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Simple Design Tips for a More Sustainable Home

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Simple Design Tips for a More Sustainable Home

These small but impactful design solutions can make any home more sustainable

July 6, 2023
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Sustainable home design is a broad concept, but one that's becoming more popular as younger and more climate-conscious generations reach peak homebuying age. According to the National Association of Realtors, incorporating sustainability into the home can be as simple as reclaiming and recycling materials such as hardwoods, tile, and light fixtures. 

Investing in more durable pieces of furniture that are built to last is another easy way to reduce waste, and opting to buy locally means less of an environmental impact from shipping.

“Sustainable design is a methodology that prioritizes environmental preservation and well-being,” says Sarah Barnard, a WELL- and LEED-accredited designer and owner of Sarah Barnard Design in Santa Monica, Calif. “Responsibly sourced materials and energy systems that focus on water reduction, use of renewable energy, and consideration of long-term environmental impacts throughout the design process are all important factors in sustainable design.”

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