Green Homes - The Six Key Systems Approach

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.


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Gary Chambers

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