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Green Home-Building Techniques Using Sustainable Building Materials

Posted by: Bhushan Avastthi | Posted on: June 11th, 2013

People across the world are becoming more and more interested in using green building techniques with growing awareness of the effects that human activities can have on the global environment. These green building techniques focus on a small number of key concepts -using sustainable building materials, using energy-efficient equipment and design, managing water resources and reducing impact on environment and human health.

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Use energy-efficient mechanical and electrical equipment. Consider using point of use, or else tank-less water heaters. These help in saving energy as they are not required to keep a huge tank of water hot until it is needed. Choose Energy Star equipment for water heaters, appliances, heating and cooling systems and light fixtures. A blue Energy Star label is an indication that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has deemed the piece of equipment to be energy-efficient.

Heating and cooling interior spaces can take up for 50 per cent of your home’s energy use. You must not let that energy go to waste by using poor insulation. Use Energy Star-rated, high-efficiency low-E windows. Instead of the traditional 4-inch studs, build exterior walls with 6-inch-wide studs. Caulk all gaps around your home’s doors, windows, duct work and chases. Stop drafts using spray foam insulation that seals to the surfaces in attics and walls and thus prevents air gaps.

Use sustainable building materials such as reclaimed lumber when possible. Use products such as composite wood decking and trim or recycled plastic. Whenever possible, utilize materials such as cement board siding, which have very long life spans. Those may be more expensive, but such sustainable materials save in the long run as they are not required to be thrown away or do not need to be replaced for many years.

Design buildings with small footprints, which take up less land because the added green space absorbs rainwater’s excess nutrients that can throw in harmful runoff to nearby watersheds. Conserve water and reduce wastewater inside by using low-flow toilets and water-saver faucets and showerheads. Design exterior spaces such as driveways and patios with permeable materials that allow water to soak in. Landscape your home with native plants as they need no chemical treatments such as pesticides or fertilizers.

Today there are several remodeling companies that make energy-efficient designs for low environmental impact. Most of these companies specialize in energy-efficient sustainable buildings as well as solar hot water systems.

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About Author:

Bhushan Avsatthi

Bhushan Avsatthi is a senior manager, consultant, BIM expert and a green building advisor with more than 15 years of industry experience. Bhushan imbibes the prophecy of efficient and prudent use of energy in his day to day life and advices his team to do so as well. He is also involved in green initiatives like nonprofit tree plantation project and promotes using cycles for commuting small distances. Bhushan, handles a team of architects, Structural and MEP engineers, LEED consultants and Energy modeling experts.