What is GREEN? What EXACTLY makes up a GREEN Home?
This is a Question that is asked all of the time, but is not easily answered. We could ask 100 people what GREEN means to them and likely get at least 80 different answers.
To me, GREEN is a very emotional word. Depending on what you are passionate about is how you would answer the question.
Is a GREEN Home ONLY Energy Efficient? Does a GREEN Home only have a healthier Indoor Air Quality? Is a GREEN Home made of ALL Recycled Products? Does a GREEN Home have to look like it is from another planet?
Not at all. There are now a few different Green Building Programs out there. NAHB, US Green Building Council, and now Environments for Living at a Platinum level has been considered GREEN by some people.
The one thing that they all have in common is Energy Efficiency, Water Conservation and some sort of Indoor Air Quality concept.
Is one better than the other? Well, again that goes back to what you really want in your home. Regardless, GREEN should start before the floorplan is made. Or at the very least be made with GREEN in mind.
This is the start of a new series that I am starting on my Blog, ‘What Is Green?’
I will go over different concepts of both Building and Remodeling, items that you can keep in mind to give your home Greener Features or even All Out Green. I will be starting with ‘Green is a Whole House Approach To Building.’
For now, I will leave you with a Blog Post that I wrote a while back…I will also be updating the definition of what High Performance means in my series.
These terms are being used more and more to differentiate homes in Advertising as Green and High Performance should not be lumped together. See you soon with the Whole House Approach!