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Frequently Asked Questions

Who buys green?

The simple answer to this question is: Everyone! That’s because everyone can benefit from going green. Some do it for their budget, others for the environment, even more for the value it adds to their home, and for their and their family’s health.

The good news is that everyone can afford to make green choices, because going green pays you back. Whether it’s the purchase of green products to integrate into your existing home, or an all out purchase of a new green home, your initial investment pays for itself over time with the incredible savings your green choices generate for you.

What are the benefits of owning a green home?

Operating Costs:

The technologies and practices required to build a green home to certain criteria may result in lower costs to operate the home. Energy-efficient appliances, lighting systems, and HVAC equipment result in lower energy consumption compared to other models. Using less water through water-conserving faucets, showers, toilets, and irrigation systems may also result in less water consumption. Properly sized HVAC systems mean that less energy is needed to condition spaces. Employing technologies such as photovoltaic panels for solar electricity and water heating, and geothermal heat exchangers could reduce dependence on public utilities, too.

Maintenance:

Effective stormwater management and landscaping could mean less time maintaining outside spaces. Also, green building practices lead to the use of some longer-performing materials and careful construction assemblies. Drained foundations, water spouts on gutters, and flashing around windows and doors might reduce the opportunity for system failure within the home due to moisture intrusion.

Indoor Environmental Quality:

Indoor air quality is one of the guiding principles of the ICC 700 National Green Building Standard. Homes that allow for proper air exchange through ventilation, and low-emitting products like low- or no-VOC paints reduce off-gassing. Further, green building practices look at reducing the opportunity for moisture intrusion. The efficient HVAC systems, windows, and floor plans also mean that heating and cooling is better distributed throughout the home.

The Environment

Increased energy and water efficiency in construction could lead to decreased energy and water consumption in a home throughout its lifespan. Further, some renewable, recycled, and other efficient building products used in green home construction may reduce the impact on natural resources. Also, green homes often include resource and waste reduction and recycling amenities.

Are green homes more expensive?

The honest answer is: it depends. While it is true that many green homes and products can cost you more today, it won’t take long for your investment to pay for itself, plus more.

We understand that, a lot of the time, it’s hard to look past the price tag and what something is going to cost you right now. But the people who get the most for their money are the ones who can recognize a good investment and consider the long-term payoff of going green, as their purchase continues to save them money each month.

You’ll see a difference when you invest in a green home and green products that are built to last, increase your home’s value, and save you money to pay for themselves along the way!

How much will I save by going green?

Once again the honest answer here is: it depends. There are so many factors that contribute the amount you’ll save: your region, the size of your home, the shape, when it was built, the construction of your house, your usage habits, how well the house is insulated, the fuel you use, etc. You can even receive tax credits for certain green purchases, adding to your savings potential.

Even discriminating sources like www.SmartMoney.com agree, buying a green home or making green updates is worth it. It’s a way to actually spend money to save money. View their analysis of several green home components and how much money each saves a typical American family.

What makes a green home “green”?

Key Components of a Green Home

Green homes incorporate environmental considerations and resource efficiency into every step of the building and development process to minimize environmental impact. The design, construction, and operation of a home must focus on energy and water efficiency, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality, and must take the home’s overall impact on the environment into account.