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Keep It Green: Everything You Need to Know About Green Construction

Did you know that the green building market is estimated to reach nearly $100 billion dollars by 2023? Green construction has grown from the fringe to a major portion of the construction market in the past few decades. Read on to learn more about this emerging industry and why it might be right for you.

What Is Green Construction and Why Is It Important?

Green construction is geared toward providing a finished product that leaves a minimal environmental footprint by making efficient use of building materials and natural resources. It also incorporates new technologies for improved monitoring and delivery.

The focus on global warming has accelerated the interest in green construction. Additionally, some states and federal agencies offer benefits, such as tax credits, for using environmentally-friendly methods.

 

Energy Efficient Buildings

Energy efficiency is a staple in the construction of green homes and other buildings. One major way to do this is with renewable energy. Installing solar panels for use in heating reduces the need for energy from fossil fuels.

In addition to solar power, wind energy is starting to get more usage. Smaller wind turbines allow for placement in homes and on top of buildings to help reduce fossil fuel usage.

One of the green design trends is constructing homes and buildings that are zero energy. These buildings only consume the same amount of energy that is produced onsite, not impacting the power grid.

Environmentally Friendly Construction

A major factor in green design is the construction material, such as the type of wood used on flooring. Bamboo wood is more efficient because they grow faster than other trees. Cork is another sustainable type of wood where the tree isn’t harmed during harvesting.

The use of biodegradable or recycled materials is growing. Hemp has become popular as both a building and insulation material. Other materials, like steel, can be recovered from past projects recycled.

Another form of environmentally friendly construction is simply the layout of the home. Designing a home with an open layout that encourages good air circulation and has windows that take advantage of natural light are both good energy-saving measures.

Smart Appliances and Water Management

Smart appliances which can monitor their energy consumption can save on both energy and your electric bill. While these appliances may have a higher upfront cost than their traditional counterparts, they can make up the initial difference with energy savings. Some examples of smart appliances are dishwashers and refrigerators.

Water conservation through low-flow toilets and showerheads is another great idea. As toilets are a major source of a home’s water usage, some efficient models can save thousands of gallons a year. Energy-efficient water pumps, which use a combination of ambient heat and electricity, are also available.

Start Your Custom Green Home Today

Now that you know what green construction is, why it’s important, and what makes a home or building efficient, what are you waiting for? Green home designers are available to help you design the custom and eco-friendly house of your dreams. Contact us to get started!