A Green Kitchen
Achieving sustainability in the home is an important factor to consider at the initial design stage in either a renovation or new home project. The specifying of materials will need careful consideration, particularly where your clients have indicated their wish to achieve more sustainable, environmentally friendly spaces in their home.
As the kitchen is a key area within the home,making it environmentally friendly provides more sustainable outcomes for healthy living, and energy and water consumption. Consumers are now more aware of, and therefore more likely to ask about, creating “greener” living spaces, so having detailed information on design, products and materials at your disposal is important during the design phase of the project.
The choice of materials, fittings and the layout of the kitchen will directly contribute to a more efficient living space for your client. Your client will breathe easier and be saving money on energy and water bills, too. Specifying suitable materials and appliances is an important part in creating a green kitchen environment and more detailed research is recommended.
Options to consider when designing a greener kitchen include:
- Formal dehyde-free cabinets and materials
- Low VOC paints and finishes
- LED and natural lighting
- Water-saving taps
- Energy-efficient appliances
- Solar hot water systems (for the whole home)
- Recycled materials
- Materials from natural sources