Home construction and renovation has been becoming greener and healthier for many years. President George H.W. Bush signed into law the Energy Policy Act of 1992, which, in part, made low-flow toilets mandatory in new construction of homes and businesses. Today, it is nearly impossible to buy a toilet that is not a low-flow toilet. That was only the beginning. Eco-conscious, earth-friendly building practices have continued to evolve since then. Today’s green builders use recycled materials, new technology that makes your home healthier and safer for you and your family. Water collection and recycling, sustainable locations and building practices, recycled and even upcycled materials, combined with the talents of a designer and a builder, will create a home you can be very happy living in for many years. Your new home will be as green as you wish, be safe for area wildlife and plant life, conserve water, urban or suburban space, and energy. In 1994, the low-flow toilet was always spoken of in just that way. A low-flow toilet was always specified as such- now all the toilets you see in builder’s supply or home-improvements stores are low-flow toilets. Partly this is due to the Energy Policy Act, and partly this is due to the fact that manufacturers and builders know that saving water is better for the environment, and has the added benefit of saving you money on your water usage and your sewage bills. Solar panels, spray on, non-toxic insulation, and water collection and recycling systems will save you money, also. Fifteen years from now, home construction will not be “green” or “traditional”. All homebuilding and renovation projects will be green, so there will be no need to discern between a green builder or a traditional builder. When it comes to home construction, the times are a-changing- but they are changing for the better.