HGTV Green Home 2009: What Makes it Green?
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Another hallmark of a green home is a beautiful outdoor environment. This means protecting and enhancing the natural beauty of the site through minimal site disturbance, controlling erosion, and beautiful landscaping.
Permeable Pavement– Using permeable pavers on the driveway allows rainwater to naturally seep into the ground rather than running to the stormwater system.
Drought Resistant Landscape – Tradition engaged the landscape architecture firm of Krent Wieland Design to design a sustainable outdoor environment. Their design features native plants that are naturally drought tolerant and require less irrigation.
Hydroponic Food Source/ Vegetated Roof – Nothing is more sustainable than growing your own food, especially through a self sufficient hydroponic system, which is approximately 100,000 times more water efficient than conventional farming. The HGTV Green Home has a small hydroponic garden and also a small herb garden as part of the rooftop system.
Limited Turf – By limiting the turf around the house, the amount of time and money invested in maintenance and irrigation is reduced. Shade Trees – Large canopy trees are planned to cast shade on the patios and driveway to reduce heat build-up on site.
Light Colors – The hardscape (driveway, walkway, patio) colors are highly reflective to reduce the heat build up around the house
The HGTV Green Home includes design features that will reduce the overall water consumption by 50% over a conventional home. This not only reduces the utility bill, but reduces the community’s total demand for clean water.
Water Reuse – Tradition as a community collects stormwater from streets and stores it in a network of retention ponds. This water is then reused for irrigating of lawns.
Water efficient fixtures – Using low-flow toilets reduce water usage while maintaining water pressure. Aerators on sinks and showers are added to reduce water flow. (Products from sponsor KOHLER.)
Water efficient irrigation – Using drought-tolerant and native plants reduces the need for irrigation and fertilization. The irrigation system features a rain sensor that automatically restricts the system during wet weather. The system also uses high efficiency heads that direct the proper volume of water exactly where it’s needed.
Rainwater Harvesting – The HGTV Green Home collects rainwater from the roof into rain barrels and will be used for irrigation of the hydroponic garden and vegetated roof.
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