When your choice is green design . . .
Who we are – JM strives to apply sustainable approaches to help the environment, our children and the earth’s inhabitants.
What we do – We strive to be at the forefront of interior design industry, providing our clients with principles and practices that enhance the quality of life and the long term health of our environment. Throughout the design process, we are equipped and ready to support our client every step of the way.
Why we do what we do – We cherish the environment that we are privileged to live in, and we want to preserve it. Our design-drive forces are implementing environmentally – sound products and systems when-ever we can. The design industry is making it easier every day, with third party certifications and earth-sustaining, yet design-drive products. Applying these sustainable offerings is always that we help the environment last, so that we can enjoy it, and most importantly preserve it for future generations.
We give back to the earth through supporting environmental causes in as many ways as possible.
Our Green Foundation
This lays the foundation of successful green housing, use less, collaborate with the outdoors and strive to live a beautiful, joyful, and sustainable life.
We apply “FSC” certified woods, “forest stewardship council” where ever possible. This mean that you know that the wood is sustainable forested. Even if you are building new or remodeling it’s great for cabinet, hardwood flooring, and a number of construction uses.
Countertop Solutions that are eco-friendly
Recycled paper countertop, that may sound a little scary but; this was made as skate board ramps 20 years ago and they are very durable.
Concrete counter top with fly ash in it cut down on the cement in the concrete and create a natural look.
Concrete with porcelain in it, porcelain usual end up a land fills and it’s really recyclable.
Consider the walls, roof, and great insulation systems. Spray in foam that exceeds the American lung association criteria for a healthy home. Radiant floors and dual-pane or triple-pane glass will help lower energy usage. Energy Star appliances will help to reduce the amount of energy while reducing water usage. To achieve sun shading for your glass window and doors during the summer months, close shades, blinds, or curtains to save on indoor cooling. During the winter, let the sun in to help naturally warm your home by leaving your windows bare and the shades open.
Conserving your home's resources is important, more now than ever. It is not only important for the environment, but living things depend on a healthy, clean supply of water. The kitchen is a good place to start. Install faucet mesh ends to save money on water usage. You can update your toilet to an “eco toilet” that can save you 3500 gallon per year, per person. You can also take water conservation outdoors and apply “zeroscaping," and water native landscape with drip irrigation and green-roof systems.
Whether you are building new or updating your current home, look for product’s like “no VOC”, which are volatile organic compounds. This means no smell and no toxins. Another good thing to consider is using wood or tile. With radiate flooring, copper tubes run along the wood floor to provide heat, even if you are barefoot.
Glossary of Green
A guide to some common “green” terms.
Alternative energy- energy from a source (i.e. Wind, running, water, the sun) other the conventional fossil-fuel sources such as oil natural gas and coal.
Biodegradable- A material or substance capable of being decomposed by biological agent without harmful effects to the environment.
Building envelope- the elements of a building, such as its roof, walls and foundations, the enclosed conditioned spaces.
Certified wood- wood-based materials used in building construction that are supplied form sustainably managed forests.
Day lighting- introducing natural daylight into interior spaces and controlling it specifically to reduce levels of electric lighting, minimize glare and optimize lighting quality.
Energy Efficient- products and systems that used less energy to perform as well as or better the stranded products. While some have greater up-font costs, energy-efficient products cost less to operate over their lifetimes.
Energy Star Rating- the label given by the EPS and DOE to appliances and products that exceed federal enegry-efficienty standards.
Forest Stewardship Council- A non-profit organization that created and administers a forestry certification program to assure the responsible management of the world’s forests. FSC.org
Green Building- a building that provides the specified building performance requirements while minimizing disturbance to and improving the function of local, regional and global ecosystems during and after its construction and service of life.
High-performance green building- minimizes construction waste; and creates healthy indoor environments.
Rapidly Renewable- Materials that are not depleted when used, but a typically harvested from fast-growing sources and do not require unnecessary chemical support. Example: bamboo, fax, wheat, wool and certain woods.
Reclamation- restoration of materials found in the waster streams to a beneficial use that may be other than the original use.
Recycling- A systems of collecting, separation and processing products or materials from the sold waster stream and manufacturing the raw materials for new products.
Renewable Energy- energy harvested forms any natural source that can replenish itself naturally. Examples include solar energy, hydroelectric power and window power.
Sustainable Development- development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generation to meet their own needs.
Sustainability – the ability of society to continue functioning into the future without being forced into decline thorough exhaustion or over-loading of the key resources on which that system depends.
United States Green Building Council (USGBC) a coalition of leader from across the building industry sector working to promote buildings that are environmentally responsible, profitable, and healthy places to live and work.
Volatile Organic Compound VOC- chemical containing carbon that exist as vapor or gases at normal temperatures. VOC’s come from many products such as adhesives, carpeting, paint, solvent and cleaning products.
Source: InPro Corporation