Green is where the Heart Is for January 25th, 2017

By / Green Is Where The Heart Is / Wednesday, 25 January 2017 05:00

“What we need to do is really improve energy efficiency standards, develop in full scale renewable and alternative energy and use the one resource we have in abundance, our creativity.” ~Lois Capps

By Mo Linquist
Contributing Writer

Building a house is very time consuming even though I will never pick up a hammer.  My time is spent on decisions regarding the floorplan which designer Scott Sullivan nailed with a little feng shui help from me, details with our builder extraordinaire, Tom Sayre and countless hours finding the best products for the best prices for plumbing, lighting, cabinets and countertops.  Flooring and tile will come next.  Color selection is morphing as we speak.   I stopped in at Spectrum Paint and spoke with Chris.  We will use Benjamin Moore paints and I was thrilled to find out that Ben Moore interior paints no longer contain harmful Volatile Organic Compounds or VOC’s which contribute to inferior indoor air quality.    I will add essential oils to my paint before they are put on the walls.  The choice or blend of oils will create the right ‘vibe’ in the space, not something you would actually smell.
My goal is to build a healthy home.  My goal is to build a happy home.  My goal is to use products that are eco-friendly.  Thanks to one of my clients who recently built a home on the island, we decided to build this home FORTIFIED. According to, “FORTIFIED is a superior building standards program that uses scientific research from the field and at the IBHS Research Center to make residential and commercial construction better withstand severe weather.”  His wind and hail insurance was reduced by 30%.
Next, I want this house to be ‘green.’  Duke Energy offers builders Whole-house Incentives up to $9,000 per home based on the High Efficiency Residential Option (HERO) code. Mark Jabaley of Above and Beyond Energy came to our home, met with us and explained the Home Energy Rating System (HERS.)  A standard home will have a HERS index of 100, meaning that it will use 100% of the energy allowed by the 2006 International Energy Conservation Code.  We are hoping to get a rating around 70%.  If you are building, this may be something you want to consider.  The upfront cost is more but, Duke Energy rebates the outlay.  
Our toilets will be dual flush giving the option of light flush and heavy flush and because Chris Higgins received a washlet bidet seat for Christmas (something her Japanese mother has used for years) I am also going to get one in the master bathroom.  It may use a little more water but the savings will be in not needing toilet paper…..hehehehe.
 Most of the lighting will be LED.  The outside of our home will be graced with HardiePlank, a fiber cement siding that is durable, sustainable and weather, fire and pest resistant.
If you are building a home and would like me to enlighten you to choices you may not know are available, call me.  I have worked in this industry for 30 years and believe my experience and knowledge can save you lots of headaches.  
My desire is not to just make your space look pretty.  My desire is to use your space as a tool to help you achieve a triple bottom line.  I am also available for remodels. I LOVE creating spaces.  Let me help you turn your Ho-Hum into AHA.  xo mo
Kure Beach resident Mo Linquist, Master FSIA, Red Ribbon Professional of IFSG and allied ASID is a recognized expert on Pyramid Feng Shui. She is the “ PersonPlace” design consultant
specializing in soft goods such as fabrics, window treatments, reupholstery, blinds, shutters, feng shui and green healthy living products.  Her design studio is located in Carolina Beach Furniture, 1021 N. Lake Park Blvd, Carolina Beach, NC.   Linquist speaks nationally and holds regular workshops and accredited trainings on this ancient form of environmental psychology.
Helping clients create home and office spaces designed specifically to support their individual goals and intentions, Linquist uses cutting-edge techniques integrating science, 25 years of interior design experience and Feng Shui to balance, harmonize and create new patterns for success.
To learn more about her work or for a consultation, contact her at FaceBook at Mo Linquist Living Solutions or call 910-216-0366 local or 330-904-3636 mobile.


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