Sustainability continues to be a major focus in home design and construction. Designing a building to benefit the environment and conserve resources for future generations can provide numerous benefits to the homeowner as well. Learn more about some of the green ideas you can incorporate to make your custom-built home eco-friendly, allowing you and the environment to reap the rewards.
One of the most ambitious trends in green construction is the goal of creating zero net energy buildings. These buildings essentially generate the same amount, or near the same amount, of energy that they consume each year.
Most zero net energy buildings use the electrical grid to store energy, but they can also rely on other methods such as wind energy sources, as well as efficient techniques in heating and lighting. Many commercial buildings currently feature zero net energy construction techniques and goals, and residential buildings are increasingly adopting these methods.
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The use of solar panels to capture, store, and implement the energy of sunlight to power a building and reduce fossil fuel consumption is popular and expected to grow in the next few years. Despite the implementation of tariffs, solar panels remain a popular choice in green home construction.
Many states offer incentives to home owners, and the high efficiency associated with solar panels coupled with the decreasing cost in the production of solar cells continues to make them a great investment.
Geothermal energy is energy provided by the Earth itself from the high temperature of water and rock miles beneath the ground. This process, which involves a heat pump, an air delivery system, and a heat exchanger, provides clean, renewable heating during the winter by releasing the heat from the exchange and into the indoor air.
During the summer, the system reverses the process by absorbing the hot air into the exchanger, which can also provide hot water. Geothermal energy also reduces the use of fossil fuels and greenhouse emissions.
Extreme weather conditions can damage homes and the surrounding environment. In order to mitigate the damage and impact of reconstruction, there is a greater focus on creating resilient homes that are able to withstand natural forces from multiple weather conditions. These building resilience methods include home construction in elevated places or designs that consider elevation, wind-resistant roofs, and the use of storm and water-resistant building materials.
Premier Builders is ready to work with you to incorporate these green methods. We would love to hear from you. Contact us to setup an appointment today. Call (419) 794-5958 or visit www.nwohomebuilders.com.