Going green is a big deal. Sure, it’s great to recycle and switch to metal straws, but for sustainability at a larger scale, what about your house? If a custom home is in your plans, you might consider green building it with CNC Homes.
What is green building?
According to the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), “green building is a holistic concept that starts with the understanding that the built environment can have profound effects, both positive and negative, on the natural environment.” This includes a building’s or home’s planning, design, construction, energy use, and materials.
The benefits of going green
Having a green home has a host of positive personal and environmental benefits. The most notable benefits include:
Everyone can agree that lower bills are ideal. Green homes require less energy so you save on electricity, heat, water, and other utilities. Most households spend upwards of $2,000 a year on energy bills. A green home uses “40% less energy,” resulting in more money in your pocket.
Green building construction produces better ventilation and filtration, which leads to cleaner air and water for you and your family. Better filtration systems help to reduce condensation, symptoms of asthma, and indoor pollutants (i.e., from your hairspray).
When you are ready to sell your green home, you can expect a bigger payoff. Green homes sell “for between 3-23% more than a conventional home.” As more people turn to sustainability, green homes will be a huge plus on the listing.
Waste reduction is twofold for a green home. Firstly they often have features like solar panels and water-saving devices that reduce wasted energy and conserve water. Secondly, green homes are built through the reuse and repurposing of materials––as shown in the next section. They also “reduce maintenances, repair, and replacement,” which further saves money and materials.
Examples of green building materials
When building your custom home, you have endless options. Part of the green building process is sourcing sustainable materials for your new home. These can include:
Unlike traditional timber, harvesting cork does not harm the tree which “can be stripped up to 20 times during its life cycle.” Plus, it is hypoallergenic, fire retardant, and liquid resistant. An excuse to pop some champagne bottles?
Instead of using fiberglass or polyurethane spray foam, sheep’s wool is a sustainable, natural insulation option. In addition to its slower degradation rates, “sheep’s wool is more prevalent, regenerates faster and can be harvested more easily.”
Reclaimed metals, like steel, are durable options and are often 100 percent recyclable. Aluminum is another popular option that likewise is long-lasting, water and pest resistant, and “tends not to burn or warp.”
Central Oregonians are no stranger to wood. What they might not know is that timber “is the material with the lowest environmental impact on its production and life cycle.” It’s beautiful, durable, and perfect for your custom mountain home.
Other materials to consider when building: bamboo, straw bales, slate roofing, composites, natural fiber, non-VOC paints, and stone.
Green building with CNC Homes
When considering your environmental impact, it might be time to step it up a notch when green building your custom home. When you choose CNC Homes, we can help you plan, design, and construct a custom green home that is specified to your needs and has a low environmental impact. Let’s get to planning.