April 22, 2020 2020 marks 50 years of celebrating Earth Day and honoring our beautiful planet. From reducing, reusing, and recycling, to conserving water and using reusable shopping bags, there are so many ways you can give back to the planet. We're excited to share with you some ideas for getting involved as well as choosing sustainable materials when building a custom home.


Choosing natural materials when designing your custom home may seem intimidating, but these exquisite materials can create a unique look while protecting the planet. RAMMED EARTH A durable and dramatic material that is sure to give your home an eye catching look, this material is created from moistened subsoil compounded together. When dried, the resulting block reveals subtle layers for an distinctive and unique look that is also environmentally friendly. Absorbing heat during the day and releasing it at night, this material can be used as thermal storage. RECYCLED STEEL An extremely popular sustainable material, using recycled steel helps eliminate the excessive energy typically expended in the production and smelting of steel. Typically used in beams and girders, recycling this material saves approximately 75% of the energy costs utilized in making steel. BAMBOO Sustainable due to its quick growth in comparison to pine and cedar, bamboo resembles wood aesthetically and can be used in tiles, trim & flooring, counter tops, and decks. WOOL INSULATION Not only is wool compostable, biodegradable, flame resistant and sound deadening, but it is also a non-toxic option for your home insulation. Providing improved air quality by retaining and releasing moisture, it is able to keep you warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.


Looking to see some of these materials for yourself? One of our very own inspiration homes at Ascaya showcases Rammed Earth walls. Designed by Lake|Flato Architecture and appropriately named the Horizon House, this estate blends seamlessly with its surroundings. The 2-0" thick rammed earth walls are a blend of two local soils and create an essence of warmth and natural beauty throughout the property. The walls are exposed on both sides and extend from the interior into the landscape to create outdoor/indoor living areas and a seamless aesthetic throughout. Interested in seeing this property in person? Check out our information below and make an appointment with us: 8 Vista Crescent Court Henderson, NV 89012 7,850 Square Feet 5 Bedrooms | 6 Bathrooms https://lvreal.com/property/728 702-780-REAL (7325) info@lvreal.com Ascaya Sales Center: 702-928-5853 sales@ascaya.com ascaya.com Photo Credit: Casey Dunn


Whether you just purchased a new home, are currently building, or have a long standing residency, there are lots of ways to make a big impact on the environment with just a few small changes around your house. CREATE A RECYCLING CENTER -Make recycling a priority and add an extra bin for those recyclables -Call 1-800-cleanup to find your nearest recycling center COMPOST, LANDSCAPE, AND GARDEN -Compost kitchen scraps and add nutrients to your soil to save landfill space -Plant a tree to add some extra shade, save energy, clean the air, and combat climate change -Grow your own organic vegetable/herb garden SAVE ENERGY -Perform an energy audit -Install programmable thermostats -Fix leaky faucets to reduce water consumption -Turn out the lights when you leave a room -Aim to shorten your showers and turn off the faucet when brushing your teath -Check for air leaks -Choose energy saving light bulbs such as CFLs and LEDs MORE RESOURCES AND INFORMATION ON EARTH DAY 2020 https://www.earthday.org/earth-day-2020/


TAKE THE NEXT STEP IN SAVING ENERGY Rapidly growing, the solar industry is saving the planet one home at a time. With falling prices on solar panels as well as innovative financing options from leasing to owning, now is the time to invest and take the jump towards solar. DID YOU KNOW? 1. The most abundant energy resource on earth is solar energy 2. Falling prices have allowed for solar options to be ecologically and economically beneficial for home and business owners 3. Increased from 1.2 gigawatts to 27.4 gigawatts in the past 8 years, demand for solar is at an all-time high TESLA SOLAR TILES Gone are the days where the only option for solar are large panels perched atop your roof. Tesla has created solar shingles that involve simple installation, are tax-subsidized, and have the ability to decrease the home's electricity bill by almost 50%. Photo Credit: Jenson/iStock

Sources: https://elemental.green/10-eco-building-materials-revolutionizing-home-construction/ https://oceanservice.noaa.gov/ocean/earthday.html https://www.motherearthnews.com/green-homes/the-most-eco-friendly-home-construction-materials-zbcz1802 https://www.energy.gov/articles/solar-wind-hydropower-home-renewable-energy-installations https://www.energy.gov/articles/top-6-things-you-didnt-know-about-solar-energy

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