A home that is built and operated using sound environmental practices is considered a “green home” We are hearing more and more on the topic of climate change on a daily basis and it is becoming obvious that each one of us should do our part to reduce the impact that we have on our planet.
“Going green” is the simplest way to accomplish this, and your home is the obvious place to start . When you make the decision to build a new home, you are given a great opportunity to think ‘green.
The Internet is a wonderful source of information. It will give you a vast array of items that you can use for your kitchen and bath that will help the construction of your home from an environmentally friendly perspective. In fact, you will find environmentally friendly products that cover the entire building process. Green products from carpets to paints and plumbing fixtures are obtainable to add to the decor of your home,
The choice of building a “green home” is not made just because it is the environmentally friendly way to go. In actuality you will have a much healthier home for you and your family and the cost to operate the home will be considerably less than traditional homes.
If you are considering building a new home, you should think environmental and the use of renewable resources should be a high priority in your mind. The use of materials such as lightweight concrete, straw, timber or readily available earth to build the home should all be investigated. Each one of these building resources has distinct advantages and disadvantages, but none should be ruled out without thorough research.
If you are fortunate to be in a climate that would make an earthen building practical, what better choice do you have than to build a home from the very dirt below your feet? This proved practical for millions of years for a very good reason.
Another viable option for a green building material that has been used in the United States for more than fifty years is lightweight concrete. Although this type of concrete is not as strong, it will hold up to the weather and will perform as well as traditional concrete. This type of lightweight concrete is often used as insulation for the home, and has outstanding fire retardant properties. In addition, lightweight concrete has an additional benefit that it doesn’t need as large a foundation and less reinforced structural steel is needed.
There is a trend now days towards the use of manufactured building materials. Individuals who are concerned about the environment, but are not quite ready for an earthen home are choosing this option. The use of manufactured materials results in a home that is more in harmony with the environment.
Wood remains an particularly versatile building material and is readily available. However, Environmentally speaking though, wood was once considered a sustainable resource for construction, but over harvesting of our forests throughout the world, has grow to be a serious environmental concern. Our greed for lumber has far outpaced our ability to regrow our forests. If you are considering wood to build your home, choosing woods that are from environmentally friendly sources should be considered..
Green Home Styles
When choosing a design for your green home, there are many styles you can decide on. Obviously, you can choose a traditional design or even consider rounded styles, earthen homes or even organic designs. The possibilities are endless.
Traditional homes are the designs we are, for the most part, familiar with, and usually fit into our impression of what a home should look like. There are many traditional designs to pick from such as contemporary, Victorian, bungalow, ranch homes and more.
A rounded home helps the owner be more in harmony with the environment and in many parts of the country this type of construction is being seriously considered for it’s hurricane resistant design. Rounded homes are considered to be very environmentally friendly.
Earthen homes are built either entirely underground, or only partially into the earth. When these homes are built at least six feet under the surface, the home will have a stabilized temperature, and will only fluctuate about six degrees. This bit of information is significant because it takes much less energy to heat and cool this type of home. That not only saves the homeowner money, but saves our precious resources as well.
Green buildings are a wave of the future. We should be considering our environment as a natural resource, and if we plan on passing a healthy environment on to our children and grandchildren, we need to “think green” right now.