More and more people are “going green” today in an effort to improve the environment and save money. If you’re building a custom home in Highland Village, you may not be aware of how many different “green building” techniques are out there. We’ve shared a few green building tips below.
Location. It’s possible to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by choosing a building site that’s within easy biking or walking distance to the places you go most often, such as work or school. When you aren’t forced to drive, it’s much healthier for the environment!
Incorporate green building materials. The materials your home is constructed of also make a big difference. Many green custom home builders choose to use refurbished or salvaged materials and materials such as brick, stone, and other materials that last a lifetime. The goal is to reduce landfill waste by recycling, refurbishing, and using materials that will never have to be replaced.
Put some thought into the design. Even the layout of your home can affect its energy efficiency, including where you place windows or skylights, and where trees that provide shade are located on your property. Windows that let the sun in during winter months saves on heating costs; strategic placement of trees can provide shade and cooling in summer months.
Inside your home. What can you do to improve energy efficiency indoors? Lots! Choose appliances that are Energy Star rated, energy efficient windows, an HVAC system that’s properly sized for your home, and insulation made of recycled materials.
Water efficiency. Low-flow toilets and shower heads, tankless water heaters, even having a gray-water system installed to recycle water that drains from the shower and sinks to be used outdoors are all “smart” ways to go green!
By working with a Dallas custom green home builder who is experienced in construction and design that’s eco-friendly, you’ll enjoy not only contributing to a healthier environment, but money savings as well.
For quality in every detail and a beautiful custom home your family will love coming home to at the end of the day, count on Bud Bartley Family of Builders!