HGTV Green Home 2008: Eco-Friendly Features

Seven basic areas of sustainability were targeted in the building of HGTV's Green Home 2008. Find out about all seven areas and get eco-friendly ideas for your own home.

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Seven basic sustainability areas were targeted during the building of HGTV's Green Home 2008: innovation and design, location and linkages, sustainable site, water efficiency, energy and atmosphere, materials and resources, indoor environmental quality, awareness and education.

Innovation and Design

Anyone can say they are building a green home. The 2008 HGTV Green Home sought out a quantifiable, third party program that would objectively measure the house's sustainability. The project is registered with the US Green Building Council's (USGBC) Leadership in the Energy and Efficient Design for Homes Program (LEED for Homes). LEED for Homes is a green home rating system for ensuring that homes are designed and built to be energy and resource efficient and healthy for occupants. Some of the areas of innovation and design improvements include the following:

Integrated Project Planning - From the outset, designers, energy experts, and construction specialists all worked together to develop a comprehensive approach to the project.

Durability Planning - A comprehensive list of durability issues were identified as key issues that must be addressed and inspected during construction. These included design details that improved the durability of the house by anticipating pests, rot, natural disasters, and controlling water inside and outside of the house.

Location and Linkages

An environmentally sustainable home is one that is conveniently located and connected to the daily services that we all need. A sustainable home makes it easy to walk to the corner store and makes use of existing infrastructure. Tradition is a community that creates this convenience:

Neighborhood Services - Tradition is a community with retail, fitness, dining and offices within walking distance. This reduces reliance on cars and improves convenience.

Golf Cart with Every Home - Tradition provides a golf cart with every home, encouraging cleaner forms of transportation that don't create as much demand for roads and parking.

Open Space - A key part to encouraging a health lifestyle is readily accessible green spaces and parks. Tradition has numerous parks, most of which are interconnected with bike trails and walking paths. This encourages a true neighborhood experience where neighbors meet and interact.

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