In Fact, it Might Save You Money!
Today it seems as though you can’t turn on the TV without hearing something about global warming and our changing climate.
When we relocate or retire to the Carolinas, by using Carolina Green Building practices, we can do an incredible amount to decrease the impact our home has on the environment.
And while the title may say “Carolina Green Building,” there is a lot you can do to maintain a Green home even if you don’t build.
Take a few minutes and let me share with you ways to build green. Either from the ground up or ways you can even incorporate Carolina Green Building practices into your new home in North Carolina or South Carolina.
According to Fine Homebuilding (a great resource for all your home building concerns) the NAHB (National Association of Home Builders) expects more than half of its members are calling themselves green builders.
However, the problem with this is that there is no standard criteria for what constitutes a green builder.
The onus falls on consumers to educate themselves in order to evaluate builders and materials, so they may pick the “greenest” of the bunch.
With a lack of federal regulations, consumers should also be wary of builders claiming to be green. In actuality all the builders do is charge you more, for little or no actual benefit.
Fine Homebuilding offers some general guidelines for what standards green builders should adhere to. Be sure to click on each of the titles below for more information.
- “Site work that minimizes the environmental impact of the house during and after construction”
- “Energy efficiency”
- “Water efficiency”
- “Use of recycled materials and materials whose production can be sustained without harming people or the environment”
- “Healthful indoor air quality”
All of the above general guidelines are great ways to ensure you new home in the Carolinas is about Green Building. Ways to save money, and reduce your home’s impact on the earth.
Most of the guidelines are easy and inexpensive to carry-out. Even after the home is completed or you are buying an existing home. However if your building your home, you’d be better off to think green from the get go.
There are plenty of other ways to green your home, which are more involved. But have equal benefits based on the amount of effort you’ll put in, for you and the planet.
Build a Green Roof on your home. Check it out – Learn More About Carolina Green Roofing.
Any time you’re buying for your home, buy products with the energy star label.
You can even buy new homes with the energy star label on them. To illustrate that energy saving measures, building practices, and appliances, were used throughout the construction.
All of the above guidelines are great ways to reduce the amount of energy and resources your home uses.
However, none of them really address the issue of where we get our energy from.
Traditional energy companies provide electricity by burning one of many fossil fuels, thus releasing carbon dioxide into the atmosphere.
If you want to really reduce your carbon emissions, you can opt to install your own solar panels, or a wind turbine.
In the end, it’s not important if you do one of these things, or if you do them all.
If you’ve read all about the different ways offered here in which you can build a Carolina Green home or increase the environmental impact of your current home. I would imagine your thoughts are swimming right about now. I know mine are.
Where to begin?
The important part is that you do something.
Living without regard for the consequences of our action upon our environment isn’t a sustainable model.
Now’s your chance. You’ve decided to make the move to your best place to live in North Carolina or South Carolina. Make it just that! Your best place to live supporting the best place to live for everyone.
Remember, the world isn’t ours, we’re only leasing it from our children.
Everything we do today, ensures their tomorrow will be one we’d like to see.
More Information on North Carolina and South Carolina Green Movement: “The Carolinas Go Green.”
Robert Bencivenga is a professional site locator and location analyst for major corporations. Robert researches the growth of NC and SC to find the Best Places to Retire or Relocate that are still affordable.
Robert Does Not Sell Real Estate!
© 2005-2017Places of Value Inc. All Rights Reserved. Reproduction without permission prohibited.
Click here for Your FREE…
Can I Reprint Your Articles?