Building New or Renovating Your Existing Home? Why Green Construction is a Win-Win
Whether you’re planning to build a new home, or renovate the home you have now, green building/construction is as beneficial to you and your family as it is for the planet.
If You Care About Durability, Build Green!
Imagine a home with a roof whose is life-expectancy is 50 years. Or how about a deck that lasts up to 5 times longer than a traditional wood deck and never needs staining or waterproofing? Many of today’s green roofing and decking materials can actually promise those kinds of benefits and back up their claims with warranties to boot! New building techniques that focus on separating all exterior wood-to concrete connections with metal or plastic fasteners, and/or dividers make it harder for pests like termites to infiltrate and damage your home’s structure. Outdoor trim that’s made of composites instead of wood means eliminating dry rot and painting. And these are just some of the green building techniques that are making life easier for homeowners by reducing home maintenance chores, and by extension, home expenditures.
If You’d Like to Save on Energy Costs, Build Green!
Saving energy is the hallmark of a green-built home. Not only will things like a tighter thermal building envelope, energy-efficient windows and better ways to insulate save you money, they’ll also work in concert to make you and your family more comfortable. With a high-quality thermal envelope at play, your home’s HVAC system can be smaller and still work efficiently while saving you money both in up-front and operating costs.
If You Care About Your Indoor Air Quality, Build Green!
On average, people living in industrialized countries spend about 90% of their time indoors breathing in things like dust and chemical vapors from synthetic furnishings, paints, mold and other airborne contaminants.
Green buildings reduce indoor air quality problems by providing good ventilation that allows fresh air to flow through your home, utilizing exhaust systems for radon gas, avoiding wood products containing formaldehyde and sealing those which do use it, using low or no-VOC interior paint, solvent-free finishes, and solvent-free construction adhesives.
If You Want to Stay Ahead of the Curve, Build Green!
Sooner or later, green building practices will become the norm. It’s already happening. It has to, because our planet simply can’t sustain itself by continuing the wasteful, environmentally unsustainable practices of the past. By constructing or renovating your home using green building materials and practices, you’ll be ahead of the crowd, reaping the many benefits offered by green building and doing your part to help the environment. It truly is a win-win situation for everyone!