Building green is a trend that is currently gaining a lot of traction, and for very good reason. According to the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), buildings in the United States account for 38% of CO2 emissions and 73% of all energy consumption. Due to environmental benefits like these, as well as the additional economic benefits such as saving money through reducing operating costs, more and more commercial and residential homes are being built in a green capacity. Here are a few ways that your luxury home can be built green in 2015!
There are many different ways to build green, but one of the first ideas that comes to everyone’s mind is usually the thought of going solar! Solar energy in a home is one of the cleanest forms of electricity because it is all being generated from the sun. This is not to mention that it is one of the lowest cost forms of electricity options for homes today. If you are deciding to build green by using solar electricity for your home, it is important to research the area that you are about to build on so that you know where the best spots will be for your solar panels in order to reach maximum efficiency.
One of the more uncommon, yet highly effective ways to build your home green is through utilizing geothermal power. This form of energy comes from underground, in the earth. While wind and sun energies might go through changes throughout the year, geothermal power will remain consistent. Geothermal heating and cooling systems contain indoor units and pipes that are drilled into and buried in the earth. These pipes allow for a flow of hot and cool air by using the constant temperature of the earth below. Geothermal heating and cooling units are fascinating in how they operate, so before you build your home this is a great idea to look into more!
Throughout history, the most popular choice of framing material for homes has been wood. One of the best ways to go green when building a home this year is by forgoing the common wood frame and building the home through steel framing! Steel framing allows your home to be stronger and more resistant to occurrences such as earthquakes and fire. Furthermore, steel frames are very environmentally friendly due to the fact that most of the materials used to make the steel is recycled. In addition, these frames can save trees and are non-toxic.
Zone-Based Smart Thermometers
Smart homes are becoming more and more popular. Most of the smart home technology that is available can be very environmentally friendly and can help with the green cause. One of the best ways to reduce the waste of electricity is through zone-based smart thermometers! These thermometers will heat or cool different rooms throughout the home depending on whether or not someone is in it. Through motion sensors, these thermometers can detect when someone is or is not in a zone, and will significantly reduce wasted energy.
It is very easy to go green when building a new home this upcoming year! These four ideas are only the start. If you are interested in learning about more ways that your new home can go green, connect with us on our Facebook or Twitter pages and we can help lead you in the right direction!