Durability: An Important Consideration for Eco-Friendly Products

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How long do you think that a home built today should last?  50 years?  100 years?  150 years?  Incorporating durable materials into construction means that the product will last longer – they will not need to be replaced.  When a product does not need to be replaced, that means less strain on our natural resources and fewer items going to the landfill.

Another aspect of durability that we should take into consideration is the concept of Timeless Architecture.  Timeless Architecture takes into consideration that a product might be designed well enough to last – but the aesthetical implications need to be long-lasting, as well. 

I use the example of avocado refrigerators.  These were the stainless steel appliances of the 1970s.  Everybody wanted one.  Nowadays, many of these appliances are still working perfectly in people’s kitchens, but the durability of visual appeal is debatable. 

So, the question becomes: how can you incorporate products into the design of a home that will not only last for years to come, but will also appeal from a design standpoint? Check out a couple sites where you can find eco-friendly products designed and built for timeless architecture:

www.wideplankflooring.com

www.lowimpactliving.com

www.greenhome.com

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