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The word green might bring many images to your mind. You may believe of green with envy, greenbacks, a greenhorn, Geico lizard green or how could we neglect Kermit the Frog's well-known tune: It Ain't Simple Bein' Green?

So what is the meaning of green as it relates to the residential building industry?

Since "green" is so much in the news lately, it would be perfect to come up with a typical definition.

Green building can mean different things to different individuals, but three themes seem to emerge from the vast quantity of information written on this subject:

1. Energy Efficiency

2. Non-toxic materials

3. Reduced consumption (fuel and resource conservation)


Let's start with energy efficiency. Are you mortified by the skyrocketing gas costs? Are you shocked by the price tag on your month-to-month electric/energy bills? In my region of the state, the power company attempted a 43% rate increase in the previous year. Costs continue to escalate, and the cost of living rises yearly - does your earnings keep up with these price increases?

If you look closely at your monthly spending budget, most most likely a hefty portion of your outlay goes for fuel, electrical energy, and water consumption. Slashing these costs could make a huge distinction in your cash flow.

Even the U.S.government recognizes the significance of energy efficiency. You may have noticed the Energy Star rating on numerous appliances because they meet government standards for energy conservation. Following the lead of numerous other nations, North America is rapidly gaining momentum in the quest for knowledge and demand for safer green living.

NON TOXIC Supplies

Why the fuss over non-toxic building supplies? Well, if you or your child has allergies , asthma, numerous chemical sensitivity (mcs), or other health problems, you might currently understand this. If not, then I want you to know that this is a severe issue. And it is one that many builders still do not address (regular building materials are, nicely, substandard when it comes to health).

Part of the issue is what we do not know. And yes, it can hurt us! From the arsenic in the treated wood that is used to build our decks, to the high levels of formaldehyde (a recognized carcinogen) in OSB board, kitchen and bath cabinets, insulation,and furniture, to the myriads of chemical substances found in traditional carpeting (with some research displaying the death of mice who breathe them), we live daily in a toxic soup that has the capacity to render us fairly ill, or at the very least, unwell.

As soon as we become conscious of the effects of unsafe building supplies, we will demand alter. The great news is, the options for non-toxic living are increasing rapidly. When we know and then insist on safer products, they will become much more readily available and expenses will reduce. Much more and much more builders will jump on the bandwagon when they see that the trend is green home building and we hold the wallets!


Decreased consumption has long been emphasized as part of the green movement. You might hear of the plea to buy materials locally (saving on transportation costs and decreasing pollution), utilizing recycled or reclaimed building materials, or even building a strawbale home or a rammed earth dwelling. While these are all possibilities, green building does not imply that you need to embrace concepts that are foreign to you.

It is quite feasible for you to choose a regular building plan, and then simply select numerous supplies and systems to "green" that particular plan.

Spend a bit of your time researching the green options accessible for building and remodeling. Do not dismiss the concept simply because you believe it will only be more expensive. Many green suggestions may actually save you a substantial quantity of money in month to month out-of-pocket costs for energy usage. And of course, it's extremely hard to place a cost tag on your family's health and nicely-being!