Why Go Green?

In the United States, buildings account for:

39 percent of total energy use
12 percent of the total water consumption
68 percent of total electricity consumption
38 percent of the carbon dioxide emissions

 

The built environment has a vast impact on the natural environment, human health, and the economy. By adopting green building strategies, we can maximize both economic and environmental performance. Green construction methods can be integrated into buildings at any stage, from design and construction, to renovation and deconstruction. However, the most significant benefits can be obtained if the design and construction team takes an integrated approach from the earliest stages of a building project. Potential benefits of green building can include:

Environmental benefits

  • Enhance and protect biodiversity and ecosystems
  • Improve air and water quality
  • Reduce waste streams
  • Conserve and restore natural resources

Economic benefits

  • Reduce operating costs
  • Create, expand, and shape markets for green product and services
  • Improve occupant productivity
  • Optimize life-cycle economic performance

Social benefits

  • Enhance occupant comfort and health
  • Heighten aesthetic qualities
  • Minimize strain on local infrastructure
  • Improve overall quality of life

Green building. (2010). Retrieved April 25, 2012, from http://www.epa.gov/greenbuilding/pubs/whybuild.htm

 

THE DIFFERENCE

We feature a portfolio of energy efficient building materials and technologies designed to work together to use approximately 60 to 70 percent less energy than a conventionally built home. In fact, we have designs that will produce enough energy to supply all your homes electric needs.  Our homes are built with an envelope that prevents air from gaining access to the interior of the home except in controlled amounts. A controlled indoor environment is both healthy and comfortable. Humidity is also controlled more easily resulting in a house that is more comfortable for occupants and less prone to environmental contaminants.