First of all, let's define "green"...healthy, efficient, disaster resistant, mold resistant, pest resistant, low maintenance, low environmental impact and built for life. If you are considering building a new home, here are some things to keep in mind, if you want to build a "green home"...
Poured Solid Concrete Wall or Structural Insulated Panel: Avoid trapping moisture in walls for mold growth, stronger, better insulation, better sound resistance, better pest resistance, more accurate and faster construction.
Sealed Attic Construction: Using bio based water-blown healthy foam insulation sprayed on the underside of the roof deck or a structural insulated panel roof, provides a sealed, conditioned attic space keeping heat, dust, moisture, pests and wind out.
Efficient, Impact Resistant Windows: choose windows that are both energy efficient and protect the building envelope
High Efficiency Air Conditioners, Dehumidification, and Fresh Air: Look at water cooled ac units, fan recycler or energy recovery ventilation systems along with a humidistat to keep humidity at 60 percent or lower.
Passive solar water heating: the single most powerful energy saver! Reduces water heating costs by 70-95 percent. Has no moving parts, doubles the hot water supply for the house, provides hot water when power is out and more!
Brac Greywater Systems- self contained system that cleans and recycles shower and laundry water to use for flushing toliets. Typical savings of 30% of household water and sewer use.
For more information on ways to build a greener home, contact ecosmartinc.com or greenalberta.com