More and more people are becoming interested in green building. But most people don’t realize there are many different ways to make a home environmentally friendly, and that you don’t have to plant a windmill in your backyard to have a green home.
Here are some ways that green buildings can help the environment:
- They use products that are made of renewable, non-toxic, non-endangered materials
- They use materials that do not require much energy to produce
- They use materials that provide the homeowner with a more energy-efficient home
- The materials are recyclable or biodegradable
- The construction method and design use less material, making the home more energy efficient or energy independent
- The products and equipment in the home are energy efficient and do not contain or create greenhouse gases or have toxic materials in them
- The production technique minimizes waste and the need to use landfill space any more than is absolutely necessary
- The materials are made locally and do not require much energy to transport to the job site
- The home/project is positioned to take maximum advantage of the sun, shade, the topology of the land, and winds in order to reduce the energy needed for heating and cooling
- Building science and technology are used to help maximize the home’s energy efficiency
This is only a partial list of the benefits green homes can have, and, with advances in technology, new things will keep becoming possible. For example, in the future, look for solar cell technology that will look like roofing materials and is efficient enough to provide your home with all of its electricity and even let you sell some back to the electric company.