As we become more aware of the negative environmental and health impacts home construction has, it is essential to explore methods that will mitigate the damage we are doing to the world around us, changing the way we do virtually everything. We can reduce our carbon footprints by recycling and reducing waste in the home construction industry by building sustainable homes – a home that has the least possible negative impact on the environment.
Areas of impact include increased energy efficiency, the exclusion of materials containing environmental toxins, and materials that enhance instead of damage our natural surroundings. The use of vintage and recycled materials earns high marks by eliminating the amount of refuse in landfills and reducing pollution from construction supply factories.
When looking for a location to build your new home, consider its proximity to your workplace, shopping, and social venues. The ability to walk or ride a bike to frequently visited spots reduces vehicle emissions and provides you with the opportunity to keep your fitness in check at the same time.
In an era where the mantra is “go big or go home,” consider the amount of space you actually need to live comfortably. The elimination of unused square footage also affects your bottom line with lower electric bills, less time cleaning the house, and more time for fun.
In Florida, the shade of trees can reduce energy costs significantly. Strategic window placement keeps the heat at peak hours from radiating throughout your home. Don’t want to miss the spectacular sunrises and sunsets? Use roof overhangs and sunshades so you can decide when to let the sunshine inside.
The use of local materials helps on more than one front. It reduces the effects of shipping across the country or elsewhere globally and supports your local economy. Locally sourced materials are usually more resilient since they were grown or created from naturally occurring wood and stone.
Insulation, window and door selection, and air sealing can go a long way toward increasing energy efficiency. The insulation keeps inside temperatures where you want them, and air sealing means that you aren’t letting that perfectly cooled air outside.
Consider LED lighting, energy-efficient appliances, water-conserving plumbing fixtures, HVAC design, rainwater collection, solar panels, solar or tankless water heaters, and an energy recovery ventilator for your new home construction.
When building a new home, consider sustainable home design. Passage Island Construction can help you make the best choices for your family and the environment.