“Green” or “sustainable” is a concept that has gain significant awareness among many in the general public. Homeowners and builders alike are implementing green home design all across the United States. Their goal is to build smarter and more efficient. However, green is often associated with building and rarely, if ever, mentioned in reference to the home designs. Many of the sustainable building products and environmentally friendly solutions happen long before construction begins.
Green home design requires forward thinking to be successful. The process takes into account the resources dedicated to the building process, the daily energy consumption, and pollution emission over the homes life cycle. Green homes usually cost more up front, but saves you a bundle in operating costs over the life of the building. On the flip side, home plans with sustainable design output, cost no more or less than traditional home designs. In the end, you still benefit from the energy cost savings over the life of that home. Green concepts are developed and incorporated at the initial or preliminary stage. As a result, homeowners see cost savings
Factors of green home design
Home designers, in an effort to create sustainable house plans for building, have to take into account many factors. These factors include the home site, the building products & sustainable materials used, the immediate environment, locating the home on the proposed site, efficiency in design, so forth and so on. In theory, home designers have been drawing sustainable designs long before green home design was all the rage. Evidence of this is seen all across this country as you explore historic homes.
Historic homes were in simple concepts which maximize the use of space and local materials. However, they did not adversely affect the natural surroundings and environment. Their energy efficiency is nothing to boast about as technology has drastically improved the “draftiness” of homes; however, the fact that so many still stand after a century or more lends itself to the basis of the sustainable ideas. So, if you want a healthy home that saves energy without harming the environment, design a green home.
Beginning the green design process takes proper planning on the part of all involved in the project.