Achieving Healthy-Sustainable Homes

By
Real Estate Agent with Home Expo Gallery, LLC (Keller Williams)

Healty/Sustainable HomesA catalyst for homes, industries, schools, universities and business, the incredible diversity of enterprises is driven by a common bond to move to a green lifestyle. Inhabiting a world where environmental awareness is a vital concern to the future of our planet, it is important to take note of the consequences of improper building materials and environmental degradation. Having the assistance of a reliable and experienced Atlanta, Georgia real estate agent will make all the difference during the home buying process.

While many homeowners may think that building green can take a toll on the wallet, the benefits outweigh any initial monetary losses. There are many environmentally friendly, green forms of insulation that not only are healthy alternatives to asbestos, but may even help reducing annual energy costs. 

The implementation of eco-construction and green home solutions will play an important role in the transformation to a healthier and sustainable world. Using eco-friendly methods of building may prove to be costly at first, but research shows it can reduce annual energy costs by 25 percent! By building green, you will immediately see the multitude of positive health, economic and environmental benefits, such as: conserving natural resources, energy sustainability, increased property value and improve your quality of life.

Asbestos & Healthy Tips

Throughout the greater part of the 20th century, a naturally-occurring mineral known as asbestos was utilized in a variety of applications. Due to its flame resistant, highly durable and inexpensive qualities, it became the ideal choice for manufacturers as a form of insulation, piping, brake lining and flooring. There are many green, eco-friendly materials that replace the need for asbestos and can reduce energy costs annually.

If any suspected asbestos is located, the best advice is to leave it alone. If you are having home renovations, performed, do not panic. Again, asbestos that is left un-disturbed will normally pose no threat. If asbestos needs to be removed, it should be performed by licensed abatement contractors. These contractors are trained in the handling and disposal of asbestos in public facilities and homes.

Exposure to asbestos has been proven to be the only known cause of a rare but aggressive form of lung cancer known as mesothelioma. Approximately 2,000 to 3,000 cases are diagnosed every year in the United States, accounting for three percent of all cancer diagnoses.

GREEN Homes  

Environment Georgia is a citizen run environmental organization seeking to produce real changes in tackling all of the state's eco problems. Each and every human being would like clean air to breathe and crisp water to drink. It takes a lot of effort and political advocacy to achieve this on a macro level. That is what groups such as Environment Georgia focus exclusively on.

Many cities and states are taking an active approach by updating older homes and buildings to suit the needs of achieving a healthy home and environment. The Green Economy Initiative is designed to assist governments in "greening" their economies by reshaping and refocusing policies, investments towards clean/renewable technologies, green transportation, waste management and green architecture. 

 The use of green alternatives such as cotton fiber, icynene foam and cellulose can reduce annual energy costs by 25 percent. Cotton fiber is also becoming a favorite insulation method. Made from recycled batted material, it is then treated to be fireproof. Water based spray polyurethane foam, icynene, is a healthy insulation which contains no toxic components. These green options have the same beneficial qualities as asbestos, minus the health and environmentally deteriorating qualities.

Comments (1)

Paul Gapski
Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty - El Cajon, CA
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Apr 15, 2012 11:14 AM