Considerations Before Building A Green Home
Most new homes built in California are solar-powered. In fact, starting in 2020, ALL newly-built California homes will require solar panels. That’s good news for the planet. In spite of this mandate, however, homeowners desire solar panels and other features when building a green home.
Here are three things to put into consideration if you’re thinking about building your dream green home.
Understand the Terms ‘Green Home’ vs. ‘Net-Zero’ Home
- You might think a “green home” and “net-zero” home mean the same thing, but they are significantly different. A “net-zero” home has basically one goal: Reducing the home’s carbon trail to the point where it has zero carbon effect on the environment. Bio-fuels can also be used for electricity.
- A “green home” often refers to a home that is built using 100% (or close to) sustainable and environmentally non-toxic building materials and combines energy-efficient technology to power the home. Besides using solar panels, that means building with materials such as refurbished wood, using tiles made from recycled supplies or using paints free of volatile organic compounds, often referred to as “VOCs.”
By understanding these two distinct terms, you can more clearly build your custom green home. The goal of a net-zero energy home is to use no outside energy. When building a green home, environmentally friendly materials will be used. The home is then powered by solar. Both homes use less energy and will be less damaging to the environment. If the goal of your family is to build a net-zero home, your architect’s choice of roofing materials, insulation, paint, and other building materials will be explicit to that energy-savings goal and may be less focused on materials used to build your home (such as reused or sustainable options). Make sure you know what your goals are.
Design with Energy-Efficiency Codes and Future Market Trends in Mind
Your builder or architect should be familiar with the modern energy efficiency requirements for new construction, nevertheless, make sure you bring the codes up. You always want to be code compliant.
The number of net-zero housing units built in the U.S. and Canada increased by 33% in 2016. Cities are setting green standards, such as in Austin, Texas, which has a 2050 target to reduce carbon footprint to zero for all new structures and homes.
As previously mentioned, in California, Title 24 regulations will into effect by 2020. Making all new California homes solar-powered. Consequently, if you’re asking your builder to include solar to your home now, you’ll be placing your home in the forefront of the real estate market.
Determine Your Budget for Energy Efficient Fixtures and Add-Ons for Your Green Home
Technology is always improving and advancing. There are countless fixtures and add-ons to consider when modernizing your home and making it more energy-efficient to become a green home.
The most common technologies that help reduce a home’s energy footprint are:
- Energy-efficient windows
- Energy-recovery ventilation
- High-efficiency solar panels
- LED lighting and maximized natural lighting
- Heating and cooling pumps
- Lighting sensors, smart thermostats, and other intelligent devices that reduce energy use when you’re at home and when you’re away
- R-49-rated insulation and other caulking materials
- Energy Star-rated appliances (refrigerators, washers, dishwashers, etc.)
The sun can now power more than just light bulbs. Solar can power pool heaters, water heaters, not to mention, electrical car pumps.
While some energy-efficient items may be costly upfront, the long term savings are typically substantially more. Determine your budget, then have a thorough conversation with your architect to decide what amenities and features your green home will have.
SunPro Solar is committed to helping you accomplish your green home needs. We have the most aesthetically pleasing solar panels on the market.
Our solar panels have an all-black surface rather than a grid-like surface which is often an architect and green home builder’s dream.
Building a green home takes careful planning and organized goals. It is always best to consider important factors before you begin construction. Consider the above-mentioned factors for a good start in building your green home.
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