Thursday, February 26, 2009

EARTH DAY: Green Generation Campaign, Tuesday, April 22, 2009

This year, Earth Day, April 22, 2009, will mark the beginning of the "Green Generation Campaign", a two-year initiative to encourage action and civic participation in a sustainable future by supporting the campaign’s principles:

  • To create a carbon-free future based on renewable energy that will end our common dependency on fossil fuels, including coal

  • To secure individuals’ commitments to responsible, sustainable consumption

  • To create a new green economy that lifts people out of poverty by creating millions of quality green jobs and transforms the global education system into a green one

  • Where do we fit in? Certainly we all participate on a personal level, but moreover, Bonin Architects is committed to participate by using sustainable design practices and incorporating green and/or energy efficient materials and systems into our home designs. With an increased awareness of renewable energy systems such as solar energy, wind power, and geothermal heating systems, many of our clients come to us with a formulated sustainable philosophy and know which systems they would like to include in their design, how much they cost, and what they can expect for a return on their investment. Others, perhaps overwhelmed with the amount of information disseminated on green technology and renewable energy, have ideas and are open to possibilities, but have no clear objectives outlined for their home design.

    Whatever their background and exposure to sustainability, we guide homeowners through the process of designing and building a comfortable, healthy, energy efficient home that reduces their negative impact on the environment, and their carbon footprint, in many ways by:

  • Maximizing light and ventilation;
  • Limiting site disturbance;
  • Utilizing recycled or reclaimed materials whenever possible;
  • Reducing heating and cooling costs by incorporating a high performance insulation system such as SIP panels;
  • Generating electricity in alternative ways such as through solar energy or wind power;
  • Creating a healthy indoor environment by reducing toxins and allergens.

  • Certainly April 22, 2009 will be a memorable Earth Day, as people around the globe make a concerted effort to become a "Green Generation". How will you participate?