Green Homes And Home Builders

Going green is not just for extreme environmentalists anymore. Many home owners are beginning to make the decision to build an energy efficient house or make adjustments to their existing houses. The decision to build green is becoming easier and much less costly than before. With the popularity of environmentally friendly living, home builders are quickly changing or adding options to their services and products to accommodate this new trend.

Some home manufacturers are constructing energy efficient houses in factories and trucking them into subdivisions and home sites. These factory built houses use 50 to 70 percent less waste than houses built on site. In addition, the homes normally take less time to construct and are sheltered from things like rain, wind and mold during the construction process.

These green homes are offered at about the same cost of a traditional house making them cost effective to purchase and maintain. When offered a choice of a traditional house, or an energy efficient house for about the same price, most home owners will opt for the greener home. The energy savings alone can add up to about 30% over a traditional house. This helps with the environment and keeps money in the pockets of the home owner.

Environmentally friendly homes are built while conserving natural resources. For example, bamboo is a popular wood to use in green homes because it is an abundant resource and grows more quickly than most other woods. Green homes are built to be energy and water efficient. Indoor air quality is also taken into consideration when constructing a more proficient home.

More than just a fad, green homes and the environmentally conscious lifestyle look to be around for a long time. Having a green home is more than doing something good for the environment, it means you are saving money and living in a healthy home. Houses built with higher environmental standards help house owners save money, energy, water and our Earth.

Building a Green Home That Stacks Up to the Competition

Green… Sustainable… Net Zero Home… Low Impact Building…Energy Star… NC Healthy Built Home… LEED

We seem to be inundated with so much “green” lingo these days, it becomes difficult to know what is legitimate and what isn’t. At a recent “Designing for Impact” lecture, Melanie Moeller, with The Boggs Collective, defined sustainability as “the capacity to endure.” Simple and straightforward, this definition really sums it up.

Often for clients considering “green” home design, the process of reducing one’s carbon footprint while maintaining aesthetics, can seem overwhelming. Understanding the basics is essential, so you can make educated decisions about your own project that based upon your needs and criteria.

There are many online resources which outline the basics of green building. Green building and design is becoming more the norm as homeowners realize the substantial benefits associated with eco-friendly design.

Green homes are rated according to the HERS Index, a scoring system established by the Residential Energy Services Network (RESNET). A green home’s HERS Index is obtained through an in-depth on-site inspection and analysis of your home by a RESNET rater. The reference score is 100, where more energy efficient homes score lower and those that consume more energy score above 100. You can find HERS Index Charts online to show the scoring scale.

If you are looking for ways to lower your home’s energy consumption consider any of the following “green” building ideas. And when building your own “green” home, consider working with an architect experienced in green design. There are many ways to save “green” when going “green.” It’s important to fully research all the products available in home design to make your dwelling as eco-friendly as your heart desires.

Here are some products/techniques to consider when looking to build or renovate your home with “green” in mind:

  • Recycled Products: Recycled decking, counter tops, tiles, carpets & rugs; renewable wood & engineered wood for flooring and construction materials
  • Spray Foam Insulation: Stops air and moisture infiltration
  • Efficient Heating/Water Solutions: Examples include gas fired on-demand water heaters, geothermal heat pump, programmable thermostats
  • Solar Harvesting: Solar Panels, Solatube & SolarStar skylights
  • Energy Star Appliances
  • Efficient Plumbing Fixtures: Low flow toilets, faucets & shower heads
  • Lighting: Energy efficient compact fluorescent and LED light bulbs, dimmer switches
  • Water Harvesting/Saving: Rainwater harvesting barrels and cisterns
  • Sealed Ducts & Air Infiltration System: Ensure appropriated flow of air and prevent leakage
  • Efficient Windows & Doors: Filter heat from sun, and decrease leakiness of house
  • Waterproofing: Foundation waterproofing systems with drainage mats, Good quality flashing around windows and doors to prevent moisture leakage
  • Eliminate Site Waste: Pre-cut studs and other materials cut down waste to landfill
  • Adhesives, Paints & Sealants: Low VOC, plus additives that resist mold growth
  • Roof Shingles: Shingles with Solar Reflective Index (SRI)
  • Use Products from Local Suppliers: Local stones, tiles, flooring, etc.
  • Water Efficiency in Landscaping: Native and drought resistant plants & efficient irrigation system
  • Central Vac System: To control dirt/pollutants in the home

6 Reasons To Build A Green Home

We hear buzz words like “going green” all the time. When you log into your online banking institution or pay any number of bills, you’re confronted with the “Go Green” prompt, asking you to reduce your monthly consumption of paper and fuel. We see energy-efficient cars zipping around in traffic. You go to the grocery store and are asked if you’d like to purchase their eco-friendly shopping bags. There’s no doubt that “going green” is trendy. Whether it’s trendy because of a natural inclination to improve our planet’s health or simply because it’s something “cool”, the trend doesn’t appear to be going away anytime soon. As much as the green revolution has touched on all our day-to-day activities, it’s also beginning to revolutionize the homebuilding industry. A study by NAHB and McGraw-Hill has found that between 2005 and 2010, green homebuilding has increased by 500%. That’s truly amazing! Again, one can only conjecture the specific reasons for this massive increase, but here are just a few reasons why building a green home is beneficial to you and the planet.


Perhaps the green home’s biggest appeal is its ability save energy. With rising energy costs and minimal renewable energy sources, it’s not a big surprise that homeowners are seeking refuge. Green homes can save you 30% or more on your monthly energy bills. This is accomplished by home orientation, efficient insulation, efficient HVAC systems, high performance windows, and more.


Buildings use 12% of the total water consumed in the United States. This usage can be dramatically reduced in green homes through the use of Water Sense appliances, Energy Star appliances, low flow faucets and shower heads, etc. By reducing our water consumption, we’re also reducing the amount of energy needed to purify it and deliver it to the home, as well as treat it and return it back to the environment.


Indoor pollution is a grossly underestimated problem in the United States. Your indoor environment is usually more polluted than your outdoor environment. Couple this with the fact that most Americans spend 90% of their time indoors. This can lead to troublesome health problems like asthma and cancer. Green homes’ HVAC systems are designed to have better ventilation, moisture management, filtration, etc. Also, green homes typically do not use dangerous building materials like formaldehyde and other toxic chemicals.


Eco-friendly homes are a great investment. Not only do they save you money in the long run via your reduced monthly energy bills, but they have great resale value.


Construction and demolition materials accounts for 60% of our non-industrial waste. Green building reduces their amount of waste by using advanced framing techniques, fewer resources, renewable resources, efficient floor plans, and reclaimed or recycled materials.


Buildings account for approximately 38% of the U.S. carbon dioxide emissions. Since green homes reduce energy consumption, they also reduce our carbon dioxide emissions. Green building also reduces our carbon footprint by reducing the amount of materials and resources needed for construction.