Asheville Real Estate Journal: Define a Green Home
If you have been reading Asheville Greenolina's Blog for even a short time, you will know that it centers around healthy homes, land, and living. Not long ago, a reader asked me to define a "green" home. After all this time, I realized that possibly I had not done this...so here it is:
Definition of a Green (Healthy-Built) Home
A green home consists of an integrated, holistic system designed to take into serious account the wellness of the home owners, on many levels...from the aesthetic to the very practical. A Green-built home (or green renovation) takes into account, to name just a few things:
Increased value via selected improvements
Improved energy efficiency( improved by 30 to 50 percent compared to code for heating, cooling, hot water, lights and appliances)
Thoughtful site planning and orientation to take advantage of natural energy sources
Reduced storm-water runoff (this protects local surface-water resources)
Native vegetation (this can work to limit irrigation needs)
Enhanced indoor environments including indoor air quality (IAQ), moisture-resistant construction designed to control entry of radon and other soil gas and outdoor pollution sources
But, to expand on this, let's call in the Experts! Possibly this VIDEO where Dennis Creech, the co-founder and executive director of Southface, http://www.southface.org/ a nonprofit organization that addresses the need for research and education in energy policy, sustainable technologies and applied building science, offers his views will be of value to you. Says, Mr. Creech, "Since the definition of green homes remains a bit fuzzy to consumers, and since strong consumer demand is critical, green builder programs need to educate consumers as much to the benefits as to the technical features of green home building."
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