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Willie Delfs
Energy Wiseguy Willie Delfs of Able Home Builders

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Your Energy Wise Guy…..Willie

Consider These Factors When Building a Green Home

Green homes have come a long way in the last few decades, and building a green home is quickly shifting from an “alternative” way of building to the mainstream…and it’s only growing greener. According to study conducted by Dodge Data & Analytics, in partnership with the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), about one third of home builders (33%) report that they are currently doing green builds for more than a majority of their projects. And the green home builder market share is expected to grow significantly, with the number of dedicated green home builders that will solely focus on building green homes expected to grow from 19% in 2017 to 31% in 2022. Plus, in addition to new green homes there continues to be enormous growth in the amount of green home remodeling work that is being done too.

There are many, many green products and smart building options out there today that can add value to your home, decrease the home’s environmental impact and make your home perform better. In fact, as the market evolves the term “green homes” is being used alongside the term “high performance homes” to convey the efficiency and cost savings that are gained by the homeowner.

Use Sustainable Materials and Methods

From the frame of your home to the flooring inside it, sustainable building materials can reduce the impact of your construction on the environment. Wood is a renewable resource when you choose a supplier who follows sustainable planting practices. Flooring is one area where new products that are environmentally friendly and great for home insulation ratings and climate control efficiency are flourishing. Modern flooring of this sort includes bamboo, cork and linoleum, which is made of natural, renewable materials. More consumers, designers and builders are choosing linoleum as environmentally friendly flooring with a long lifespan — 25 to 40 years – and the ability to be completely recycled at the end of life.

Additionally, some methods of construction have inherently sustainable characteristics. Many Modular or Prefab homes can be classified as sustainable not just because of their energy efficiency and the materials used, but also because the process of building the home’s elements in a controlled setting produces many material and labor savings and can decrease waste. Modular homes have become increasingly popular and are considered an accepted form of green home construction in many markets.

Build Smaller

No matter how green you build a large home, a smaller home with the same energy-efficient and eco-friendly construction techniques will have a smaller environmental impact. And even though”Tiny Homes” are all the rage, building smaller doesn’t mean that you need to restrict yourself to living tiny — using creative design principles you can make your more expansive dream home plans have a smarter yet smaller footprint.

Smaller housing options are becoming popular because of their efficiency, reduced maintenance costs and lower impact, and are being planned in both urban and rural settings. The point is, just be thoughtful about how you use your space when planning and building your home. Design your home around your lifestyle, and keep the space manageable and cost effective. Think of square footage as an investment; put it where you want it most instead of expanding in every direction.

Work With The Land

If you design your home to take advantage of the surrounding landscape from the outset, you’ll enjoy easier, less expensive lawn care for the life of your home. If your property slopes, plan your planting to take advantage of its natural characteristics, planting water-loving willows in low areas and conifers on higher ground. Try xeriscaping, a landscaping technique that uses native plants and rock to minimize water use. Developers can use green land development strategies that can save money and are environmentally-friendly.

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