What is Efficient Green Housing ?
There is a common misconception that building green is expensive. Reliable Home Builders, homeowners, and developers are finding that building green increases the value of the property and green homes can be built for the same cost as a traditional home. For commercial businesses, the return on investment can be as little as one year.
Why Build Green?
In the United States, buildings account for 39 % of total energy use 12 % of the total water consumption 68 % of total electricity consumption and 38 % of the carbon dioxide emissions.
When you build green you take affordable housing to the next level of performance. You give yourself more comfortable homes that cost less to operate, last longer, and keep occupants healthy. You keep current with leading building techniques and gain valuable experience with a team approach that improves design and construction. And of course, you help improve our environment as your buildings become more efficient, use less resources, and reduce their impact.
Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) Home Buyers are increasingly concerned about mold, radon, carbon monoxide, and toxic chemicals commonly found in homes. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) studies show that levels of air pollution inside the home are often two to five times higher than outdoor levels.
Why IAQ matters is because Poor Indoor Air Quality is associated with a host of health problems, including; eye irritation, allergies, headaches, and respiratory problems such as asthma. We hear about them and they are real. At Eco-Pure we deal with them so you do not have to.
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Green or not efficient cooling relies on two primary strategies:
• 1. First and foremost, prevent heat from getting into the house or building By use of shading devices - create a cool microclimate to discourage heat buildup; and
• 2. Get rid of unwanted heat that comes into the building - in cold and temperate climate, mainly via ventilative cooling planning