There are many different definitions of Environmental Sustainability that exist today. www.businessdictionary.com defines it as “The maintenance of the factors and practices that contribute to the quality of environment on a long-term basis.” www.economicshelp.org says that “Environmental sustainability is concerned with whether environmental resources will be protected and maintained for future generations.” www.environmentalscience.org says that “Sustainability looks to protect our natural environment, human and ecological health, while driving innovation and not compromising our way of life.”
All different definitions, but all with a very common thread – that environmental sustainability looks to ensure the continued existence of our environment and natural resources while maintaining our current way of life and technological advancements. A feat that might seem impossible, but maybe just requires a dash of creativity and a heaping dose of determination.
There is a rapidly growing demand by consumers and home builders for products that are manufactured by organizations with environmentally responsible and sustainable processes. As such, there has been a steady increase in the number of environmentally-approved certification programs for different products within the home – be it furniture, flooring, walls, roofing or even cabinets. With so many different certification programs available these days, it is difficult to determine which one fulfills the requirements consumers and home builders are looking for.
THE KCMA ESP SEAL COVERS ALL THE BASES
The Kitchen Cabinet Manufacturers Association regularly tracks what's going on in the cabinet industry - check out our latest post below for the latest updates:
DESIGNERS SHARE THEIR FAVORITE KITCHEN CABINET LOOKS
Houzz sat down recently with a panel of its designers and architects to discuss the cabinet looks they've been adding to recent projects. Here is what they had to say:
- Two-tone color schemes - white for uppers and a blue or green for lowers
- Shaker style - this style continues to be popular due to its timeless nature
- Low profile hardware - thin handles and pulls that are routed into the tops of cabinets provide a clean look compared to knobs
Open shelving - designers and architects have been seeing multiple requests to replace upper cabinets with open shelving for a less-complicated design.
What a Healthy Home Means
There is a lot of information and buzz among homeowners these days of having “healthy homes”. The concept of having a healthy home might seem very straightforward, but classifying a home as healthy actually means that it follows 8 very specific principles. According to the National Center for Healthy Housing, 8 Principles are: