What do you need to know about Green Homes?

The idea of green homes has tremendously increased in the recent past. But what does this mean? Does it mean LEED? Is it referring to a specific color? What do green home builders do to make these housing projects different? Read on to find out.

A ‘green home’ refers to an ecologically friendly building. It is a house that is built in a manner that respects the environment. Its contribution to the environment is positive, or at least has a very limited negative impact. Now, most of you would wonder that there would be a distinct element that makes a home green. However, that is not true. There is no single standard to recognize the home as green. A home can be called truly green if its design is appropriately laid out like that by a green home architect at the time of construction.

Preserving the Planet

One of the major reasons for a concept like green home to have emerged is the preservation of the planet. Nonetheless, it doesn’t stop here. Green homes also bring with it financial reasons and advantages. Most green construction methods are cost-effective and help construction companies save money. This thereby helps homeowners save money when they purchase and shift into their new homes. The advantages enjoyed by contractors include recycling certain materials and minimizing construction waste. Sourcing resources like materials and labor from local vendors further helps to reduce pollution.

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Green home builders use construction methods that help to save thousands of gallons of water per year and also lessen gas and power bills by as much as 30%.

How do you know if a home is green?

Established organizations evaluate and analyze building projects before certification is provided to recognize if the homes are environmentally friendly. Our green home architects know the protocol and reach out to the appropriate authorities for assistance:

LEED: A certification from Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design is valid internationally.
The Energy Star ratings used on appliances is another way to understand the environment friendliness of homes. Ratings are also provided for construction components like windows. The Energy Star system originated in America but has now been adopted by Europe, Canada, Japan, Taiwan, New Zealand, and Australia as well.
Air Plus ratings to certify the quality of indoor air. The quality of indoor air is an important determinant to recognize a premise as green. These ratings are defined by the EPA. They determine moisture control and ventilation, reduction of mold and exposure to chemicals, more pollutants, and combustion gases.
WaterSense ratings enable green home architects to include high water efficiency products as part of the project. They also guide the choice of homebuyers.

When constructing a new green home, the green home builder must consider various aspects - right from the roof to the foundation and everything in between - electrical wiring, indoor air quality, and cost-effectiveness. The existing ecosystem must not be disturbed and efforts must be made to reduce footprint.