Why Go Green ?
You will enjoy a variety of benefits from owning a green home. Benefits fall into the categories of Environmental Stewardship, Cost Savings and Living in a healthier home.
Everyone has different values when it comes to going green. So although green certification systems mandate minimum levels of green features, we at Greenbilt Homes respect that everyone’s values are different. We can provide you with custom home that is consistent with your values and your budget. So the following aspects of green living will be more or less important depending on what “shade of green” you are:
reducing air pollution
materials produced in a sustainable way; and
materials that are produced locally
You can pick and choose your green features so that your level of environmental consciousness is reflected in your home.
Reducing air pollution
Choosing a location for your home that allows you to walk, bike or take public transit easily for more of your trips results in fewer vehicle emissions and helps to reduce air pollution.
Canada’s wealth of fresh water reserves have been misunderstood and misrepresented for years. We don’t have unending supplies of replenishable fresh water.
All forms of energy consumption, directly or indirectly, have environmental impacts. If you are concerned about global warming, you want to target reductions in natural gas consumption first, and electricity consumption second. You may also want to use locally produced materials and those with low embedded energy. In addition, you may want to live in a location where you have good alternatives to using your car for trips.
Recycling and using sustainable materials
If you want to move away from a throw-away lifestyle, then green features:
involving household recycling;
recycling waste materials produced by the construction process;
using recycled products in construction;
using products created in a sustainable process; and
choosing durable products for your home
are worth considering in planning your home.
Green houses cost less to run because they reduce energy consumption and water use. It is hard to attach precise numbers to the present value of the future stream of cost savings over the life of the house because:
Detailed calculations need to be done on every house based on a number of variables such as the size of the house, its air tightness and insulation values, what the HVAC, appliances and lighting systems are, and how energy conscious the residents are (leaving a big screen TV on all the time can negate a lot of energy efficient features); and
The future cost of natural gas, electricity and water are unknown
However, a lot of informed commentators believe that an average saving of 25% is a reasonable guess based on today’s energy prices and water rates. As energy and water prices have nowhere to go but up, home owners can feel confident that an efficient house will save significant sums over the life of the house.
MAKING YOUR HOME A PLACE TO LIVE
Reducing or eliminating airborne toxicity during the building process or through the choice of construction materials will result in a healthier living environment. Those with allergies, sensitivities and respiratory problems will see a great benefit.
Some research has reported that toxicity of indoor air interferes with productivity. Most of those studies have been based on workers employed in “sick” commercial buildings. But it makes common sense that poor indoor air quality isn’t good for any aspect of human sustainability, including your energy levels.