Being environmentally responsible is a way to leave a positive legacy for future generations. As a Maryland or Virginia home buyer, it feels good to choose the latest energy-efficient and environmentally-friendly techniques for green home building. Building a green home is about considering how the home design can blend in with the ecosystem without disrupting it. It's important to avoid certain oversights when striving to be more environmentally conscientious as a homeowner.
Green Home Building Mistake 1: Building too much
Instead of building a massive home, figure out exactly who you plan to accommodate
Your footprint is a critical part of your green home building process. The materials and construction time needed to build homes with larger footprints make the process less environmentally friendly than a smaller design. The energy costs of empty or wasted space are huge.
Green Home Building Mistake 2: Poor planning
Before hiring a green home building contractor, think about how long you plan to live in your home. If you are going to be an empty nester soon, think about how
Green Home Building Mistake 3: Not picking energy efficient materials
Energy efficient materials have come a long way since your last home was built. Advances in windows and insulation mean you can save a lot of energy just by starting with top-of-the-line energy-efficient materials. Energy
A new home is also an opportunity to upgrade to newer, more energy-efficient appliances and resources around the home. Now's the time to get a fridge that saves the planet. It's the perfect chance to get a rain barrel for your backyard. All the ideas you've been kicking around for years; do them now.
For more information on how Hopkins & Porter Construction, Inc., can help you build a green home that exceeds your expectations and respects the earth, please contact us.