5 Frequently Asked Questions About Green Building


Get answers to common questions about green building.

Building an energy efficient, or green building is an extremely long-term cost effective decision. While it may cost a little more up-front, the benefits of annual energy savings is great for the environment as well as the checkbook. Perhaps before deciding to invest in sustainable architecture, you are a bit curious about the building process, the cost of materials, or the overall benefit of sustainable building. Let Alternative Energy Construction put your mind at ease as we answer five frequently asked questions about energy efficient homes and buildings.

How much can I save with green building?

It is difficult to give an exact estimate as to how much you will save annually with green building techniques, but let’s put it this way: the average American household spends upwards of $2,000 annually on energy bills alone, and much of that energy is wasted. Alternative Energy Construction uses ICF block construction to build 94 percent efficient buildings.That means that you save in energy usage, saving you in cash, too.

How much does green building with more efficient materials cost?

The ultimate question when it comes to green building is always, “how much is this going to cost me?” Building with higher efficiency materials yields a higher cost up-front. The cost can be as significant as 20 percent higher than, or as low as 5 percent higher than traditional building materials. That being said, the amount of money that you will save will quickly recover the amount spent on higher cost materials, putting you back in the “green” in no time.

What is ICF block construction and why invest in it?

ICF blocks, or Insulating Concrete Forms, are concrete structures cast between two layers of insulation material. These insulated concrete wall forms are some of the strongest and most energy conservative building materials available. ICF block construction can be used for both residential and commercial projects, providing energy efficient homes and quiet, disaster-resistant buildings. By adding multiple layers of insulation, ICF block construction boasts the strength and longevity of a concrete structure with energy-saving and sound-deadening abilities that traditional construction cannot offer.

How will green building impact the environment overall?

Positively. By using less resources, your footprint on the ecosystem is dramatically decreased. Furthermore, green building incorporates using recycled materials, like steel, to further decrease your use of resources. Using fewer resources results in fewer emissions and trash in our landfills. Building eco friendly homes or commercial buildings creates a domino-effect of which, over time, will be at the foundation of a healthy ecosystem.

How is the efficiency of heating and cooling impacted by green building techniques?

Heating and cooling can drive the cost of utilities through the roof. It is estimated that a 25 percent increase or decrease in the internal temperature of a traditional home is lost through the walls alone. That’s a lot to lose! Using more energy efficient building materials during green building construction, such as ICF blocks and energy efficient windows allows for more regulated temperature control, keeping the internal temperature in and the external temperature out. While these materials will not keep all air from slipping in or out, the rate at which the internal temperature increases/decreases is closer to 4-10 percent.

Interested in learning more about green building? Contact Alternative Energy Construction today!

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