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If you can work to reduce the residential sectors’ toll on the environment you will not only be able to make the earth a better place on which to live, you also will be able to save your own future. If the earth becomes a better place to live in with less pollution and lower global warming conditions, you definitely will be able to live in a much better place.




 

 

Concrete sink & tub using recycled fly ash concrete

Rick Murphy provides this guest post, “Tips on Constructing a Green Building to Save Your Future.” – GRM

Tips on Constructing a Green Building to Save Your Future

If you can work to reduce the residential sectors’ toll on the environment you will not only be able to make the earth a better place on which to live, you also will be able to save your own future. If the earth becomes a better place to live in with less pollution and lower global warming conditions, you definitely will be able to live in a much better place. Thus, building a green home is a necessary step towards achieving the same. Yes, you will be required to take out a mortgage just as you are required to obtain one in order to buy an ordinary home. Initially, building a green home may cost you more but ultimately it will help you save plenty.

Building a green home essentially means incorporation of eco-friendly materials into your building – the materials and the design. This helps in minimizing the effect of the building on the environment. Here are a few basic tips on building a green home:

  • Have clear green building ideas – First of all, in order to build a green home, it is extremely important for you to have a clear idea on what going green means. Then, you will also have to be aware of the myths associated with green building. For example, many believe that sustainable building materials are in general expensive but this isn’t true in all of the cases. Moreover, though it can cost you more initially, but can help you save lots of dollars on electricity and lighting and water in the long run.
  • Choose building materials that can be recycled – It is better for you to choose the building materials that can be recycled over time. The recyclable materials have less negative effect on the environment.
  • Evaluate your needs – It is also important for you to evaluate the needs that you have and build the green home based on that. For example, you will have to determine the flooring needs so that you can select the right kind of green flooring product.
  • Build the home so that it can benefit from the environment – You will have to make the design and structure of the building in such a way so that it can benefit from the environment around. For example, you will have to think in such a way so that you can take advantage of the light around your home. That is, you will have to install skylights around the rooms so that enough light enters the rooms, thereby minimizing the requirement for using lights during the day. You can try capturing the solar energy for later usage.
  • Choose materials that can work in your area – Choose particularly those materials that are going to help you more in the area you are going to build your green home. Not all forms of eco-friendly materials work in the same way in all areas. So, you need to be aware of that otherwise, using some materials for your green building is going to be just a waste of money.
  • Give importance to the roofing – Another very important thing that you will have to consider is the roofing. Roofing is supposed to have a great impact on the environment. You can talk to the architect about the green roofing additions in order to get an eco-friendly roofing structure.

Other than this, you can also hire a green architect who has experience in building green homes. This may help you to build a cost-effective green home as experienced and knowledgeable architects have ties with different contractors, professionals and landscapers. This can help you a lot in getting a desirable green home for yourself.

About the author:

Rikk is a member of the MortgageFit community.

Not just that, he has also made contributions through the various articles written on different subjects related to the mortgage industry .

 

 

Photo credit for recycled fly ash bathroom:  Jeremy Levine Design



 

 

 
 
 

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