Introduction to the "Green House"

It’s a team sport
to save the planet,
our money
and our health
    Green homes incorporate technology, smart design, construction, and maintenance elements to greatly reduce the negative impact of the home on the environment. This is often done through increasing energy efficiency, conserving water, recycling products, using sustainable products and improving indoor air quality.

    Green homes use less energy, water and natural resources than typical homes... They create less waste and are healthier for those living inside of them.

    Building materials often come from sustainable resources and the homes are built to minimize the impact on the surrounding environment. According to the U.S. Building Council, green homes not only save the owner operating costs, but also benefit owners by reducing waste, conserving natural resources, improving air and water quality, minimizing the strain on local infrastructure and contribute to an overall better quality of life.

    More and more builders are building green homes, but existing homes can also be converted into green homes. Green makeovers can happen all at once or through gradual changes.

    According to the 2006 McGraw–Hill Construction Residential Green Building SmartMarket Report, by 2010, Green homes are expected to make up more than 10% of new home construction.

    Many local and state governments, utility companies and other companies offer rebates, tax breaks and other incentives for green home owners. Green homes benefit you, your family, your community and the world! Now, with this guide, you’ll have the answers to “When is the payback?” This guide is a trusted resource for both the American Institute of Architects and the National Association of Realtors. It will help provide the foundation for you to begin saving energy, the environment, and money.

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