Going green at home?
In this post we look at what constitutes a green home
Eco-friendly. Energy-efficient. Sustainable. Responsible. Comfortable. Healthy. Economical. Smart. Fun.
“Green Building is a whole-systems approach through design and building techniques to minimize environmental impact and reduce the energy consumption of buildings while contributing to the health of its occupants.”
— City of Scottsdale Green Building Program
Ready to make the move to a green, eco-friendly, sustainable, energy-efficient home? It makes complete sense: Green homes are built using sustainable practices that conserve not only energy, water and other natural resources, but also preserve our environment, strengthen our local economy and promote a better quality of life for those who live there.
Benefits of a Green Home
- Peace of mind – knowing you are contributing to global sustainability rather than global warming
- Healthier for the occupants, the planet and future generations
- Highly desirable from a resale value as demand — and energy costs — grow
- Economical because it saves energy, water and other resources – and money
- Eco-friendly and environmentally responsible thanks to use of resource-efficient and low-impact materials
- Durable, comfortable and low maintenance
- Cheaper to run!
Green Home Features
- Built with local or regional materials such as adobe, block, brick, straw bale or advanced energy-efficient materials (i.e. Integra block or autoclaved aerated concrete)
- Proper orientation, shaded areas and passive solar
- Protected, shaded outdoor spaces to reduce the extreme temperature range between the exterior and interior of the house
- Powered or supported by non-polluting sustainable energy sources including solar hot water, photo voltaics or wind
- Super-tight building envelopes with upgraded insulation and high-performance windows and doors
- Xeriscape (low water use) landscaping plus rainwater collection and storage systems
- Energy Star-rated or better appliances
- HVAC systems: Minimum 13 SEER (Seasonal Energy Efficiency Ratio) rating or better air conditioners utilizing efficient ductwork with adequate returns and filtration plus ceiling fans in all major rooms
- Air source heat pump
- Insulated properly
- Healthy, comfortable indoor air quality and room environments
- Sustainable interior materials (flooring like bamboo, concrete or cork and low VOC paint)
- Water-efficient toilets, low-flow showerheads, graywater recovery systems, hot water recirculation system and other innovations