There are many benefits to building a custom home, and one of the main benefits is being able to make your home as green as possible. Green homes are becoming more and more popular, and with today’s technology and innovations, it’s easy to build a green home. While there are high standards for green homes, it’s easy to simply improve your home’s efficiency and decrease your environmental footprint, while sticking to your budget. If you’re planning on building a custom home and are looking to make it as green as possible, here are a few tips to help get you started.
No matter the amount of green technology, a smaller home with the same green technology will always have a smaller environmental impact. It’s important to be thoughtful about how you use your land. With that in mind, consider planning your home around your lifestyle. While there are over two-thirds, or 68%, of people who want to include a recreational area in their custom-built home, according to the 2016 Houzz and Home survey, some people opt for a much simpler, realistic home. Keeping the space manageable and cost-effective will help keep your home green.
Use Sustainable Materials
Building a home requires the use of many resources, so it’s important to integrate sustainable materials. Fortunately, that’s fairly easy to do. Using locally-sourced materials will cut down on transportation costs and fuel, and using materials like recycled wood, steel, metal, and others will make a huge difference in your home’s environmental impact.
Consider Water Consumption
Water conservation is becoming increasingly important and there are many ways you can contribute to saving water in your home. Installing fixtures and appliances like low flow faucet aerators and tankless water heaters will help you conserve water. Additionally, you can consider capturing rainwater on your property to fill water features and maintain landscaping.
Install Energy-Efficient Windows and Doors
Windows and doors have a major influence on your home, besides the aesthetic impact. Properly sealed and energy-efficient windows and doors can make a huge difference in the amount of energy you use to heat or cool your home. They can have upgraded features, like double-pane windows, that not only reduce the sound that travels in and out of the home but will greatly reduce heating and cooling costs.
Nowadays, there are many green products and options you can implement into your new home to reduce your environmental impact. These smart technology options can also add value to your home and make it perform better.