Building a Green Home
Building a Green Home has immediate and long-term benefits
Are you planning to build a new home or renovate your existing house? In order to save money, reduce wasted energy and reduce the carbon footprint of your home, chances are you are already planning to include energy efficiency and renewable energy features.
But many building professionals and their clients find that it can be complicated to decide which energy efficiency and other “building science” strategies make the most sense for their projects. With a Home Energy Rating from the Center for EcoTechnology you will be able to:
- Get recommendations for an energy efficiency plan that works for your budget
- Work towards a green home designation such as Zero Net Energy, ENERGY STAR, Passive House, or LEED
- Comply with the Massachusetts Energy Codes
- Earn incentives for energy efficient new construction
Benefits of Green Construction
Some of the key reasons our clients work on greening their new home:
- Greater comfort: eliminating drafts and uneven heating and cooling
- Improved durability: managing moisture in the home to prevent rot, mold, excessive humidity
- Healthier indoor air quality: reducing the likelihood of air pollution, residue from pests, radon and chemical pollutants, and unwanted moisture issues
- Reduced energy bills: eliminating poor construction techniques or ill-performing equipment that can lead to wasted energy
- Lower carbon footprint: reducing the need for energy through smart design means using fewer fossil fuels to heat, cool, and power your home
As part of your project team,Certified Home Energy Raters will help you understand how the building specifications, materials, techniques, and systems work together as one integrated system when your home is built or renovated. This “house as a system” approach includes more visible specifications such as the selected heating equipment, as well as the less visible techniques we recommend such as sealing the home’s air leaks so that you will enjoy the results of building greener for decades to come.
If you would like to do your own research to become better informed before making those tough decisions for greening your new home, the Center for EcoTechnology’s staff can help point you in the right direction. Although there are many aspects to consider in building a green home, you may have a lot of fun while exploring your options for using renewable energy, eco-friendly paints and materials, building materials from local sources, or recycled materials for your project!
Call us today at 413-586-7350 x242.