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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:

Built Green Home

  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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Comment balloon 6 commentsTaunya Fagan • October 16 2008 03:29PM

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I am working on a Green Builders Council locally. Keep spreading the word. Education is the key.

Posted by Ron Wysocarski, CEO, Pricing Specialist (Wyse Home Team Realty) almost 10 years ago

Thanks for the response, Ron. We think Green Building is the next big new thing in home construction. It will be slow but will move forward nonetheless...thanks

Posted by Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (ESTATE House, Bozeman Real Estate) almost 10 years ago

We need to know what the appraiser's are learning about valuing green homes, too. I know from experience a green home can cost, and be worth, quite a bit more per square foot. In the meanwhile I need a little green money.

Posted by Ken Cook, Content Marketer/Creator (Content, coding, marketing, host.) over 9 years ago

Excellent point, Ken. Yes, green homes tend to be more expensive than non-green, but you can always just go as green as you can afford. Preparing a new home for the coming "greening of homes" can be accomplished by adding green-based infrastructure and then adding green aspects as you can afford them. For instance, solar will continue coming down in price so it pays for itself in fewer years than it now pays. So, you might simply build the wiring infrastructure into the shell so you're ready to purchase the panels when the price drops some more:

Solar wiring system www.freesunpower.com

Posted by Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (ESTATE House, Bozeman Real Estate) over 9 years ago

Minnesota recently instituted a green certification program for builders and remodelers.  It recognizes many different types and levels of "greeness" called the Minnesota GreenStar Certification.

Beginning with the design process, it is a system of project verification and certification which assures the key components of green techniques and materials through to the final construction.  The emphasis on five key components of "green" building systems assures a whole-systems approach:

  • Water Conservation
  • Indoor Environmental Quality
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Resource Efficiency (including Durability)
  • Site and Community

Glad to see more and more states "going green".

 

 

Posted by Patti Ann Kasper, Blaine & North Metro Minneapolis St Paul Real Esta (EXIT REALTY NEXUS) over 9 years ago

Thanks for the comment Patti. Green is an exciting new building ethic. My husband and I want to remodel with "green" aspects, but, as Ken Cook says above, we need more "green money." You are the first re-blogger on my site. Thanks! I'm glad the info has had some benefit to others.

Posted by Taunya Fagan, Montana Real Estate: Bozeman Luxury Real Estate: (ESTATE House, Bozeman Real Estate) over 9 years ago

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