Eco Friendly Building Techniques

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Nowadays, the environment is constantly changing and people are encouraged to be environmentally active and aware. This includes even in the construction of homes, offices, schools and other buildings. You would be surprised at just how much money you can save in the long run by going green. You would be even more surprised at how easy the concept of making buildings that emission producing powerhouses are. In this case, everything is done in order to conserve energy, creating an eco-friendly environment. In this case you’ll switch from waste producing products to more environmentally friendly ones when building.

Eco Friendly Building Techniques

Benefits of Going Green

  • There is less stress because the monthly bills become lower
  • Saving money for other things like vacations, special occasions and investments
  • Reducing the carbon footprint
  • Encouraging others in the family to save energy by eliminating the use of certain appliances during high peak or mid peak hours (on par with what the energy company has outlined).

Tips to Building a Green Home

Location

When buying property, you must take a note of a couple of things that you foresee before moving in. Firstly, avoid constructing a west facing building as this will keep the home cool by minimizing the sun exposure. Next is to avoid building in environmentally sensitive locations such as earthquake or hurricane or flood prone areas. Lastly, check if public transportation and the grocery shop are easily available so that you can avoid the use of your vehicle and also reduce the travel time.

The Smaller, The Better

Smaller buildings with eco-friendly techniques have less environmental impact as compared to larger ones in terms of things like heating and cooling. Larger buildings would generally require more heating. It is best to keep it at a manageable and cost effective pace. Build according to the number of people that you think will live there.

Energy Efficient Equipment

The ENERGY STAR label on a piece of equipment states that particular product has been deemed as energy efficient by the Environmental Protection Agency(EPA). ENERGY STAR is becoming well known label and consumers today choose energy star appliances for their homes and offices. These appliances offer significant cost and energy savings without compromising performance.

Proper Insulation

Insulation is one of the most important things that everyone has to consider while building an eco-friendly home. Heating and cooling alone account for 50% of the energy consumption in a building. Air leaks around windows, doors and ducts are responsible for heat loss in buildings. Don’t allow heating and cooling of your interior spaces air go waste through poor insulation. Proper insulation will not only reduce your energy consumption but will bring down your electricity bills substantially.

Reduce, Reuse and Recycle

Reduce the buying of products that are not environment friendly. Reuse old material such as wood floors, doors, windows when building or renovating. Recycled materials such as glass, aluminum, tiles, reclaimed lumber, plastic can be used in green building construction.

Use Sustainable Building Materials

then using environmentally or eco-friendly products should be on the list when building an eco-friendly home. This will reduce the impact of construction on the environment. All the parts of the building under construction such as roofing material, building material, cabinets, counters and insulation to the flooring should be environmentally friendly. Use products such as reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic, recycled glass or natural products such as bamboo, cork and linoleum which are also renewable.

Install Solar Panels

Solar energy is a clean and renewable source of energy. Solar panels are an emerging and hot technology for those that are after saving energy by taking advantage of the sun to use natural energy. The panels might be expensive, but when you look at the bigger picture, you will save even more in the long run.  The location of the building and the way that the solar panels have been placed can determine how much power is collected. This will be a sure way of bringing down energy consumption costs. The government grants, incentives and tax breaks are huge bonus to those who want to use solar power in their homes.

Energy Star Windows

Energy efficient windows labeled as ENERGY STAR windows are new player in window market and are much more energy efficient than normal windows. The ratings for these windows determine how energy efficient they will be. The lower the rating, the less energy efficient are the windows are. The energy saving provided by these windows is enough to cover the added cost per window.

Rainwater Harvesting Systems and Instant Water Heaters

Install a rainwater harvesting system when constructing the green home to collect rainwater from roofs to store it in tanks. The collected water can then be used for other purposes such as toilets and sprinkler systems. Rain barrels are one of the most common methods of rainwater harvesting being used today.

With instant water heaters, one does not need to wait for the water in a tank to get heated. Instant water heaters heat only that much water that is needed as it is passed through electric coil. This gives you twin benefits. Firstly, it eliminates excess energy costs as it heats up only that much amount of water that is needed and secondly, you can get ample storage place by eliminating the hot water tank.

Eco-Friendly Lighting

Both LED and CFL cost more upfront but use less energy and last longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs. They offer significant cost savings in the long run and would be best used in the new home.

Those are just some of many tips when constructing a green home or building in general. You can find more tips and benefits here.

3.0 University Place Building

We are now going to look at one of the most innovative buildings of the future created on an eco-friendly foundation. Philadelphia 3.0 presents to you 3.0 University Place Building, a self-tinting office glass building located in West Philadelphia.

Slated for completion in 2018, 3.0 University Place is expected to be the first building of its kind to achieve LEED Platinum certification. It comes with self-tinting windows specifically designed to address the issue of excess cooling costs produced by direct sunlight and ensuing glares. The windows operate with a sensor technology not unlike that of self-tinted eyeglasses, which register light intensity and adjust accordingly. When people want more shade in the office, they can adjust it using a remote control.

The 189,000-square-foot building will come with a variety of other remarkable eco-friendly features, including a heating and cooling system that minimizes energy spent by fans, high-efficiency LED lighting, and a green roof that collects rainwater for reuse in cooling and irrigation activities. All said and done, 3.0 University’s developers expect to see a 50 percent energy reduction relative to comparable commercial spaces.

Well, there you have it, all that you need to know about constructing energy saving buildings and a classic example of one of the upcoming and trendsetting buildings under construction in West Philadelphia.

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