Our homes too can help protect the environment. Green choices in the building or remodeling homes in eco friendly products and methods result in long term positive effect on the environment. A common environmentally friendly feature of naturally built dwellings is their capacity for renewal, allowing a longer life span for the structure. They fit with their environment by using local materials and encourage continuous occupation. Their design is usually suitable for the local climate. They are energy efficient and environmentally friendly.
Green buildings are designed and constructed to ensure a healthy environment with their conserved resource and energy efficient construction materials which are recycled and renewable.
People around the globe want a choice of living in a home that is healthier, safer and cheaper for them as well as benefiting the environment. Recycling of existing building materials and the re-use of water significantly reduces the environmental impact of the construction and ongoing operation of a modern home.
Green homes encourage waste reduction, recycling, use of local and renewable materials, use of renewable energy sources, and implementation of better ways of producing housing. The main environmental attribute of a green house is to be PVC-free. PVC, or vinyl, is one of the most common and most harmful materials used in construction. These chemicals can build up in the air, water and food chain, causing severe health problems such as cancer, immune system damage and hormone disruption.
One key feature of any environmental home is low energy use. In fact, green homes use 20 percent less energy than usual houses. Water conservation and recycling principles are applied to both the construction of the house and to its daily operations. Water wise landscaping can create the surrounding foliage to provide cooling shade in summer, reducing the need for energy-hungry air conditioning.
More and more homeowners are bending towards environmental friendliness and sustainable homes which are good for their pocket, good for their health and good for the planet.
These days an environmentally friendly home need not look any different to any other newly built dwelling.
Paints and finishes low in toxic compounds were chosen for most inside and outside applications. Reducing toxic materials is the first step toward a healthy indoor environment. The house also uses a central fresh-air ventilation system with heat recovery to control moisture, odors and contaminants generated by the occupants.
A key environmental design feature is small size. It saves materials, lowers costs and conserves energy.
An eco home thus has improved levels of energy efficiency, lower running costs, enhanced air quality and daylight with use of low allergy and environmentally friendly material and maximum water efficiency.