Many new and exciting things are happening at our home site. First, the drywall has been delivered and strategically placed in every room of the house. Once all of that is put in place, you basically have your home and things really come to life. But, before that occurs, there are some other components that need to happen.
The framing has been completed, and before drywall is installed insulation needs to be added. One thing I really appreciated about our builder is that eco-friendly building materials are used throughout the building of our home. I’ve always been concerned with the environment and I try to recycle and be cautious about wasting things, but I was thrilled to hear that green building products would be used in our home’s construction.
Knauf EcoBatt Insulation is the insulation material of choice for our builder and I think it is a really interesting product. It’s an excellent insulation choice that is made primarily from sand, which is one of the world’s most abundant renewable resources. Some of EcoBatt’s insulation benefits include no phenol or artificial chemicals, it reduces sound transmission, and it does not support microbial growth or mold. This is just some of the top features of this insulation choice with many others listed on their website. I love the idea of this product as well as the other energy efficient green products being used in house plans today. Not only will it save money and the environment, but it will also keep those who dwell there healthier.
I also noticed that Low-E Performance Glass is being used in our new home. I wanted to find out exactly what that meant and basically low-emissivity (low-E) coatings are microscopic layers composed of metal that are added to the surface of a window that keep the heat on the same side of the glass from which it originated. This should really help keep cooling costs down in the summer months. There are so many things we’ll be spending money on to get settled in our new home, it’s a treat to hear we potentially have ways to save money here and there.
Green house designs incorporate energy saving construction techniques and often the homeowners building these types of house plans will also choose green products to complete their homes. I would say our home is built with standard construction techniques, but it’s very nice to know that eco-friendly building products and efficient appliances were included to create a more efficient home in the end.