Adequate insulation is an important factor in making your new home eco-friendly.
One of the reasons new construction is so popular among environmental enthusiasts is that green home building offers the chance to reflect their highest priorities. When you’re looking for an environmentally friendly new home, developments like Hanley Hall provide the perfect opportunity to achieve your dreams.
#1: Natural Lighting
Floorplans like the Spencer and the Alderwood offer a modern house design with large windows that optimize the use of natural light and warmth. The more natural lighting you can achieve the lower your energy bills will be. Plan your fixtures in rooms such as the kitchen to make the most of the light from the windows. Install light fittings that are eco-friendly, such as LED strip lights under your cabinets that give a floating effect. Use LED and CFL lights, which cost more upfront but use less energy and last much longer than traditional incandescent bulbs. These options provide significant cost savings in the long run, so they are ideal for your new green home.
#2: Heating and Cooling
Large windows also allow more natural warmth to enter the home. While this is a bonus during colder weather, it’s essential to choose window coverings that can protect against the sun in summer. Heat gain and heat loss through windows are responsible for between 25% and 30% of residential heating and cooling energy uses. Green home building techniques such as double-glazed windows go a long way towards resolving this.
#3: Optimal Insulation
Modern home designs all require adequate insulation according to state building code requirements, but building an environmentally-friendly home might require you to exceed the mandates to achieve real energy efficiency. It’s more cost effective to add extra insulation during building than to retrofit in once the home is complete. Discuss with your homebuilder the different types of insulation available, the recommended R-values for your climate, and the type of heating and cooling system planned for the home.
#4: Recycled Materials
Many home finishes these days are made from recycled materials, and even if you can’t find the granite countertops you want that are environmentally-friendly, you can choose products that are sourced sustainably and ethically to achieve green home building status. Another option is to use reclaimed materials wherever possible in your décor. Try salvage yards, garage and estate sales to find vintage light fixtures, novel window treatments, and exquisite railway sleeper furniture.
#5: Energy Efficient Equipment
When you’re building a new residence based on a modern home design, the last thing you want is outdated home appliances. And if you’re investing in new equipment, make sure you choose energy-efficient products that have the Energy Star label issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). This label indicates the appliances provide remarkable cost and energy savings, without reducing performance.
#6: Tankless Water Heaters
Installing a tankless water heater enables you to heat only as much water as you need each time. The water passes through an electrical coil as you draw on it, which reduces excess energy costs for keeping the water hot 24/7, even while you aren’t using it. It also frees up storage space that would normally be used for the hot water tank. These are a primary feature of green home building practices.
To schedule an appointment to discuss ways to adapt your selected modern home design for best environmental practices, please call 1-865-966-8700.