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The Benefits of Going Green
By Eric Corey Freed
 
The way people construct their buildings is about to change radically. It has to. The majority of modern-day buildings waste energy, water, and resources beyond comprehension. It’s not our fault, really. Most architects and builders are completely unaware of the impact buildings have on people’s health and the environment.
 
Green building is a way of looking at buildings that allows people to be more responsible with energy and natural resources. Going green is usually the most logical and economical choice, whether you’re building or remodeling your home. In the near future, all buildings will be green buildings, whether by preference or regulation — it’s inevitable.
 
Because green building is a mystery to most people, various rumors, misconceptions, and misperceptions swirl around it. You’ve probably heard a range of odd and funny comments about green building. In this section, we will dispel these myths and explore why your new home or remodel should incorporate the green building techniques outlined here on ecomii. In addition, we will cover the steps to building a green home, how to select a proper building site, a discussion on costs, and the new mindset you’ll need in building your green dream home.

Understanding Why Green Matters

Green building is the healthy, common-sense choice for a better life. In traditional construction, the quality of the indoor environment is often far more polluted than the outdoor one, because of the building materials we use, our inadequate lighting, and a variety of other variables.
 
Green buildings are sited, designed, constructed, and operated to enhance the well-being of their occupants, and to minimize negative impacts on the community and natural environment. Buildings consume 40% of the world’s total energy, 25% of its wood harvest, and 16% of its water. Compared to traditional construction, a green-built home takes some of this pressure off the environment.
 
You’re losing money on every green feature you don’t include. Any time you build a new home or remodel an existing one, you have the opportunity to save money in the operational costs of your home. After all, you’ll spend a great deal more money on the operation, maintenance, and utilities in your home than you ever spent on the initial construction costs.

A green building:

  • Provides a healthier and more comfortable environment
  • Incorporates energy- and water-efficient technologies
  • Reduces construction and demolition waste
  • Brings higher resale value
  • Includes renewable energy technologies
  • Improves indoor air quality and occupant satisfaction
  • Is easier to maintain and built to last
All these factors can save you money in both the construction and operation of your home — and they’re all good reasons to go green with your building or remodeling project.
 
 

 

 
 
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