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Green Homes - How Going Green Helps More Than Your Pocketbook - Montana Green Homes

As we all should know by now, not only are green building techniques beneficial to your pocket book by saving on energy costs, but a complete green home building program can:

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  1. improve your indoor environmental quality.
  2. reduce natural resources depletion, save natural and man-made resources.
  3. lower your overall environmental impact.
  4. encourage others to go green.
  5. reduce the amount of building/ solid waste sent to local landfills.
  6. reduce the amount of energy drawn from local utility companies - buildings account for 39% of US energy use.
  7. lower air-pollution - buildings account for 38% of US carbon dioxide - CO2 - emissions.
  8. lower green house gas emissions.
  9. lower dependency on foreign energy.
  10. lower water consumption - buildings consume 14% of US potable water.  

According to the NAHB Model GREEN Home Building Guidelines, the process of green building incorporates environmental considerations into every phase of the home building process. That means that during the design, construction, and operation of a home, energy and water efficiency, lot development, resource efficient building design and materials, indoor environmental quality, homeowner maintenance, and the home's overall impact on the environment are all taken into account.

On June 20, 2008, the Montana Home Builders Association and Missoula Building Industry Association introduced a new voluntary residential green building program called the Montana Green Building Program, which is partnered with the Green Building InitiativeTM (GBI) and is designed to help produce more environmentally-friendly homes and increase energy-efficiency in Montana. The program has defined a baseline for practical green building methods and training resources for Montana builders.

For More Information Visit The US Green Building Council

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