Green homes are types of homes that are remodeled to eliminate harm to the environment or the ecosystem. Its construction also targets reduction in cost and efficient use of water and energy. However, there are no standards outlined in its construction, as long as its purpose is achieved.
Advantages of green homes for homeowners
Conserve the environment
Green homes use recycled materials during construction. These materials produce less emissions to the environment. Recycling of the construction materials also reduces damage to the environment and ecosystem by utilizing them in a more economical way. In addition, its construction is more reliable on the renewable energy from solar and wind. It avoids the use of nonrenewable energy sources such as petroleum, coal and natural gas, which are harmful to the environment.
Construction of green homes aims at eliminating moulds growth and built up of excessive moisture. The construction combines insulation and barriers which also ensures that moisture dries up very fast. Radon gas which is common in conventional houses will not accumulate easily, hence reducing cases of lung cancer for its occupants. Lastly, they do not use paints and adhesive which produces dangerous organic compounds that are characterized by headaches, asthma, and eye and throat irritation.
Higher quality of life
The green home will guarantee an improved quality of life since the environment has less pollutants which could lead to the emergence of diseases. This increases productivity to occupants and less absenteeism from work.
Reduced utility cost
There is reduced demand for water, gas, and electricity, which significantly reduces the cost of living for green homeowners thus empowering them economically. Lighting expenses reduce since there is use of daylight during the day instead of lighting using electricity or gas. Similarly, water expenses are reduced because of the materials used internally are easier to clean.
Return on investment
There is saving of money during construction, and thus a quicker return on investment for homeowners. Cost further reduces, since cooling, heating and water expenses reduce. Features that are common in green homes are tighter construction seals, efficient plumbing systems, use of more efficient appliances, use of better framing techniques and better exterior landscaping methods. In comparison to conventional houses, levels of occupancy of green homes are higher.
High resale value
The value of the property will be higher since prospective buyers will know the reduction in utility expenses and the healthier interior environment. Its durability and low maintenance costs are also major factors that increase the resale value.
Construction of green homes uses sustainable materials that last longer than that of conventional houses.
Maintenance minimizes in terms of time, energy, and expenses used in replacement of various components. Similarly, infestation by pests such as termites is eliminated since they are not attracted to common materials used in construction such as redwood and western red cedar. The durability of green homes will go a long way in increasing their warranty by a couple of years.