The kitchen may be the heart of the home, but it’s also the resident energy hog. Plus, your kitchen contributes its share of indoor air pollution through cooking fumes and gases from flooring, paints and countertops.
The economy may be keeping a lid on spending, but when it comes to flooring, it’s driving trends. That’s because today’s cost-conscious consumer is more demanding of value than ever.
There’s definitely been a shift from spending to savings. But that doesn’t mean consumers aren’t buying flooring: it means they’re looking for value and comfort. They might not be moving up right now, but they’re still into feathering the nest.
Green design is a science, not an art. Some principles apply across the board, but many measures will depend on your home’s age, construction techniques used, building codes, local climate (temperature and humidity) and the land on which your home sits. If you’re going to get serious about green, you’ll want to do a lot of research and eventually some testing. To help you along, we’ve provided this list of recommended resources.
American Lung Association Health House
Since 1993, this program has educated homeowners about indoor air quality and its impact on health, particularly asthma and allergies. The website provides an indoor air quality checklist, tip sheets on issues ranging from lead to radon, home maintenance guides and other information about creating a healthy home.
Begun as a utility-based energy-saving program, Earth Advantage now also addresses sustainability and home performance for Oregon and Washington states. The site includes an interactive quiz to see how green your home is, information on mortgages that reward green homeowners, and a design resource center that provides green recommendations, how-to info and products for each room of your new or existing home.
Looking to build or remodel a home in the Southeast? Born in Atlanta for new single-family homes, the EarthCraft House green building program has spread to multifamily existing homes, and throughout Alabama, Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia. EarthCraft offers education, training and guidelines for builders, but homeowners can benefit from the knowledge, as well as a list of EarthCraft House builders, remodelers and communities.
Energy Efficient Rehab Advisor
Based on the information you plug into it — age of home, location and type of project — this interactive tool recommends specific energy-efficient, healthy, durable and sustainable improvements, such as adding insulation or using low-flow faucets. Information on costs and savings is included. The tool is based on information from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Recommendations are based on averages and computer models, but it’s a good starting point.
To earn Energy Star qualification, homes and products must meet strict criteria for energy efficiency set by the Environmental Protection Agency and the Department of Energy. The website offers lists of Energy Star-qualified products such as dishwashers, refrigerators, clothes washers, lighting fixtures and ceiling fans; information on tax credits, special offers or rebates; home improvement tips; and a database of builders, developers and home energy raters who can help you build an Energy Star home.
If you are still looking for more ways to go green during a remodel, head to PlumbTile and ask one of our expert employees. They will be able to help you find the perfect ways for you to incorporate your green fingerprint into your home.
The questions on most people’s mind are two things: How do I reduce my energy bills and how do I reduce my carbon footprint? Going green can be achieved with going weith all natural material in your tiles. Natural wood such as cork and stone tiles offer very beautiful choices but if you are more into the exotic look, consider coconut, pebble or teak mosaic tiles. And if you want to go 100% green you can purchase tiles made strictly from recycled materials. Continue reading
The bathroom is full of harsh chemicals and high rates of water consumption. We need to find better ways of conserving our natural resources and cutting down the use of such chemicals. Why not start in the bathroom? There are quite a few ways in which you can go green in the bathroom. Continue reading
TOTO has revolutionized the bath experience with an innovative line of commercial and residential bathroom fixtures and fittings designed to provide a superior experience. No other manufacturer offers TOTO’s unique combination of design, innovation, technology, attention to detail and quality. Experience nature’s purest element in its truest form – delivered in luxury and opulence.
TOTO is the world’s largest plumbing products manufacturer with nearly a century of experience. Offering a complete line of decorative plumbing fixtures and fittings, faucets, bathroom accessories, shower and flush valves, toilets, lavatory sinks, bidets, washlets, Air Baths and more.
TOTO embraced water and energy conservation years before government mandates. Through constantly evolving manufacturing practices and advanced technology, TOTO consistently leads the way in plumbing fixture efficiency and sustainability. TOTO is Luxury in Balance.
Happy Floors Tile is a national distributor with a heavy emphasis on providing customers with environmentally responsible products, using recyclable material, ensuring that they only have minimal negative impact on the environment. These floors are designed to appeal to a variety of people, with options designed for home, business, indoor, and outdoor uses. There is literally no part of your home that you cannot beautify with this tasteful tile. These floors are eco-friendly, meaning that you can give yourself a big pat on the back for helping to conserve our planet’s natural resources.
Now you too can have a beautiful looking home, with tile flooring so gorgeous it will give you pride for the rest of your life. With a tile floor by Happy Floors, a home becomes a place of elegance and class.
Trend is an international manufacturer and distributor of mosaic tile collections produced in recycled glass, 24 carat gold and venetian enamel. It also produces engineered agglomerates containing recycled fragmented glass, quartz and granite. Trend supplies products suitable for the decoration of private spaces, urban areas and works of art. Trend tiles are great for backsplash appliques, wall tile, floor tile, countertops, aquatic tile, patio tile, and entryway tile.
As one of the world’s leading producers of colored glass tiles, Venetian enamel, gold leaf tesserae and agglomerate slab, Trend has demonstrated a unique ability to synthesise the essential principles of Italian tradition, with a dynamic creativity attuned to today’s interior designers, architects and artists.
In addition, Trend moved early and aggressively to reduce the ecological impact of its processes and products. Production is now designed to consume fewer raw materials and energy resources, to recycle otherwise wasted materials, and to increase the natural durability of its products.
The Kitchen & Bath Industry Show, in conjunction with the National Kitchen and Bath Association (NKBA) is an inspiring, interactive platform that showcases the latest industry products, trends and technologies. KBIS is the voice of the kitchen and bath industry and has been for 50 years.