The big question is—doesn’t it cost more to build a green home?
10 Advantages of Building Green:
More money for the things you and your family enjoy.
Green homes cost significantly less to operate than conventionally constructed homes.
With better insulation, air sealing, duct systems and windows, you’ll feel warmer in the winter and cooler and drier in the summer.
Improved air quality both indoors and out.
A green home has significantly less mold, mildew, and toxic chemicals in the air you and your family breathes. And the reduced dependence on fossil fuels promotes cleaner air in your community.
Less time maintaining your home.
Green homes tend to need less maintenance because of the durability of natural materials and equipment built to higher standards. They also often come with longer warranties.
Financial incentives from the government, your insurance company, and lenders.
State, federal, and utility rebates, tax credits, and other financial incentives are available to reduce construction costs of a green home. Your homeowner’s insurance premiums may be reduced as a result of the use of certain “green” materials, and oftentimes “green” features can be financed at reduced rates by certain lenders.
Investing in sustainable construction techniques and materials is an investment that enhances the future value of your home. Future owners of your home will value its reduced operating costs and, as local building codes become more stringent and energy and utility costs rise, your green home will compare favorably to conventionally built homes.
Romantic gardens that benefit local wildlife and your wallet.
A landscape of native plants provides a home for birds and other wildlife. With careful planning, you can reduce water and pesticide needs and achieve as much as a 30% reduction in cooling and heating costs by preventing direct heat gain and reducing wind velocity around your home.
Less construction trash.
Through salvage and recycling of construction waste, you help reduce the impact on area landfills.
Healthier local waterways, including Long Island Sound and the Hudson River.
Controlling your home’s stormwater runoff reduces flooding, stream erosion, and water quality degradation due to pollutants carried in the water. Using the storm water collected in a rain barrel or cistern to water your yard and gardens reduces your irrigation requirements.
Preservation of old-growth forests.
A green home’s construction includes more sustainable woods as well as wood sourced using improved forestation practices.
Our communities are filled with homes that were built 50 to 100 years ago. Your home, whether it’s newly built or completely remodeled, will probably still be standing in 70 to 100 years. Take an important step to prepare for that future by building a green home today.