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Green Building for Homes and Businesses
December 5, 2015
Maximize green building benefits at home and at work.
Green building is important to many individuals and many may feel the need to do something on a personal level to help decrease greenhouse gas emissions. While many businesses are like minded, businesses are primarily out to make money - and green building allows businesses and individuals alike to save money in the long run.
The first step to green building is choosing the right building material. Many choose to use reclaimed building materials from previously standing buildings to create a more sustainable building. Other sustainable building products which can be mixed and matched include wood, along with concrete. Insulated Concrete Wall Forms in particular are considered one of the best materials for green building, as they create extremely energy efficient walls, and are very durable, meaning the building won’t need much maintenance over the course of its very long life.
Green building also means that a building should be as energy efficient as possible. Again, this starts with building materials. Wood is considered a great material as it passively holds heat which it then lets go of once temperatures drop in the evening. Insulated concrete forms are very efficient at keeping heat in or out of the house, depending on the season. The density and inherent insulation in this material makes for a wonderful building material.
Green buildings make use of the latest technology in order to make the most of the energy they use, and also to create their own energy. Many green buildings incorporate solar panels or wind turbines in order to create their own energy. In cases where more energy is created than used, many power companies will allow excess power to be returned to the grid and pay the solar power owner for the extra power supplied.
Other technology that a green construction company might utilize in green buildings include solar water heating, tankless water heaters, radiant heat, and energy efficient heating and cooling systems - some of which are incorporated into other energy efficient systems in the home. For instance, the solar water heating and radiant heat functions could be intertwined so that the heated water from the solar water heating system flows through pipes in the floors allowing heat to be released through the radiant heating system.
Green building is not complete without a landscape that is both easy to care for and helps to create an eco-friendly environment for the green building. Many green builders choose to plant large trees on the north, east, and west sides of buildings in order to shade them from extra sunlight in the summer - helping to keep these buildings cool. Other landscaping should not require much watering and should include plants native to the area.
Clearly green building is based on efficiency. Both homeowners and businessmen alike strive for efficiency. Creating new homes and office spaces designed to make the most out of the energy used and even to produce their own energy is becoming increasingly important in this market. Don’t let your building plans get away from you - make sure you’re building green.