefits. Although cost savings over the life of a project can be projected at the beginning of each project, the on-going costs in that analysis will only go up. Each savings you make now will compound your ROI in the future.
One southern California community studied sustainable vs. standard landscaping practices. Two adjacent and similar yards were landscaped from bare ground. All costs were tracked and after 5 years, the native and sustainable yard cost 20% of the traditional landscape.
Similar savings come from solar home installations. You pay yourself for the power you generate and use, not the power company. Many area regulations let you sell any excess power you generate back to the power companies. Add energy efficient appliances and lighting and your power costs can drop to near zero.
“What is needed is education in the form of practice. When architects, designers, builders and homeowners realize the real benefits of green construction, they will tell their neighbors. A ground swell of saving will take place in their community”, says Clark.
“With the right information, a builder or designer can create a structure that is easier to build, costs less, has longer lasting qualities and is better for the owners and the environment; years ahead of its conventional counterpart”, says Clark. “And a sustainable home sells for 12% to 15% more than a standard home, and it sells 23% faster.”
“That is where our network of design and construction professionals and the limitless resources they possess comes into play. Educational materials, easily accessible research and experts in their field are all here in one spot.”
And green home improvements don’t have to be expensive. “On a recent project, using the products on our site and some outside research, the actual material construction cost was 13% less than bids for materials at the local big box store and standard local yards (lumber excluded)”, said Clark.
Sustainable and green construction methods save you thousands in life-time costs and they are familiar to the majority of people and contractors alike. To learn more about sustainable cost saving solutions you can use today, visit: http://www.sustainabledesigncorp.com/benefits-homeowners
Architects and Professionals may register at: http://www.sustainabledesigncorp.com/user/user/register/professional