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I think there are some really simple and easy steps to making your home more environmentally friendly. The easiest of course is with the finishes that you choose in the house. Nontoxic paints that are low VOC. They're not going to put off harmful gases, and really improve indoor air quality. I think another simple step to making spaces more environmentally friendly is through lighting, and that can be done with fluorescent lighting, even in recessed lighting, which is much of what we have in this home. And then another really simple way is through Energy Star appliances, just making sure that the appliances that you select have an Energy Star rating. I think when you're choosing furnishings and fixtures within a home, that's also another component to green design. And throughout this home we were really conscious of choosing furniture and materials that was either fabricated locally, or if it was not fabricated locally, we made sure that it was produced by vendors who have an environmental background and are environmentally conscious. So a lot of our furniture is either made from bamboo, like the table behind us here. This particular sofa that I'm sitting on is actually fabricated by a vendor out of Hickory, North Carolina, so it's very close to Asheville. A lot of the fabrics used throughout this house are 100% linen, and then a lot of the wood that is made for the framing of this sofa is FFC certified, meaning that it is produced from wood that is sustainably managed and sustainably harvested. Another thing to be conscious of with fabrics is that they're not putting any kind of toxic repellents on it, stain repellents that can sometimes off gas, and that was another thing that we really trying to incorporate in this house.