A green building is good for your health, your pocketbook and the earth. It is energy and water efficient, sited to take advantage of existing trees and transportation options, and uses materials that are recycled, recyclable and non-toxic.
Why go green?
Green homes provide substantial savings in utility and maintenance costs and are more comfortable to live in. They are much less harmful to the environment than the average house.
What components comprise a Green Building?
There are five basic components to be considered in the design and construction of a green building:
Materials are valued for durability, local origins, and minimal environmental impact during manufacture and reusability.
Site Development includes the initial decisions about locating near amenities or bus stops and how to obtain maximum solar and shade benefits and minimum land disturbance and erosion.
Water Conservation must be employed both indoors and out with measures such ranging from low-flow shower heads and water saving washers to xeriscaping and rainwater catchment.
Energy Conservation can provide the greatest savings through measures such as passive solar design, well-insulated walls and roof, efficient air conditioners, appliances and lighting and the use of renewable energy.
Health is enhanced in green homes due to proper air flow, reducing particulate matter, and reducing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and other toxic compounds in building materials such as paints, adhesives, cabinetry, pest control and floor coverings.