Green building provides durability, energy and water savings, and improved indoor air quality. Besides benefiting the environment, the builder and the community at large, green building benefits the homeowner by providing better durability, energy savings, water savings and improved indoor air quality.
A green home is a durable home. For a homeowner, that means less work and expense to maintain the home properly, and components of the home won’t need to be replaced as often, if ever. Some of the durable building materials have 40-50 year warranties. In addition, many of the materials used for building are made of recycled- content that is mixed with wood-waste fibers. These materials hold much stronger than regular traditional wood. Also, these materials discourage and do not attract pests, since the chemicals put into them are pest-free.
Besides green building providing durability, energy efficiency is also in every green home. Besides saving homeowners money for the costs of utilities and such, it also saves money when constructing the actual home. Energy-efficient homes include a tight thermal envelope, which is a sealing used to reduce air leakage. It also comes with an installation of a properly sized HVAC system. This system is used to provide greater comfort and lowers the energy costs for the homeowner. Finally, there are also advanced framing techniques used within the home, allowing the use of more insulation than conventional 2-by-4 studs.
Alongside giving durability and being energy efficient, green building also provides homeowners with water savings. It reduces the amount of water that a home needs, and it is very efficient in states that have higher climates. By installing appliances like dishwashers and clothes washers that are Energy-Star-rated, it cuts the bills for homes by a significant amount. Also, having an efficient plumbing-system and a new-generation landscape watering system can definitely reduce water-runs and even decrease over spray and evaporation, while reducing runoff.
Finally, green house building has also proved to improve the air, especially indoors. Green homes tend to have better air quality than regular, conventional homes, so the indoors in the new-advanced homes are much healthier and more comfortable. There is a minimization of volatile organic compound emissions, meaning that the materials used in the constructing of the home, the paint, the cleaners, and the adhesives, are much healthier to breathe in than normal building materials used. In addition, there is a huge elimination of mold potential. Mold can lead to breathing and lung problems, so green building can definitely cut down and decrease the chances of getting those issues. A properly sealed and ventilated building envelope prevents any moisture that is unhealthy to come into the home and even eliminates the mold from growing. Finally, by installing a radon-mitigation system, it allows harmful radon gas from the surroundings to be ventilated and released outside the home’s exterior. This reduces homeowners’ levels and chances of exposure to unnecessary gases.