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Eco-friendly architect offers tips on creating a green living space

on Friday,April 29,2011 19:04

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San Francisco architect Matt Hollis recently offered advice about having the home owner decide if they want to make small adjustments to their infrastructure or if they want to uproot and revamp the entire building, according to the San Francisco Chronicle.

"I always tell clients that the most influential move that they can make is to adopt a sustainable lifestyle through fundamental adjustments in water and energy use," Hollis tells the news source.

He continues to explain that recycled products can add character to any room or appliance. However, if one decides to buy something new, they should make sure they buy something with the Energy Star seal, which is a program that illustrates which items are approved by the Environment Protection Agency. Purchasing new model appliances that are energy efficient saves individuals money by lowering the utility bills and it also qualifies people to receive tax credits, the newspaper reports.

Using sustainable products while redesigning may become more popular as the years progress. Prospective architects may have the opportunity to design with these items. Employment in this field is expected to increase by 16 percent between 2008 and 2018, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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