With all efforts in full force for a greener earth, Green Home Building is certainly at the top of the list. I know you all have seen and heard about green homes, but many questions come to mind about what makes these homes the “green” homes they are. What exactly is a green home? What are the components? What should you expect from a green home? What are the trends out there in building a green home?
In thinking of a green home, you must think of how it not only needs to be energy efficient, but also Eco-friendly. There are five key components that make up a green home.
- Conserve natural resources
- Use energy efficiently
- Have improved indoor air quality relative to normal building standards
- Create less waste to build and live relative to normal building standards
- Be part of a livable community
In getting started on a green home, you must keep the three “R”s in mind; reduce, reuse, and recycle. You will want to reduce the amount of items you will be putting into your home. Also, think of all the used materials that can be used to build the home. Reusing something, will prolong its life and keep it out of a landfill.
With recycling you can reduce the need to grow or extract raw materials. Start developing ideas as to what you would want your home to look like. It is best if you find a contractor you like, and a builder that specifically knows green. Once you have a blue print, you can get to work.
One major component of a green home is solar paneling. In looking at solar panels make sure to pin point what size and wattage you will need. Figure out what your energy requirements will be. You can talk to the utility company about estimates for that size of a house. You can continue on your green home adventure, by locating used materials to use in walls and floors.
To paint the walls and parts of your green home you could look into all the water based paints that are on the market.
Just go and research the “green” trends out there
A few green home building trends are; multifamily green homes, energy tracking devices such as the Nest learning thermometer, and using “grid-aware” appliances. You may wonder what “grid-aware” appliances are. These appliances have the ability to monitor and report energy usage and therefore can increase or decrease energy according to the energy need. Just think appliances are a huge percent of energy used in a home. If that was cut in half, that would be a lot of money saved. Also, if you did not already know, unlike our non-green home market, the green home market is booming. It’s booming for the builders, contractors, and most importantly the homeowners!
Last, but, certainly not least, just imagine the good you would be doing for the environment and yourself. Healthier more efficient living leaves a better impact on you as well as our diminishing environment.
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