From energy-efficient designs to indoor air quality, the verdant nature of an eco-friendly home build isn’t limited to the grass in the front yard — it could also mean more cash in your pocket.
Why Sustainable Construction Is Better For You, Your Wallet, & The Planet
It’s officially spring! From all of us here at McCall Homes, we’re more grateful than ever to be living in Billings, where environmentally friendly practices are always in season. With that in mind, Earth Day is just around the corner, coming up on April 22, so as a tribute to the positive effects that simple, eco-conscious lifestyle changes can produce, we wanted to highlight some of the best benefits that a sustainably built home can offer.
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Building A Green Home — Laying The Foundation For Eco-Friendly Living
The first step towards more sustainable, earth-friendly living begins with the design of a living space itself. In recent years, “green” construction has ramped up faster than anyone could have anticipated, but that doesn’t mean that these efforts are as flora-friendly as we would like them to be. However, when you know the qualities and features to look for in the materials of a soon-to-be sustainable home, it becomes a lot easier to envision just how your future, eco-savvy abode will come to be.
There are five hallmark traits of sustainability to seek out in any given material when building an environmentally conscious construction, whether it’s a commercial business or a family home:
Finding Use In The Used
Recycling, reusing, and even upcycling have all come into vogue as popular terms when discussing sustainability, especially within the sphere of home construction. Many materials used to build a house can be sourced and rescued from former “lives” or functions, including those used for roofing, windows, shingles, foundations, and more. So when you’re researching your options for building a custom home, be sure to consider the quality of your raw ingredients just as much as you consider where they come from — and where they could go next!
Harvested With Heart
Deforestation is still a critical issue that needs to be more fully addressed, but fortunately, there has been a significant increase in the number of sustainably harvested tree, wood, and paper products. If you’re striving to build an eco-friendly home, that doesn’t mean you can’t use plants, just make sure they come from a credible supplier with credentials or backing from a green organization such as the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC). The FSC is one of several major groups working towards energy-efficient operations and supply chain management for tree and plant-derived building materials.
Grown From The Ground
Certain materials used in home building can be grown in a relatively short period of time, from seeding to weeding to harvesting. As you go about designing and constructing your sustainable property, look for products that are made primarily from plants such as cotton, bamboo, wheat, and hardy grasses. Not only will this cut back on your construction project’s carbon footprint, but you’ll also be supporting eco-conscious farmers and agricultural industries.
Hypoallergenic Meets “Home Sweet Home”
Many construction materials have historically been linked to outbreaks of black mold, allergic responses, viral infections, and even death — seriously! Luckily, there is a growing variety of available hypoallergenic materials that you can use while building your eco-conscious abode. If the construction component doesn’t disclose descriptions such as “non-toxic” or “chemical free,” you’re better off ignoring it and looking elsewhere. After all, no one wants to come home to a family room if it’s been fabricated with the same chemicals as those found in formaldehyde.
Look For What’s Local
An unfortunately under-acknowledged element of sustainable home building involves minimizing the amount of transportation and fuel needed to carry the freight of project materials. With that in mind, it makes sense to buy locally as often as possible, or domestically at the very least. Whether it’s a bunch of bricks or group of glass window panes, materials do not travel lightly, so anything you can do to find a sustainable solution closer to home can be considered another point scored for Mother Earth.
The Connection Between Sustainable Homes & Energy Efficiency
In order to truly succeed in the goal of creating an eco-friendly home, you’ll need to spend some time figuring out how to optimize energy usage and power efficiency. From plumbing to lighting, and within bedrooms, bathrooms, and beyond, many manufacturers such as Whirlpool and LG have developed and successfully brought to market dozens of high-efficiency, low-waste appliances to the public market. Whether you’re a property developer looking to implement more values-driven business practices, or you’re building your own home and want to uphold your pledge of environmental awareness, you really can’t do without energy-efficient appliances if you want to solidify and secure the sustainability of your ideal structure. While looking at product options for your plumbing fixtures, lightbulbs, kitchen appliances, and other areas, keep your eyes peeled for descriptions that mention Energy Star or a similar, sustainability-supported product quality rating.
Green Homes Help The Planet — But Do They Help People Too?
When it comes to environmental protection and ecological conservation, too many people fail to recognize that the benefits of green homes aren’t limited to the grass or the ground that surrounds the property. Indeed, the financial perks and personal health advantages afforded by sustainably built residences are just as numerous as the nods to our shared terrestrial sphere.
Energy efficiency in the home saves dividends on utility bills, from the very first month of use until the last days of a product’s functional lifespan. Furthermore, plant-based and non-toxic building materials used in residential homes tend to have comparable or superior performance on features such as durability, resilience in extreme weather events, and even antimicrobial resistance. This certainly means fewer costs will go towards repairs and maintenance on your property, but it also means that you’re surrounding yourself (or your renters) with materials that are quite literally better for physical health. So if you choose to color the walls with varying shades of low-VOC paints, you can feel confident that you have every right to breathe easy, and to continue living your best life.
Not sure where to start on an eco-friendly home build? Let us help!
The only thing better than Earth Day once per year is living in an environmentally friendly atmosphere every day! With a green home as your primary residence or property holding, you’ll reap the rewards of both sustainable housing and long-term return on your real estate investment.
Here at McCall Homes, we develop, design, and construct affordable homes and residential properties in Billings using energy-efficient materials and eco-friendly construction methods. We also offer a wide range of floor plans, financing options, and customizable features. So no matter what inspires you to make a move that supports Earth Day and eco-friendly living, we’re here to help you grow, build, and sustain your home for the long haul. Growth starts at home, and the greenest builds for you can begin with us today!