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Currently most of society is concerned with the environment and being "Green" or environmentally friendly, especially when it comes to their homes. A great deal of people are beginning to build "Green” or environmentally friendly, but what does "Building Green" actually mean? According to the National Green Building Standard Certification, there are several components that need to be satisfied before considering your house "Green".

Healthy Homes

Making the home suitable and healthy to live in. Providing fresh air ventilation to improve the air quality inside the home, and limiting pollutants and contaminants (like mold and mildew) will make your home safe and ideal to live in.  To do this, you must use certain materials that will protect your home from such toxins, such as Plant-based Polyurethane rigid foam for insulation, or Structural Insulated Panels (SIPs), which are fire resistant yet environmentally safe.

Sustainable Lifestyle

Building "Green” does not stop once building does. Ensuring that your home is close enough to businesses, markets, and entertainment will to promote Walk-ability, which is how much you can get done without using a car for errands, or day-to-day business. Another method of upholding a sustainable lifestyle is to reduce home maintenance. Building with durable materials will cut down on maintenance, and waste due to its longevity.

Lower Operating Cost

Using environmentally friendly appliances and practices that use fewer natural resources will lower the operation cost.  Being mindful of space conservation, and building a small home will be less strain on the environment. These practices are also good to cut down on building cost, as well as monthly utilities. Building a smaller house with a simple layout will be significantly quicker to build, and more cost effective. Cutting down on cost in this area can give you more budget flexibility that allow for durable and efficient materials and appliances.

These Archival Designs house plans are environmentally friendly or can easily convert to being green!

The Nantahala Bungalow House Plan is an EnergyStar tier 3 house plan! This house plan is 2,055 sq. ft and has 3 bedrooms and 2 1/2 bathrooms. Even though it is considered small the open floor plan and unfinished spaces provide plenty of opportunities to grow.

The Rustic Lake House Plan is 1,870 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms! The small square footage will make this house more cost effective when it comes the building, leaving you more money to build with environmentally friendly materials!

The Corinthia House Plan is a charming taste of luxury and is very dynamic. This house plan is 1,931 sq. ft. with 3 bedrooms and 2 bathrooms. This Ranch style house is efficient in space and will make building quick and easy, leaving plenty of resources to make this home environmentally friendly. 

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  • Joanne Loftus
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