Green House Plans: An Impact on the EnvironmentJennifer
July 13, 2012 — 1,147 views
Why build green?
The environment that we build has a tremendous impact on the natural environment that we live in, our health and our economy. Green homes are created to minimize the negative effects of the home on the atmosphere while at the same time increasing the health and well-being of the people who live there. Building green means building a comfortable home that is less expensive to operate, lasts longer than the average home, will use fewer resources, all the while reducing the impact on the environment.
What is green when it comes to your house plans?
A green building, or a green house, is energy efficient. It uses less energy, water, and other resources. Green considers how you use energy, for example, your lights, your mechanical system, your insulation. Green also considers if you have clean energy generation, for example getting energy from solar. There is also consideration of indoor environmental quality, air quality, and day lighting, as well as thermal acoustics.
A green house plan will consider the building materials used as well. A green house plan includes materials that are durable and ensure your home will last and will avoid costly repairs in the future.
Where your home is built compared to other locations such as groceries, transit, daycare, places of worship and infrastructure also impact the level of green. When you build closer to existing community resources you cut down on transit as well as reduce the effect of construction in places that are animal habitats. These things all work in reducing the impact of your home on the environment.
Water is critical and water use in a green house plan can easily be cut by 30% compared to a traditional home. High efficiency faucets and toilets and low water use landscaping measures help to minimize the homes water usage helping in water conservation efforts.
A homes energy use has a large impact on your budget. Save energy by using renewable energy. Renewable energy Lower utility bills reduce dependence on foreign energy and reduce green house gases.
Paints, flooring and other materials in a green home are taken into consideration as well. When the proper materials are used there are fewer toxic fumes in the home and the indoor air quality is improved.
These are just a few of the things to look for in green house plans.
How much is it going to cost?
Building green house plans only costs approximately 2% more than building a traditional home. That percentage is dropping further still as the market accepts new policies and regulatory amendments that will make building green house plans the norm.
Building a green house doesn't mean that you have to compromise on anything. These homes have all of the amenities that a traditional house has. Building green house plans is an investment in your family's future. But, it's not just about the technology that goes into the home, it's also about how we live our lives.