What are "sustainable" home building features?
Some features of sustainable buildings typically noticeable to homeowners include the integration of natural daylight for lighting purposes, high indoor air quality, and reduced utility bills. Features that may not be noticeable include use of finishes and materials low in volatile organic compounds that improve indoor air quality, increased productivity and comfort for home occupants, and the use of locally produced materials to support the local economy.
Dr. Ronn Phillips, Arch.D., and Bobbi Hauptmann, Environmental Design, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia
Last update: Monday, May 18, 2009