A "Green" designed house can respond to the serious problem of growing landfills, dwindling natural resources and global warming. Aiassa Designers creates solutions for your house to achieve maximum harmony with the environment. This is achieved through thoughtful planning with respect to site orientation, consideration of heat gain and loss, selection of eco-friendly and safe building materials, energy saving appliances and incorporating alternative energy sources. We create efficient and flexible floor plans which can accommodate a variety of functions for an easy, low maintenance lifestyle which also helps to minimize our negative impact on the environment.

Green Building:
Use zero or low VOC (volatile organic compound) paints. Regular paints emit fumes which are toxic to human health and are ozone depleting. These are available through manufacturers such as Sherwin Williams, Kelly Moore, Benjamin Moore.

Do not dump left over paints, cleaning solutions, chemicals or motor oil in a household or storm drain. Do not pour on the soil or in the trash. These products have hazardous chemicals which contaminate the watershed when poured down a drain and contaminate our water when poured on soil. Dispose of at local hazardous waste drop off centers. Find more information from your city/ county waste management department. Use latex based paints. Paint brushes of latex paints can be washed in sinks in the house.

If remodeling; old carpets, windows, bathroom fixtures, and cabinets can be donated instead of disposing off in a landfill. Items can be listed on websites such as craigslist.org Notify the contractor to carefully remove old building materials rather than demolish, so it could be salvaged for reuse. Use compact fluorescent bulbs or LED bulbs instead of incandescent bulbs. Several attractive fluorescent light fixtures are now available which accept pin type fluorescent bulbs. Consider planting drought resistant plants instead of lawns to conserve water. Use mulch, pebbles or decorative glass pieces at base of plant to retain moisture in soil. Visit www.stopwaste.org for a list of Bay friendly plants which require minimal water and maintenance.

For outdoor paving surfaces, use permeable pavers or pavers laid in sand over a compacted sub base. This allows rainwater to naturally infiltrate the ground and replenish groundwater reserves.