Building An Energy Efficient Green Home

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.

drywall in place to hang

 

 

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.

 

ecobatt insulation

 

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.

low-e performance glass window

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.

5 thoughts on “Building An Energy Efficient Green Home

  • June 17, 2015 at 6:34 pm
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    It looks like your home is going really great! My wife and I are wanting to start building our home, but we have been struggling trying to figure out how to make it more energy efficient. It sounds like a lot of it comes from finding really good materials. Since the materials that you have are all green products, it sounds like they definitely aren’t harming the environment. Now I know what to look for as we continue with the building process. Thanks for sharing more about your supplies that you have been using!

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    • June 17, 2015 at 6:58 pm
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      I’m glad mentioning the building products has been helpful to you. I’ll continue to mention them as the building process goes along! I know for a fact that there are more green building products that will be used before we’re finished.

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