Homebuyers are increasingly demanding green homes, but what are they? Green home building is building houses that are resource-efficient and environmentally responsible. However, what makes a home green does not have universal agreement.
The United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) states, “Green building means improving the way that homes and homebuilding sites use energy, water, and materials to reduce impacts on human health and the environment. Building a green home means making environmentally-preferable and sustainable decisions throughout the building process-decisions that will minimize the environmental impact of the home while it is being built and over the many years it will be lived in.”
The main focus is with energy efficiency. In many instances, the energy used within a home comes from burning fossil fuels, releasing carbon and other greenhouse gasses into the atmosphere. This pollution affects air quality, is the cause of acid rain, and contributes to climate change.
When you find an ENERGY STAR certified home, it means the builder has met the very strict guidelines set by the EPA. These homes not only help protect the environment, they also have better indoor air quality and will save you money on utility bills. Some of the characteristics of an ENERGY STAR certified home are:
- Superior insulation,
- High-performance windows,
- Ultraefficient air ducts,
- Energy Efficient heating and air, and
- ENERGY STAR certified appliances and lighting.
The benefit many home buyers focus on is saving money. However, green homes tend to naturally stay cooler in the summer and warmer in the winter. A green home is a more comfortable home.
Caldwell and Johnson Custom Builders is an ENERGY STAR Partner and Certified Green Professional. If you would like to talk more about what to look for with green home building, or need more information, please contact us.