The other day I wrote The Difference Between a High Performance Home and a Green Built Home. Honestly, I did not expect the response I got from it. Before I go any further here, I just want to say one thing. The point of that post was to be able to understand the difference between a home that is advertised as either a High Performance Home or Green.
You will find a wide variety of homes..with a variety of different features.. for a variety of different reasons. The features you will find on these types of homes lies solely with the person building it. Whether that be the buyer or builder. People have different reasons for taking a step toward being GREEN. I just wanted to touch on this subject.
If you notice the Poll that I have going on this page, It asks "What would your main reason be for Building a Green or Sustainable home?" These are typically the underlying reasons. This is where you are going to see different features in homes. It's not because it is a different style of home or one is better than the other, it's simply the passion is behind the motivation. (Sort of like asking a seller what their motivation is to sell. Ultimately they want to move, but it might be for different reasons.)
So, to help clear up a little confusion, I am going to go through these main points. Again, you will find people that want more than one of these but you will probably find that they lean more to one than another.
Because it's Healthier- People that have Allergy and Asthma symptoms, or just want a healthier Indoor Air Quality. Not necessarily building because of Green aspects. Here are a few features:
- Whole House HEPA Filter
- Low VOC Paints (less toxic fumes and allergens)
- Special Carpets or Flooring (same thing. There is some nasty stuff in carpet like Formaldehyde)
- Building Materials that do not gain moisture as much as wood, fiberglass insulation, and sheetrock. (Less of a chance for mold and mildew)
Because it will help the Environment- People that want to do their part in reducing GreenHouse Gases..a true Green Building. Here are a few features:
- Rain Water Harvesting
- Manufactured Woods
- Recycled Flooring
- Solar Panels
- Recycled Insulation
- GeoThermal Units
- Dual Flush Toilets (You have the option for a "small flush" or a "big flush")
Because of the Energy Efficiency- People that are Dollar Driven and are willing to invest in a future with lower utility bills. Here are a few features:
- Higher R-Value Insulation
- Thicker/Concrete Exterior walls
- Higher SEER A/C and Heat Units
- Solar Panels
- Tankless Water Heaters
- Gas Appliances
- Dual Flush Toilets (Ultimately reduce the water bill)
- Metal roof
Because I need a quieter home- People that live near a Freeway, Airport, Shopping Centers. Here are a few points that you also saw in Energy Efficiency:
- Higher R-Value in attic and walls
- Thicker/Concrete exterior walls
So, here we have it. To prevent Greenwashing a TRUE Green Built home should have a minimum number of features from the "To Help The Environment" section. If you mix enough of these together, you may not have that many Recycled or GREEN Products, but you would ultimately put off less GreenHouse Gases. This would be considered a system..but I'll leave that for another post. I hope this was able to clear up any confusion.