Thinking about building a new home for yourself? More importantly, building a home that is green? Ecofriendly homes are the way to go in this fast changing world. You may be asking yourself, what are the advantages of building ecofriendly?
The goal to building green is to optimize the performance of your home. This will ensure that you and your family enjoy the greatest comfort, health, safety, and well-being while using the least about of limited resources that the earth has to offer. This is a win-win situation!
Here is some more good news, there is no one way to building a green home. It simply comes down to a systematic approach to maximize the efficiency of your home, while minimizing its impact on the environment. Sounds easy right?
Let me throw this analogy at you. Think of your house as a system, like a body for example. A body requires energy to do everyday tasks. It breaths and requires maintenance to stay healthy. If you give the body the proper fuel and exercise it runs much more efficiently. Often, that requires knowledge, planning and effort. Green building is very similar to this. Efficient building strategies assure the various systems and structure of your home perform at a high level while using the least amount of fuel and resources possible.
Have a look at some of the features of a green home:
Energy efficient- provides enhanced home owner comfort and lower utility bills
- Higher R-value insulation
- Insulated doors
- Low-e, dual pane vinyl windows
- Maximized natural lighting
Water efficient- results in lower water and sewer bills
- Low flush or dual flush toilets
- Low-flow shower heads
- Rain water catchment
Good indoor air quality- a healthy environment to live in
- Controlled fresh air ventilation
- Low VOC building materials and sealants
- Less toxic floor coverings
Durable/Sustainable- a long-lasing, resource efficient, low maintenance home
- Fiber cement siding- reduced maintenance and demand on forest products
- Recycled building materials
- Factory-built efficiencies ensure reduced building waste and maximized recycling
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