As more and more people are becoming aware of the need to protect the environment, the construction industry is starting to reflect those values. Green home construction is a method of building more environmentally friendly and sustainable homes. This type of construction is better for the environment and the health of the people who live in the home.
As sustainability becomes increasingly important, we expect to see a continued trend of green building practices. But what trends should we keep an eye out for this year? This blog post will explore some of the most popular green building practices to look out for in 2022.
1. Use of Renewable Energy
The production of renewable energy generates far lesser greenhouse gases than the production of non-renewable energy. In fact, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists, renewable energy sources such as solar and wind generate 86% less greenhouse gas emissions than natural gas and 95% less than coal. As the cost of renewable energy continues to fall, we can expect an increase in its use in construction.
2. Low-Emission Building Materials
The use of low-emission building materials in green home construction can help reduce the overall environmental impact of a project. Examples of low-emission building materials include sustainable timber, bamboo, wool insulation, and low-VOC paints and finishes.
3. Solar Panel Technology
Solar panels are a sustainable and environmentally friendly way to power the homes you build, as they do not produce any greenhouse gases.
4. Green Roofs
Green roofs are covered with vegetation, which helps insulate a building and keep it cooler in the summer. Green roofs also help filter pollutants out of the air and reduce noise pollution.
5. Net-Zero Energy Homes
Also known as zero-energy homes, net-zero energy homes are designed to produce as much energy as they consume annually. This can be achieved through various means, such as solar panels, wind turbines, and geothermal systems. To be truly net-zero, these homes must also be highly energy-efficient, with high-performance windows and insulation.
As the need for sustainability increases, there are a few popular green building practices to keep an eye out for. This blog post explored some of them. At GH Builders USA, we encourage builders in Texas and elsewhere to discover the benefits of eco-friendly home construction and green home design for themselves.
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