Our home is where we spend a lot of our time. So the importance of a healthy home is a big one. You may want it to be high on your list of musts. Buying, renovating, or building a green featured home is one of the ways we can work towards making our homes healthier. So what is a green home?
What is a green home?
A green home is defined: as a house that is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, focusing maximum efficiency. To understand a high-efficient home we need to understand things like the energy consumption, water usage, and building materials.
Knowing what green materials are and what they are used for is important for understanding what makes a green home. Materials such as recycled glass counter tops, cork flooring, re-purposed wood, and eco-friendly products can look good and help you feel better about your ecological footprint but green objections still arise. Do you believe in the value of a green home and are you educated on what really makes a home green? Understanding green homes requires that we look a little deeper.
Most often, when people, buy or build a new home, they don’t think about the operating costs associated with the home. In a green home there are features that reduce operating costs. Automated climate control, better insulation, and energy saving systems are to name a few. Certified green builders will be happy to discuss these options with you.
Electrical efficiency can be managed in several ways. LED lighting installed with timers, motion sensors with the possibility of the entire house being on a home automation system. A home built green should save a minimum of 10% in annual utility bills compared to a standard built-to-code home.
Water efficiency is also important. Features can include water-saving toilets and low-flow showers and faucets.
Did you know that the new homes built today will last for at least 100 years! Green homes are built to ensure they don’t need substantial renovation every few years. Renovating is costly and has an adverse effect on the environment. Durability features can include, engineered lumber and 30 year shingles. Ask your builder about these building options.
At some point when you will want to sell your home, a green home helps! A prospective buyer will be pleased with the homes energy efficiency, durability and comfort.
The benefit of an energy efficient home is comfort. These energy efficient homes have a more consistent temperature variation from room to room. They have fewer drafts due to their airtight design. It is far more comfortable sitting in a room without a chilly draft blowing by. Superior energy efficiency can come from the use of triple paned windows, offering a substantial sound reduction from exterior sounds. Don’t be alarmed – these homes are well ventilated and breathe.
A green home is defined as a house that is designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable, focusing maximum efficiency.
Healthy home = healthy environment
Your green home will produce less Green House Gas emissions, using methods and systems to minimize the waste produced from your home. These are healthier for the environment which in turn means a healthier family and neighbourhood! Proper ventilation will remove some of the unwanted VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds), but in a green home the idea is to build without VOCs in the first place. Low or Zero VOC paints, low or formaldehyde free building materials and third party certified floor coverings all contribute to a healthier indoor environment. Choosing healthier materials, and ensuring a well ventilated home, creates an environment that causes less stress to your families respiratory and immune systems.
Advancement in green technology
Living in an age of consequence is an enormous amount of responsibility for everyone, whether you are a real estate agent, homebuilder, buyer or seller. Staying abreast of advancements in green living, new technology and educating yourselves in ways you can protect the environment will only add to the health of our families.
We hope to have answered your question – what is a green home? Do you want to learn more about how to redefine your relationship with the natural resources we rely upon, restorative design, or how to be better equipped on the wellbeing and effects your home has on you and those around you?