“A green building, also known as a sustainable building, is a structure that is designed, built, renovated, operated, or reused in an ecological and resource-efficient manner. Green buildings are designed to meet certain objectives such as protecting occupant health, using energy, water, and other resources more efficiently, and reducing the overall impact to the environment.” Green Homes NorthEast You might be wondering if you should adapt or build your home with sustainable energy technology. We hope you come to find that it is actually easier than you may think.
The scope of work can range from small measures taken in your current home to designing a new home incorporating all of the newest technologies. Steps can be taken today to reduce your carbon footprint such as utilizing more energy efficient appliances, sealing pipes and ducts, and using energy efficient lighting products, to mention a few. Actually, you might have green components to your home already without realizing it. For instance, many green products were developed to function better than their conventional counterparts and came into use in the mainstream marketplace without any of the attached green labels.
Many different components are incorporated to create a home that is healthy for its occupants and the environment and provides cost savings. These different techniques and technologies help lower operating costs, reduce maintenance issues, increase home value, and improve environmental quality. The use of these different products and practices should not be done in isolation and need to be integrated. A green product may not provide environmental benefits if used differently than is intended but a material can be used, that itself is not green, in a manner that helps make the house more environmentally responsible.
The relationship among the various components of green building, and how they need to be prioritized, will vary from site to site. The design process can help you to decide which components would be most appropriate for you. Factors to consider in deciding can include durability, attractiveness, healthy indoor environment, building envelope and energy efficiency, thinking local, energy production, and green finish materials. Prioritizing this can be a very personal thing and ensures that the building is designed in an integrated system that works for all.
The building industry will soon be mandated by law to augment new minimum green requirements to any new construction and renovation. State governments are creating tax incentives and rebates in order to encourage this initiative towards increased sustainable design and construction.
When deciding what green technology is right for you and your home it is important to assess your goals, calculate in the future savings, and look to the health benefits for your family and the environment. We think you will find that the benefits will outweigh the initial costs. Even the simplest effort can make a big difference; anything you do is a step in the right direction