Going green is something people don’t fully understand because the facts aren’t always laid out in front of us. As a result, we tend to shrug it off as another crazy idea that’s never going to happen because it’s not worth it. However, in the case of green building, we happen to have some of these facts straight from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) themselves! So before making a decision on building a new custom home, keep these facts in mind: Did you know buildings account for 39% of total energy use, and 38% of carbon dioxide emissions in the US? These numbers are the reason we build with the goal of custom-building a green home. But let’s look at the big picture and answer the question you’re probably asking right now: why build green?
Green Building’s Economic Impacts
Green building is something that most people look at as yet another way to throw money away. Though it can change the methods of building and cause them to take longer to build, but it’s not significantly more expensive. This is not to say that it doesn’t cost more to build and buy the building; it just means the savings as a result are so significant in energy savings that you won’t need to run the AC or heat all season! We all know how high energy prices are, so turning that off for just a few hours a month can (unfortunately) make a huge difference. Here’s the breakdown of the economic benefits of building green:
- Reduce operating costs
- Improve productivity and quality of life
- Increase the market of green products and services to improve our overall economy
The first 2 are self-explanatory, but the 3rd can be a bit confusing. To improve the market of green products and services means you’re providing possible business to companies that only market towards green buildings: green windows, doors, roofs, and siding are some of these fields. Participating in this will cause more companies to expand their markets and help improve our economy as a whole.
Green Building’s Environmental Impacts
Green building was really started to save the environment from pollutants and to reserve our resources, as opposed to saving the consumer money; however, as time went by we realized how much money was being saved and produced. The environmental impacts of building green are significantly helpful. Some of these environmental benefits include:
- Improved air and water quality
- Reduce waste output
- Conserve and restore natural resources
Our environment consists of so many components that we could target. Green building helps us target pretty much all of them. After building green, you’ll make not only the planet and environment that much healthier, but your own surroundings and well-being healthier. If more houses were built to save water, electricity, gas, and (oddly enough) air, we’d live in a significantly healthier world.
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