Green vs. Energy Efficient: What’s the Difference?
There’s a difference between a green home and an energy efficient home.
A good house with a handful of good products doesn’t make your house both green and energy efficient. To help you wade through the potential greenwash, let me explain what makes a home both green and energy efficient.
Energy Efficient Home
An energy efficient home reduces energy consumption by building a super insulated, well-ventilated, airtight home that stays warmer in the winter and cooler in the summer.
A green home also reduces energy, but also has added features that protect the environment and enhance the quality of earth friendly living.
Examples are reduced water usage, incorporating reclaimed or recycled materials, minimizing and recycling construction waste, using nontoxic interior finishes, collecting rainwater, landscaping with water resistant native plants, careful placement of trees and minimizing disruption to natural vegetation.
It’s important to note that required energy efficiency levels are not one static measurement—energy efficiency is continually changing. That’s because building codes are updated every three years. An Energy Star Certified home built in 2009 is different from an Energy Star Certified home built by the same builder in 2012. This is good for you as a homeowner. It means homes keep getting better.
Benefits of Both Green and Energy Efficient
When you build a home that is both green and energy efficient you get the best of both energy efficiency and green building standards.
When you build a home that is both green and energy efficient, you will enjoy…
Savings and value. A green, energy efficient home is a cost-effective investment that will use less energy and water, saving you money every month. The home is better quality and has lower maintenance issues. Green and Energy Efficient certified homes usually command a higher resale value.
Comfort. Building science allows us to build smarter. Building smarter creates a home that fits your unique needs and that is more comfortable. And that just makes sense.
Health. Improving air quality is good for you. Many of our customers with allergies and chemical sensitivities have enjoyed better health after moving into their new homes built to meet the highest green and energy efficiency standards.
You don’t have to spend a fortune to build a green, energy efficient home. You can get a very nice home on a budget that will be better for the environment, better for your pocketbook and better for you and your family.