4 Misconceptions About Building an Eco-Friendly Home
There's a lot of misinformation floating around the Internet and elsewhere about eco-friendly homes. We're going to debunk some of the most commonly held misconceptions about building a new construction, green home.
ECO Friendly Homes Are More Expensive To Build
For Custom home builders, one of the most important factors in a custom eco-home is the lifecycle of the materials used. That is to say, materials that will last decades longer mean less energy and raw materials are consumed over time and that fewer materials will be destined for landfill sites. So, while the cost of some eco-friendly materials may be slightly higher, their cost over the entire lifetime will be less. Nevertheless, the cost of many eco-friendly materials have come down substantially and are now competitive with traditional options.
Building an Eco Friendly Home Isn't That Much Better For the Environment
This statement has been shown to be false. The building process of an eco-home means fewer chemicals and toxic products are used and released into the environment. It also results in a home that consumes less energy and is more efficient. All this means a lighter carbon footprint.
Comparatively, conventional homes that are cheaply built and manufactured quickly are commonly made with materials that are toxic and degrade more rapidly. They frequently represent a health hazard for their occupants.
Building green homes is still relatively new and unproven
Some of the designs and methodologies used in building a green home have been around for centuries. Thanks to some recent progress in technologies, materials for eco-homes are now easier to access and more dependable than ever before.
Eco-homes, just like any other kind of home, are held to high local building standards. They're required to meet all building codes to ensure safety and durability.
Eco-Homes Aren't Viable In Colder Climates
Many people think that, while green homes may be suitable in California, they just won't stand up to Chicago's colder weather. This, too, is untrue. Environmentally friendly custom homes are built to be better insulated against extreme outdoor weather, be it the frigid cold of winter or the stifling heat of summer. Eco-homes also utilize more energy efficient means to heat the air inside.
Generally speaking, eco-homes are among the most technologically advanced, longest lasting, and economically viable options for homeowners today. Owning one means lower monthly energy costs and superior comfort. So, building an eco-friendly home saves money as well as the environment.