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Tips for Designing Eco-Friendly Homes
September 16, 2016
When designing eco-friendly homes, there are several factors you must take into consideration. View the Alternative Energy Construction blog to learn more.
Eco-Friendly Homes Advice
People are beginning to realize the many benefits of eco-friendly homes. Leaving less of a carbon footprint while living normally is an attractive offer. Other people enjoy the reduced utility bills by taking advantage of sustainable architecture. There are also tax breaks that the government gives to homeowners that build eco-friendly homes. When selling your house, sustainable homes offer a higher resell value than normal homes. No matter what the reason is to design eco-friendly homes, it is always nice to receive some tips along the way to make the process move forward smoothly.
Using Insulated Concrete Forms (ICF) for Efficiency
With new technologies becoming available, concrete wall forms can help insulate buildings in even more efficient ways. ICF block construction can create a sustainable building that is 95% efficient when compared to traditional homes that allow 25% of heat or air conditioning to be lost through the walls. The insulated concrete wall forms can cut your heating and air-conditioning costs in half! These new forms are making it easier for people to have more energy efficient homes.
LEED Certified Eco-Friendly Homes
At Alternative Energy Construction, our eco-friendly homes and buildings are Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified (LEED certified). This certification means that the United States Green Building Council (USGBC) recognizes that their buildings are energy efficient and are built to last. When trying to create energy efficient homes it is wise to use a construction company that is certified and experienced. It also is beneficial to insure that the company you are working with is truly LEED certified, especially if you are planning on obtaining certain tax breaks.
Planning on Windows
When creating an energy efficient home, windows can have a severe impact on your utilities. Depending on the design, some people are choosing to put in angled windows. Windows aren’t as insulated as concrete forms, so it may be wise to limit the amount of windows when designing energy efficient homes. Searching for the proper windows may be time-consuming, but the additional savings on utilities make it worth the time and money.
When designing a green building it is important to remember that larger size buildings are usually less efficient than smaller buildings. This can lead to higher utility costs in the future. Sustainable homes that are smaller lessen the environmental impact when compared to larger homes.
Keeping Green Inside and Outside
A green building can be even more efficient with proper landscaping. Keeping existing vegetation and trees or growing new ones can be beneficial to eco-friendly homes. Trees located in the east, west and northwest parts of the house can lower your cooling costs up to 35 percent. Using natural shade not only lowers your costs but lessens your reliance on fossil fuels.