What makes a home "Green" or "Smart"?
This page will go through some of the ideas involving Resource Efficient Homes.
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What is Green Building?
Energy efficiency, health, and comfort all are hallmarks of a green house. Such properties
often are called high performance, eco-friendly or energy efficient homes.
While some homes are certified as green by housing or environmental industry groups, properties don't
necessarily have to carry a label to be considered green. What all such homes have in common is a desire by its owners to live in a property that incorporates systems and features that lower utility bills, improve health and comfort, and minimize the impact on the planet.
For existing homes, there's a vast array of strategies for achieving greater efficiency.
They include small, inexpensive upgrades, like installing low-flow water faucets, energy efficient light
bulbs, and programmable thermostats. In addition, less visible elements, such as efficient
insulation and air sealing, create a more comfortable, less drafty interior environment.
And bigger, more costly projects--high-efficiency furnaces, solar panels, and triple-pane windows,
for example--often provide larger financial and environmental gains.
Newly constructed homes are being built to high standards that embrace green principles. Many
builders now take a scientific, whole-building approach to ensure that a property's design, layout and systems
work in concert to create a functional, comfortable setting that addresses environmental concerns.
When you're looking at a home with green features, here's a short checklist of considerations:
Energy efficiency in home features like appliances, water faucets, lighting, heating,
cooling and water-heating systems. Efficient building envelopes with high-
performance windows and well-insulated walls, floors, and attics. Non-toxic building materials and finishes, such as recycled or renewable woods and low- and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints
and sealants. A landscape featuring native plants that thrive without chemical fertilizers or excessive
watering. Location efficiency, meaning a community where public transportation and the needs of
daily life are accessible without a car.