Environmental Benefits of Green Homes
Green certified buildings use fewer resources and are built to minimize their footprint on the land. Sustainable building practices, techniques and technologies enable the builder to conserve vegetation, materials and energy, while the home or building itself allows occupants to conserve and use resources wisely.
New construction and building upkeep rely heavily on natural resources. Sustainable construction practices and the use of environmentally responsible and durable products helps reduce the amount of materials needed to maintain a certified structure over its lifetime, which will typically be longer than that of a conventional structure.
Water shortages are and will increasingly be a concern during this century. A certified structure uses water-wise technologies that both lower utility bills and reduce the total amount of water needed to maintain a comfortable lifestyle.
Development practices used during the construction of a sustainably built home or building decrease land degradation and deforestation, promote healthy landscapes, reduce waste, and prevent potential erosion associated with lot development.
Using low-impact construction practices and more exact calcuations, builders reduce the amount of natural and man-made materials purchased, helping to eliminate landfill waste and materials disposal issues. They also recycle construction debris. When you factor in the completed building’s resource efficiency, this translates to an earth-friendly structure that you can be proud of.
A certified home or building’s reduced energy needs is more efficient, which will result in fewer carbon emissions and require less fossil fuel. A green home lowers your reliance on these fossil fuels.
Additionally, a green home often reinforces the old real estate adage of Location, Location, Location. For example, a home that is located near services and jobs means less transportation costs, as well as taking less time out of your day. When evaluating a site for a green home, we encourage you to use tools such as Walkscore to determine the location’s efficiency.