Global Warming – Why Building Green Is So Important
Building green means designing and constructing buildings with the environment in mind. It is practices like these that can have an impact on stopping global warming.
Houses contribute a high percentage of carbon dioxide emissions and impact directly to global warming. In the United States alone, it’s about 38%. One way to assist in the prevention of global warming is to reduce the amount of energy use required to maintain a comfortable atmosphere in a house. A D Construction can do this in various ways.
How We Help
For starters, you should care about what kinds of building materials are being used in your home improvement project. In order to reduce emissions and gases, the construction industry has started to develop building materials from renewable sources such as bamboo and straw. Homebuilders like us who are firm believers in helping the environment, utilize materials that originate at the building site. By doing so, this helps to minimize transportation and therefore cuts down on emissions of greenhouse gases. On-site originated material is not a new invention. Builders collect all nearby stone, cut it on-site and use it as a building material.
For a while now, recycling has become a part of our daily routine for most of us. Today, many recycled materials are being used in new construction homes and remodeling projects. For example, wood is recycled from a demolished building to prevent tree cut-down. Deforestation of any land adds to global warming, and cutting down fewer trees helps the situation.
Another contributor to global warming is heating and cooling a home. Our knowledgeable designers and architects, in coordination with the homeowner, can present a building design blueprint with the house positioned so it catches the most sunlight during the day to naturally warm the house through the windows. At the same time, this design can be utilized for breezes to blow through and cool down the temperature in your home. This design is very successful when high-efficiency windows are installed. In combination with good insulation, you will need less energy to heat or cool your home.
Solar Energy: Save Money and the Environment
This green building design is called passive solar energy, which can be used to heat and cool a house and lessen greenhouse emissions. As a result, it has a positive effect on global warming. Proper insulation is important to maximize the comfort within the house.
All of the above, in conjunction with newer technologies, dramatically reduce emissions. Heating and cooling efforts in most greenhouses are distributed by solar panels, wind power, or hydropower. Any of these will power a house with the least impact on global warming and will maintain a comfort zone to your living style.
Another popular solar building design is known as annualized passive solar. This method captures warm-season solar heat, converts it to storage and can make heat available six months later, or during the winter. There are many government incentives available that can reduce your solar energy installation cost by as much as 50%.
Your Trusted Green Builders
A D Construction is a green building Massachusetts contractor, and we base our green building principles with earth-friendly elements that create a safe home environment for all your home improvement projects and green building needs. Call us today to learn more.
Designing and building eco-friendly residential homes and commercial buildings in the South End, Back Bay, Cambridge, Brookline, Newton, Milton and the Boston Metro area since 1980.