6 tips for green home investing
A time goes by, more and more home builders and home buyers are realizing the value of green and sustainable.
With summer upon us, the pace of the residential construction is picking up. For those planning a high-performance home, here are six tips to consider as you invest, according to Blue & Green Tomorrow.
1. Consider building orientation
The position of the structure to the sun and other objects like trees and neighboring homes and buildings will contribute – or detract – from the efficiency of a home.
Limit the number of east- and west-facing windows, as sunlight during the peak of the day – especially during summer – can unintentionally heat the home and force HVAC units to work longer and harder. Design the roof so that it can accommodate solar panels, and rely on surrounding landscape to provide effective shading.
2. Design small and functional
People often make their homes too big and inefficient. While there is demand for larger homes, energy efficiency is much more feasible in a moderately sized structure. Somewhere between 2,000 to 2,500 square feet is considered ideal.
3. Insulate properly
The phrase “build it tight, vent it right” describes the two most crucial aspects of home design: airtight insulation and effective venting. It’s impossible to achieve energy efficiency without a well-insulated structure.
4. Use recycled and sustainable materials
Whenever possible, seek recycled materials. Bamboo is popular for flooring and cabinets because it’s more easily renewable than hardwood. Many sustainable materials are also major home design trends.
5. Shine with solar
The price of installing solar has plummeted in recent years. Government incentives have also played a significant role, because they help offset a substantial portion of the cost. Designing and building a home with solar power capabilities from the start is more cost-effective than adding them later.
6. Think water
Don’t forget about water efficiency. Conventional toilets, showers and faucets account for roughly 41 gallons of daily consumption per person — or roughly 60 percent of daily consumption in the average American household.