“A home design without proper user or homeowner analysis is inadequate and erroneous.”
After sustainable site planning is done to determine the optimal usage of the building lot, we (the designer, builder, and homeowner) can now focus on implementing a sustainable home design that will be suitable for the lot, environment, and homeowner.
Information gathered from the site analysis and homeowners criteria is used to shape and mold the flow and functionality of a sustainable home design. In addition, other factors must be considered to create an efficient design. You should eliminate wasted floor space, design to standard material sizes, and specifying green products & materials on the plans.
The Process Behind A Sustainable Home Design
Eliminate wasted floor space
Green house plans are easy to recognized by its efficient floor plan design. A green home design makes use of every square foot of the home. Do you want to save money on construction and energy bills over the life of your home? Then your floor plans should be given special attention. Are you obtaining 100% usable space on the floor plan design? Then try turning that wasted square footage into usable living space if not. Floor plans littered with dead pockets, poor traffic flow and function, is literally throwing money out the window.
You can easily concede thousands or even tens of thousands of dollars in construction cost on useless floor space. Furthermore, designs with too much floor space, waste thousands of dollars. As a result, you spend more on money construction. In the end, the operating cost will suffer.
Design using standard material sizes
Design a home in ratios that are complementary to standard sizes of construction materials. Consequently, this greatly reduces the amount of waste collected on the construction job site and in a land fill.
Specify “Green” products and materials on the plans
Last but equally important is providing “green” specifications. It is incumbent upon the designer to clearly identify items on the custom house plans. As a result, notes and schedules are provided to help the contractor develop a sustainable home. Green house plans should have specs based on the following criteria:
- Products made with recycled, salvaged, or agricultural waste
- Products that conserve natural resources
- Materials free of toxic or other emissions
- Products that conserve energy and/or water
- Materials that contribute to a healthy and safe environment
To keep in the spirit of Green design and build, these specifications should include as many local products and materials as possible. Using these guidelines as a foundation, you can build an environmentally friendly home that is sustainable and healthy.
Work with your home designer and builder to come up with the best selection of sustainable building materials to specify on your home plan project.