What is Building Green?
Building green is a lifestyle choice that can help you save money, live a more healthier and comfortable life, while at the same time preserving the environment in which we live. It means being conscientious with energy conservation for now and future generations. Typically a green home can be 20-30% more energy efficient than a non-green home which can result in lower utility bills. One of the good things about building green is that it is not an “all or nothing” proposition. There are many levels of green building. Your home investment must be taken into consideration when determining how green to go. Better energy efficiency provides long term savings for the homeowner. There are 5 areas to Green Building which are:
- Energy Efficiency improvements such as high levels of insulation, efficient HVAC systems, high-performance windows, and energy efficient appliances and lighting.
- Water Conservation such as water-efficient appliances and fixtures, filtration systems, and drought resistant or low-maintenance landscaping.
- Resource Conservation using materials and techniques such as engineered wood and wood alternatives, recycled building materials, sustainably harvested lumber, and more durable products.
- Indoor environmental quality considerations such as effective HVAC equipment, formaldehyde-free finishes, low-allergen materials, and products with minimum off-gassing or low volatile organic compounds (VOCs).
- Site design planning such as minimizing disruption, preserving open space, and considering the direction of sunlight and wind.