A sustainable house is more than just a home built with green building materials.
It offers a number of benefits to you and your family, in addition to being gentle on the environment!
Whether you are planning to build your dream log or timber home, or you are adding an addition to your existing home, you can include sustainable building techniques and materials to make your home more comfortable and healthier for your family.
You may be wondering if going green is just another fad.
The truth is that we are just seeing the tip of the iceburg at this time, but more and more people are becoming aware of the advantages of green living.
And, as they put pressure on builders, the trends will continue, because green living will help to save our environment, and it produces a healthier and more comfortable home than traditional building methods.
And, in addition, you will pay less for maintenance, water usage and utilities in years to come.
Large insulated windows make this house cozy and comfortable, with natural light and passive solar heat.
If the concept of living in a green home is new to you, you’ll want to check out Green Building & Remodeling For Dummies, an excellent resource that explains the concepts in easy to understand language for beginners!
The following articles will explore the advantages and disadvantages of a sustainable house and going green at home, whether you are building a new home or remodeling your current home.
Even though we like things to be easy, green living is not totally black and white. For example, if you choose to have plastic decking for your deck, you may never have to rebuild or stain your deck—saving on time, money and maintenance. And you may just have saved a tree.
But plastic decking is made from petroleum, which is a non-renewable resource, and its manufacture does cause pollution.
Using recycled wood for your deck is another choice. This doesn’t pollute and it uses building materials that may otherwise be wasted or thrown away.
But a deck made from recycled wood may not last as long as one made from new wood, and it will definitely require maintenance like staining and repairs.
When you choose green building products, you need to consider the cost, the impact of manufacturing on the environment, waste products during construction, the home comfort achieved, and the long term effects on your family, including the air quality inside your home.