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Honeycomb cellular shades fit energy-saving mission of green building
Jan 6 2011
A popular misconception about green building is that it needs to be done on large, complicated projects that cost a lot of money. But that view of sustainable building practices and eco-friendly interiors isn't true, according to The Tyee, a British Columbia online magazine.
Green construction doesn't have to be limited to large, expensive projects.
"This reputation is increasingly at odds with the next-generation of green homes, schools and workplaces. These green buildings tend to be small, simple, and surprisingly affordable," wrote magazine editor David Beers.
Beers explained that five myths tend to persist about green building trends – high cost, less comfort, materials must be imported, energy savings is hyped and that green building is only a fad.
On the contrary, the magazine found that studies on green building shows the energy savings is real, the cost of green building is no more than in traditional construction and the public is embracing the trend as a long-term way of life.
As for comfort and availability, Beers wrote that non-toxic finishings and furnishings are increasingly available to provide soft surfaces in air-tight green buildings. For instance, the use of honeycomb cellular shades, which trap air to conserve heat in winter and cool down hot rooms in summer, fit the energy-saving mission of green building.
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