Building Science is finally being applied to the construction field so it makes sense to scale it into how homeowners plan for future renovations.
Is Your Lifestyle Wasting Energy and Emitting Greenhouse Gases Into The Air?
When we renovate caring about the energy aspect makes sense. It represents the opportunity to create a healthier more energy efficient structure for our family.
Some questions you may ask to explore how you can save energy:
What is the amount of energy you currently use? What is the carbon impact of your lifestyle? How an you involve your family and teach them to calculate their energy footprint? How much water is used in your home daily? Are you recycling? Are you ready to monitor these variables? How willing are you to change how you’re your daily lifestyle is damaging your indoor air quality? Have you accepted if you get any of your calculations wrong, the costs in health and operating a home can be high?
To begin to give this stronger consideration:
Think of what we plugged into our outlets growing up as teenagers versus what we now plug in, in our homes and offices, etc. We have strained the power sources that produce our energy more than ever before, and we’re not about to cut back. Scarcity of natural resources in various regions, , higher energy prices – even health concerns – are driving our communities to look for ways to lessen the load, to find efficient ways to use utilities is homes and in their businesses. Many if my clients have family or friends who have health issues so indoor air quality needs more consideration.
A common misconception must be addressed:
It is not more expensive to build or renovate “green” if you take into account the complete life cycle of the structure and its performance while you are the occupant. The decreased operating costs, health benefits, comfort levels, environmental benefits and future value should be taken into account for any building or renovation project.
Advantages of sustainable greener designs include:
• High benefit lighting techniques
• Less toxic materials
• Energy efficient air handling systems
• Access to natural day lighting
• Superior indoor air quality
• Individual control of heat, light, and ventilation
• Landscapes designed to conserve rainwater and natural sunlight. Product innovations have also influenced “Green” building programs. In addition, many environmental laws have been implemented in the last 10 years, forcing all industry to keep up.
It is important o note that if you decide to renovate with energy upgrades, mortgage products have evolved as well, and the mortgage professional is in an enviable position for promoting and facilitating change as well. Look into PACE and FHA 203 K programs are a great way to finance upgrades. Your handyman or contractor may be recommending upgrades for energy efficiency, for improving indoor air quality, and for improving the health.
by: Kerry Mitchell
15+ years exp-
Charles Rutenberg Realty