Green homes have a number of features that make them energy efficient. Many owners feel good about green construction because they have a smaller carbon footprint than those constructing traditional houses.
Conventional construction will not produce the same interior environment present in green homes. In general, people living in environmentally friendly domiciles experience better air quality. This occurs for a number of reasons.
– Moisture and mold problems are common with standard houses. However, proper sealing and ventilation in green homes prevent moisture from developing. If moisture does occur, drying is swift due to effective ventilation techniques. Environmentally conscious design focuses on building methods that combine barriers and insulation into one effective material instead of a multitude of layers that could cause problems.
– Radon mitigation systems installed in these residences prevents radon gas from accumulating in the soil around the structure. An absence of radon gas is healthier because radon gas is associated with the development of lung cancer.
– Construction products that do not emit volatile organic compounds help create a healthier environment inside the house. These products include paint, adhesives, and cleaners. VOCs have been linked to headaches, nausea and vomiting, eye and throat irritation, and asthma symptoms.
Durability of Resources
The crux of sustainability is designing things and using materials that will last as long as possible. With this purpose in mind, sustainable building materials are designed to last as long as possible with minimum maintenance. The materials used to build these types of houses are exceptionally durable. Homeowners typically expend less time and energy maintaining their residences. This also translates into less money spent in common maintenance. Replacements won’t be necessary as often with an environmentally friendly structure. Roofing materials last longer, which means that warranties tend to last for as long as 50 years on a project. Recycled materials usually last much longer than conventional ones because they generally aren’t painted or treated. Pests such as termites are not attracted to some of the materials used in these houses, including western red cedar, redwood, and black locust.
Quicker Return on Investment
Saving money on both construction and ongoing expenses generally means that homeowners will see a faster return on investment. Heating and cooling bills will be lower, which saves money in the long run. Energy bills are less expensive because of the tighter construction seals, properly sized HVAC systems to match the square footage of the residence, and better framing techniques that allow the use of more insulation between studs. Green homes also use less water, which saves money. High-efficiency appliances and more efficient plumbing systems contribute to less water and lower expenses. Better landscaping techniques also require less water to maintain outdoor areas.
Positive Impact on the Earth
Using less energy and renewable forms of energy is better for the Earth. These features involve less reliance on fossil fuels and more use of renewable types of energy such as water, solar, and wind. Even the construction process involved in building these homes is less damaging to the environment. The use of recycled materials in construction also has a far-reaching impact on the environment because of the lower emissions involved in manufacturing the materials.
Lessen your impact on the environment by investing in a green home.