Everyone talks about it. Everyone seems to want it. But, how do you get it? While green building has not yet hit its stride, there’s no question it’s a “top of mind” concept whose time has come.
We want to build efficient, earth-friendly dwellings to live in. We are striving to convert our existing homes too. The question is, what do we focus on to actually accomplish this goal when creating our dream home vision? This article will outline for you seven of the most important attributes of a highly efficient and green home. Specifically, we’ll outline the most important things to do when designing your home.
THE SEVEN ATTRIBUTES OF YOUR GREEN HOME
Look to incorporate as many of the following earth-friendly and economically sound systems in your home building or major home improvement. They’ll benefit รับสร้างบ้านราชบุรี you as well as the environment.
1) The Home’s Footprint and Orientation to Sun and Weather
By “footprint” we mean the actual amount of direct impact on the ground. Minimize the displacement of soil, the amount of ground covered, and be a careful steward of the land around your home. By “orientation” we mean that you should maximize the value of the sun’s natural warming power and minimize the effects of storms and cold by positioning and designing your house well.
2) Sustainability and Energy Efficient Climate Control
Briefly stated, sustainability is the practice of balancing your needs with the need to support the environment. One system in your home that has a big impact on this is the heating and air conditioning. Use a high efficiency system and consider using geo-thermal and other more naturally produced sources of energy where possible.
3) Properly Manufactured Building Materials
Use building materials that are produced with the least impact on the environment. This can mean that they are made of materials that are easily replaced, re-grown, and repurposed. Also, it is wise to find materials that don’t add to the earth’s pollution when they are manufactured or when they are disposed of.
4) Creation of a Healthful Environment Inside the Home
A green home is a healthy home. Take the time to research and make certain that materials used such as carpets, paint, manufactured wood products, insulation, and other items do not emit toxins into your home. Also, make sure the home is properly ventilated.
5) The Home’s Envelope – The Walls, Windows, Insulation
The exterior of your home is your protection from the elements and is ultimately what makes your home comfortable and safe. To achieve the best “envelope” you want a good exterior wall system, good insulation, and excellent windows. You can use dual and triple pane windows but you must also study their efficiency, have proper tinting, and be aware of their sizes and locations. Wall systems can vary significantly between SIP panels, ICF (foam blocks), stick built and more.
6) Energy Efficient Appliances and Lights
Everyone knows about Energy Star appliances. This designation covers more than just appliances and can apply to your light bulbs as well. The goal is to reduce the energy needed to power your systems in the home. Thinking “energy star” might just help you think energy efficiency in all your power uses.
7) Gray Water and Water Usage
Low flow showers and toilets are common. Now, more people are thinking about the reuse of water around the home. Gray water is the term used for the “clean wastewater” in your home. Between the reuse of the gray water and the limited use of fresh water, you can limit the amount of water that flows into and out of your home.