A True Green Home

Doesn’t Rely on Paint Alone

Are you looking for a green home?

Are you looking for materials from self-sustainable sources and do not leave a big Carbon footprint?

How do you know if a home is truly green?

What should you look for?

A truly green home will have less impact on your health, will costs less to operate and will have fewer environmental impact as well. Here are some examples to look for:

  • Location: New green homes and neighborhoods must not be built on environmentally sensitive sites like prime farmland, wetlands and endangered species habitats. The greenest development sites are “in-fill” properties like former parking lots, rail yards, shopping malls and factories. Look for compact development where the average housing density is at least six units per acre. Your home should also be within easy walking distance of public transportation – like bus lines, light rail, and subway systems – so you can leave your car at home. A green home should also be within walking distance of parks, schools, and stores. See how many errands you can carry out on a bicycle. That’s healthier for you, your wallet, and the environment.
  • Size: No matter how many green building elements go into your home, a 5,000-square-foot green home still consumes many more natural resources than a 2,000-square-foot green home. The larger home will also require more heating, air conditioning and lighting. If you really want a sustainable home, choose a smaller size.
  • Building Design: The home should be oriented on its site to bring abundant natural daylight into the interior to reduce lighting requirements and to take advantage of any prevailing breezes. Windows, clerestories, skylights, light monitors, light shelves and other strategies should be used to bring daylight to the interior of the house. The exterior should have shading devices (sunshades, canopies, green screens and – best of all – trees), particularly on the southern and western facades and over windows and doors, to block hot summer sun. [t4]Dual-glaze windows reduce heat gain in summer and heat loss during cold winter months. The roof should be a light-colored, heat-reflecting Energy Star roof, or a green (landscaped) roof, to reduce heat absorption.
  • Green Building Materials: A green home will have been constructed or renovated with healthy, non-toxic building materials and furnishings, like low- and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) paints and sealants and non-toxic materials like strawboard for the sub-flooring. Wood-based features should come from rapidly renewable sources like bamboo, but if tropical hardwoods are used, they must be certified by the Forest Stewardship Council. A green home uses salvaged materials like kitchen tiles and materials with significant recycled content.
  • Insulation: A non-toxic insulation, derived from materials like soybean or cotton, with a high R (heat resistance) factor in a home’s walls and roof will help prevent cool air leakage in the summer and warm air leakage in the winter.
  • Windows and Doors: Windows and exterior doors should have ENERGY STAR® ratings, and they should seal their openings tightly to avoid heat gain in summer and heat loss in winter.
  • Energy Efficiency: A green home has energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and water-heating systems. Appliances should have ENERGY STAR® ratings.
  • Renewable Energy: The home should generate some of its own energy with technologies like photovoltaic systems.
  • Water Efficiency: A green home has a water-conserving irrigation system and water-efficient kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Look for a rainwater collection and storage system, particularly in drier regions where water is increasingly scarce and expensive.
The Ultimate Handyman helps you installing automatic valves, underground wet sensors and timers to control water waste.

The Ultimate Handyman helps you installing automatic valves, underground wet sensors and timers to control water waste.

  • Indoor Environmental Quality: Natural daylight should reach at least 75% of the home’s interior. Natural ventilation (via building orientation, operable windows, fans, wind chimneys and other strategies) should bring plentiful fresh air inside the house. The HVAC (heating, ventilation and air conditioning) system should filter all incoming air and vent stale air outside. The garage should not have any air handling equipment or return ducts, and it should have an exhaust fan.
  • Landscaping: Vine-covered green screens, large canopy trees and other landscaping should shade exterior walls, the driveway, patios and other “hardscape” to minimize heat islands. Yards should be landscaped with drought-tolerant plants rather than water-guzzling plants and grass in most regions.

Drougth Resistant landscapes need drainage too! They actually DIE if water pools around their roots.

Drougth Resistant landscapes need drainage too! They actually DIE if water pools around their roots.

We can build a green home from the ground up or we can assess and improve the greeness of your home. Call Today for a free consultation on how we can help you to greenefy your property.

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We provide professional installation and Maintenance for any style and models. You sell the photovoltaic system to a local resident in the Greater Los Angeles or anywhere in Southern California, USA. You ship it to the customer, we install and keep track of an annual schedule to maintain them.

We install the system but they are your customers locally, they contact you for service and regular maintenance and we keep your product working properly and your customers happy.

You send us your manuals and replacement parts. We troubleshoot, clean the panels for top efficiency and check all connections and weak links. Your system will work like a well oiled machine and all you have to do is to open a retaining account with us. Deposit for retaining accounts are of levels starting at $150 and are available for you to use for up to 2 years! Check out our rates and corporate accounts guidelines.