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Building Green Homes

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Building your own home affords the opportunity to make use of sustainable design geared toward your own lifestyle preferences. One of the most obvious and well-known methods of building green involves purchasing Energy Star rated appliances, fixtures, and windows for the new home. While absolutely a step in the right direction, there are a variety of other ways to boost the green characteristics of a new build.


A green building is ecologically friendly and leaves a minimal impact on the environment. Sustainable design should be considered from start to completion in the building process. Here are key points to consider before building a green home.


AIR QUALITY
Achieving a greener home design is achievable with the installation of efficient heating and cooling systems. Both improve the air quality inside the home.


BUDGET
Surprisingly, building green can save construction companies and homeowners money. With minimal construction waste, hiring local labour, using locally sourced materials, and building with recycled materials, a green build makes economic and environmental sense. Depending on budget, compromises and changes can be made inline with your green home desires.


BUILDING ORIENTATION
A home strategically located close to public transport or local amenities also cuts down on vehicle pollution. This is a key step toward a more carbon-neutral lifestyle.


LAND USE
Modern home design flows naturally from the indoor to the outdoor living space. Ideal green design integrates local climate and landscape. For instance, well-placed shade trees offer natural cooling to a modern home. Green home builders also implement organic gardens, indoor trees, sliding exterior walls, and cedar decking into eco-friendly designs while working with existing landscaping and the creatures that dwell there. Plant an abundance of lavender around your home and the honey bees will soon follow.


MATERIALS
Eco-friendly materials are readily available for West Coast style builds. For example, Cedar siding is sustainably sourced on Vancouver Island. Aesthetically beautiful for decking, siding, fascia, and eaves and soffits, the use of untreated cedar avoids polluting the environment with harmful chemicals. The result of building with natural materials is improved air quality for both workers and home dwellers.


Furthermore, a well-insulated home reduces both heating and air conditioning costs. It also makes the home more comfortable for the entire family as good insulation keeps the home warmer over the winter and cooler over the summer.


USE OF RESOURCES In addition, a well-designed home provides water-efficient sanitary installations that use less water. Rainwater collection and improvements to irrigation systems also up the ecological factor of environmentally friendly home builds.


Outfitting a home with Energy Star appliances can save thousands of litres of water over the year and greatly reduce utility bills. Solar panels may also be installed as renewable energy resources that heat water and generate your own electricity! Now that’s a satisfying step toward self-sufficiency.


Now is the time to go green with a home that brings us all closer to a more sustainable future. Why settle for the status quo when it comes to living in a beautiful, eco-friendly home you love to spend time in? A green home is an imaginative, creative process that gives you the gratification of living green.


Longhouse is the perfect place to source Cedar and Douglas Fir for your built-to-last green home. Forest Stewardship Council certified, and therefore, sustainable, these natural materials are ideal in designing an eco-friendly home. Join us in building a more sustainable future. Call us today to start your next project at 1-250-248-5887