Constructing a DFW green home is not just about recycling cardboard boxes, aluminum cans and plastic bottles. There are many different components associated throughout the entire process, from the design phase through to completion. Having said that, with proper due diligence, planning, and selection of the right green home builder for the job, you can create a self-sufficient, high-efficiency new house and enjoy the benefits (as well as the peace of mind offered with green, eco-friendly living. In addition to planning, the site or lot, the layout, and the landscaping all have a tremendous impact on the overall construction of a new green home project.
The DFW location you choose for building your eco-friendly home should abide by the rules and guidelines of energy-efficiency. Breaking down and clearing existing plants and foliage should be minimized as much, as possible as it has a direct impact on the environment. During the construction phase, you’ll want to plan on using the building materials as efficiently as possible. As an example, if the length of the walls are planned out to be the same standard length of the building materials, there will be less waste and this will help save money in the long run. Your custom home builder should be knowledgeable about how to plan out the design of the home efficiently to keep the cost reasonable. Ask your builder if they use computer software to calculate building materials efficiently or if they have their own specific formula. Either way, this is a very important point that cannot be overlooked.
Heat-retaining shell materials and insulation made from recycled products can be utilized for green home building. Roofing materials should be light in color because they aid in saving energy. There needs to be preplanning to include solar energy in the new home wherever possible. Methods for conserving water are also important to include in the planning of a new green home. Incorporating dual plumbing solutions that clean waste water will allow for toilet flushing to be recycled. Additionally, installing low flow showers and low flushing toilets will help conserve a lot of water that would normally be wasted.
These are just a few of the elements to be aware of when building a new DFW green home. An experienced green home builder will offer a full range of suggestions for your consideration. For more information on custom building a green home contact Bud Bartley Homes at (972) 539-0459.