Did you know that if you build a custom home, you could boost your house’s energy efficiency by 17%? This is because newer homes follow current building codes that have now become more eco-friendly.
In recent years, there has been much talk about global warming and the increase of pollution into the atmosphere. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency claims that the changes in climate are due to the burning of fossil fuels, such as gas and oil. These are what often give our homes energy, and lead to carbon dioxide emissions, which is also considered a greenhouse gas. As these gases enter the atmosphere, they start to affect the climate.
This is critical for Americans to understand, because residential homes in the U.S. account for about 20% of these emissions, and buildings, about 38%.
Consequently, by considering custom homes plans that include green homes designs, you could be saving yourself and the environment from harmful atmospheric gas. You will also save money.
Here are a few things you can add into your custom homes plans to make your house eco-friendly.
When you build your kitchen, keep in mind that it is a high area of traffic, so finding durable materials will be essential. In terms of appliances, the EPA estimates that the U.S. could save about $18 billion annually if every U.S. home was fitted with a water-efficient appliance. So, you should be looking for appliances that have an ENERGY STAR® sticker on them. This confirms that the product will minimize water and energy usage.
According to the EPA, toilets use up most of the water in a house, consuming about 30% of all home water usage. While more traditional toilets often guzzle 3.5 gallons for each flush, newer composting toilets decrease water consumption significantly, reducing water usage by 20% to 60%. You can also purchase water-efficient shower heads and faucets that cut down the amount of unnecessary water being used.
Heating and Cooling
The U.S. Energy Information Administration reports that more than half of the average U.S. home’s energy bill is devoured by heating and cooling. Once again, consider installing a unit that has an ENERGY STAR® label will give you the best chance at reducing your heating and cooling costs by up to 30%.
Because of the energy and cost savings that green-built homes offer, research predicts that over the next five years, there will be a 900% increase in demand for these types of homes. With green homes plans, you may have to shell out a few more dollars than you expected, but it will save you money in the long run.
We are approaching the finish line at our sustainable, energy efficient custom home in Olivette – the most customized project of which we’ve ever been a part. Every nook and cranny has a little something special….and it is super energy effecient too! Stay tuned for final images after completion.
Project Type New Green Construction 2 Bedrooms, 3.5 Baths Green Rating Energy Star + Indoor Air Plus Description 2,770 S/F Single Family New Construction w/ 2 Car Garage
GREEN FEATURES Salvaging Demolition Process | Structural Insulated Panel (S.I.P.) Exterior Wall Construction | Superior Wall Foundation | Pre-wired for Solar Array | Geo Thermal Heating & Cooling | Sealed Ductwork | Coated Metal Roofing | Energy Star Rated Windows + Doors | Pre-Cut Interior Walls | Energy Star Light Fixtures | Energy Star Appliances | Low V.O.C. Paints | Recycled Content Tile | Low Flow Plumbing Fixtures | Pre-wire for Electric Vehicles | Universal Design | Native Landscaping…and much more.