We are preparing to host another green home tour to a group of local high school students soon, so I’ve been thinking about all of the sustainable features in our home that I like to highlight on tours. It’s been a while since we’ve hosted a student or scout group, so it will be nice to do a showing for education again.
One of the topics that came up as I created my outline - one that I often forget about when discussing sustainability - is "Longevity as Sustainability." One of the important concepts about building a sustainable home is making sure that you get what you really want and that it lasts a very long time, so that you don't have to replace things and contribute to the landfill problem. For example, our exterior metal siding and roofing each have a 50 year warranty on the finish, and a lifetime warranty on the structure of the metal panels. There's no asphalt roofing shingle on the market that can come close to that, so bam! I never have to worry about my roof. Ever. That's nice, let me tell you. Because now that my kids are older, I spend all of my time worrying about who's supposed to be where for what, at what time, and did they bring the right gear and enough snacks and water - know what I mean? Who has time to worry about a roof, right?