Do You Know How To Spot a Green Home?

A True Green Home  Doesn’t Rely on Color Alone

Do you know how to spot a green home? Are you looking for a green home? 

I mean, not the color, the efficient, zero-waste kind of home.

Or, from another angle, are you looking for materials from self-sustainable sources and do not leave a big Carbon footprint?

But to be straight to the point, how do you know if a home is truly green? Because nowadays, you could be only a victim of a marketing ploy.

In this case, what should you look for if you want to make sure to have a sustainable home?

We have the answers to spot a true green home:

A truly green home will have less impact on your health.

A green home will also costs less to operate and obviously will have smaller environmental impact as well.

Here are some examples to look for when you try to spot a green home:

Location of a green home:
  • Green homes or 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, paved areas, rail yards, shopping malls and factories.
  • To have green home, look for compact development areas, where the average housing density is six units per acre or less.
  • Your home should also be within easy walking distance of public transportation.
  • The best homes keeping a low carbon footprint, needs to be near bus lines, light rail, and subway systems.
  • To spot a green home you need to notice the opportunities that you have so you can leave your car at home.
  • A green home should also be within walking distance of parks, schools, and stores.
  • The location should allow many errands you can carry out on a bicycle, because that’s healthier for you and the environment.
Size of a green home:
  • No matter how many green building elements go into your home, a 6,000-square-foot green home still consumes much more natural resources than a 600-square-foot green home.
  • A larger home will also require more heating, air conditioning and lighting; therefore, if you really want a sustainable home, you have to choose a smaller home.
Building Design of a green home:
  • The home should be oriented on its site to bring abundant natural daylight into the interior.
  • Devices should be implemented in order to reduce lighting requirements and to take advantage of any prevailing breezes.
  • Windows, 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, like sunshades, canopies, green screens and – best of all – trees.
  • These devices should be placed particularly on the southern and western facades.
  • Also they should be placed over windows and doors, to block hot summer sun.
  • Dual-glaze windows reduce heat gain in summer and heat loss during cold winter months, specially if there is inert gases in between panes.
  • To spot a truly green home, just look up, the roof should be a light-colored, heat-reflecting Energy Star roof.
  • Or even better, a green (landscaped) roof, to reduce heat absorption into the structure.
Green Building Materials for a true green home:
  • A green home has to be constructed or renovated with healthy, non-toxic building materials and furnishings.
  • All materials and furnishings should be low- and zero-VOC (volatile organic compound) including paints and sealants.
  • A green home needs to be made with non-toxic materials, like straw-board for the sub-flooring and recycled “blue-jeans” cotton insulation.
  • 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.
  • And most importantly, a truly green home uses salvaged materials like kitchen tiles and materials with significant recycled content.
Insulation for a greener home:
  • 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 is imperative in a green home. 
  • It is so much, so because it will efficiently help prevent cool air leakage in the summer and warm air leakage in the winter.
Windows and Doors for a green home:
  • 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 in a true green home:
  • A green home has energy-efficient lighting, heating, cooling and water-heating systems. Appliances should have ENERGY STAR® ratings.
Renewable Energy for a green home:
  • The greenest homes should generate some, if not all, of its own energy with technologies like photovoltaic systems.
Water Efficiency in a green home:
  • A green home has a water-conserving irrigation system and water-efficient kitchen and bathroom fixtures, including a gray water system and water storage tanks.
  • 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 on a truly green home.

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

 
Indoor Environmental Quality for green homes:
  • In a truly green home, 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 and it is how you spot a truly green home.
  • The garage should not have any air handling equipment or return ducts, and it should have an exhaust fan.
Landscaping in a green home:
  • 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! Specially in a green home, because these plants actually DIE if water pools around their roots for too long.

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

 
 
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