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3 Tips For Making Your Home More “Green”

by Kuhrich on Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Custom built homes offer the greatest opportunities for you to have an environmentally-friendly abode as you control every step of the construction process. Whether you’re considering an eco-friendly home remodeling project or are thinking about a custom home, consider these 3 tips for making your home more green.

Green Interior and Exterior Painting

The dangers of traditional paints typically begin during the drying process, when the release of volatile organic compounds occurs. Particularly dangerous during indoor applications to those with sensitivities, these compounds also permeate outdoor spaces and cause environmental repercussions. There are really no long-term studies on the release of VOC’s and their permanent effects, so consider going green with your interior and exterior paints, stains and finishes, and concrete and floor sealants or coatings for safe measure.

Eco-Friendly Windows – Ideal for Custom Built Homes or Renovations

One of the most pioneering green products obtainable within residential construction today are green windows, which offer up to 50 percent better energy performance than ever before. Don’t hesitate to invest in Low-e glass coatings that increase the R-value of traditional double-glazes from 2 to close to 3 on the efficiency scale published by the National Fenestration Rating Council. Double low-e or HeatMirror coatings are considered premium windows, but the can increase the insulation value up to staggering ratings of R-9!

Although these options are more costly initially, the savings can be recompensed on utility savings, particularly when used in conjunction with an Energy Star HVAC system. Keep in mind that aluminum frames are sub par to vinyl frames concerning efficiency, but attractive wood window installations are still most desirable for efficiency, attractiveness, and ROI.

Be as Cool as Your Green Roof

Cool roofs are the latest in eco-friendly roofing technologies, and are designed to resist solar reflection and lower thermal absorption. Essentially, they deflect more rays and heat than they absorb making them ideal for warmer environments. However, just about any roofing installation you choose beyond traditional shingles will foster a green custom home as they are not typically recyclable.

The best way to discover green home ideas that are right for your dwelling is to consult with an experienced home builder or residential contractor near you. With many offering free estimates or consultations, what’s your excuse for not going green?

+Ken Uhrich is lead Estimator and Purchaser at Custom Home Group, a Design/Build company, located in Lancaster County, PA. You can follow Ken on Twitter: @kuhrich Or visit his company website: www.customhomegroup.com