Sustainable Building – Three Ways to Keep “Green” Homes From Going Gray

No matter how strong its eco-credentials, a “green” building is not truly sustainable unless it is woven into a community fabric that supports sustainable lifestyles. You can have the most environmentally-friendly construction process for the most efficient and healthy home, but if the house is located somewhere that forces occupants to drive for every errand, then you have not created a truly sustainable home. Regardless of how eco-friendly they may feel, denizens of buildings like this cannot avoid adding lots of earth-warming carbon to the atmosphere as part of their daily routine.

Instead, truly green homes are woven into a built environment that supports sustainable living – less driving, less energy consumption, a smaller ecological footprint. Portland’s Urban Growth Boundary helps shape this kind of urban form and context. The UGB refocuses development on the region’s urban core and creates a more compact urban form scaled to people (walking, biking, taking transit) not just cars. This provides Portlanders with green options. We can still drive where we need to go, but there are other good choices for getting around as well.

Now, responsible home builders build with the earth in mind, reclaiming and recycling materials, striving for LEED and Passive House standards, making careful materials choices, etc. But what can we do, as would-be green-dwellers and builders, to ensure that our homes and businesses become part of sustainable patterns of community life?

It is not an easy question. But there are at least three ways we can ensure that green structures do not go gray:

  1. Fill It In.
  2. Infill development maximizes existing infrastructure, supports walkable neighborhoods, and preserves greenfields on the region’s periphery by concentrating development in existing communities. Infill structures built to eco-standards can therefore achieve the more elusive goal of “sustainability”.

  3. Granny Flats.
  4. An Accessory Dwelling Unit can be a converted garage, a basement or attic addition, or a new standalone backyard cottage. These compact living units, complete with kitchen, bath and all living amenities, add a distinct second residential unit to an existing property. Perfect for sustainable, efficient living embedded in community.

  5. Remodel.
  6. That’s right. Following environmentally-responsible remodeling principles, re-purpose that old house to 21-century needs. Existing structures contain tons of embodied energy. By remodeling these homes, we are “upcycling” today’s neighborhoods one house at a time, preserving precious embodied energy and weaving these households into existing neighborhood fabric.

By pursuing these three strategies, we can build sustainable homes that sustain community.

Building Green and How Modular Home Builders Are Helping In the Process

Building your own home is one of life’s great experiences, a true reflection of your taste and personality. Modular home builders are helping new home clients build “green”, which is far healthier for your family, your budget, your neighborhood and the planet. Here is how some modular manufacturers and builders are doing it.

1. With modular home building, approximately 80% of your home is built in a factory, reducing the environmental impact on the environment at your site. Conventional stick-building interrupts the ecosystem for a considerably longer period of time, which will increase disruptive noise, dirt, debris and storm water run-off when compared to modular home building.

2. Because modular homes are built in a closed indoor environment, lumber and other building materials never get wet, mitigating potential mold and mildew problems. This creates a healthy living condition and cleaner non-toxic air in your home for you and your family to breathe.

3. The exactness of the manufacturing technology means building materials are not wasted on site due to faulty workmanship or the inability to accurately measure the exact needs of a project. This means less waste.

4. Recycling is commonplace amongst the modular manufacturing industry. For instance, drywall scraps may be recycled for lime to later be used to support farming.

5. Modular homes are typically manufactured with higher rated insulation materials, using less energy to heat and cool the home.

6. Modular builders are embracing bamboo flooring systems, geothermal energy sources and solar electricity systems, enhancing the inherent energy efficiency promoted by the factory manufacturing process.

7. At least one leading Northeastern modular manufacturer is a plant-certified Energy Star Partner, meaning it can have the modular Energy Star components certified at the factory, eliminating the travel and cost associated with a HERS rating travelling back and forth to the factory during the manufacturing process.

So, if you are building a new home and are interested in applying state of the art building technologies to minimize the environmental impact of your construction and the impact of your carbon footprint over the years of owning and living in your new home, modular building technology may be best for you!

Green Home Helps You To Save Money And Save Environment

A green home gives you peace of mind that you are doing something good for the environment. Many of the traditional methods of building have a large negative impact on our environment. One of the short-term and immediate benefits that can be seen in green building is the amount you save on utility bill and advantage of being able to save environment. This is not only achieved by the construction of building but also can be achieved by replacing old or energy-consuming equipments with new energy star appliances.

The green building is not a new concept or technique but you are using methods that enable you to save energy and prevent loss or wastage. Today energy-efficient appliances are easily available and they are cheaper compare to utility bill or energy saved by them.

You can convert your existing home or building by replacing old or out dated products such as replacing faucets into new fittings that saves water. While buying or shopping home appliance, check for energy star or energy label. This will reveal the amount of energy that the device will consume in a year.

This provides healthy environment for your family and saves our environment. Green building or green gives the aesthetic beauty in their appearance. A green home can increase the energy efficiency as well as reduce conception of water.

You can also take pride in knowing that you and your family support green living by adopting green lifestyles. A traditional home or old building can be easily transformed into a green home by replacing old fixtures which consumes more water and energy. Increasing the efficiency of the power and water you use means that you will use less energy, water and save your money and also saves environment.

Today green home is buzz word and many builders or Construction Company adopts green home or energy conservation methods to lure more customers. There are many reasons to move into a green home and ultimate aim is to achieve green lifestyle by saving energy and water consumption. A simple green home saves 5 to 10 percent utility bill. Replace your old, inefficient appliances with Energy Star qualified appliances and save energy and money. Attract birds with birdhouses, feeders, and natural backyard wildlife habitats to help reduce pests and your home look green home in real sense.