Live A Sustainable Life By Living In A Green Home

There was a time when it was desirable to tell friends and family members that you had a green home. This claim implied a small but separate building near your home, most often in the back yard, which had walls of glass or some other material that allowed an abundance of sunlight inside to nurture the lush garden growing lavishly inside its own specially designed building.

Today’s green home is much, much more exciting than that.

To claim a green home, and not just a greenhouse, means the entire building where the family lives, not the plants, is constructed with materials, engineering, and other technologies that, when combined, provide a home that is highly energy efficient and affects the environment with as little adversity as possible.

Many design features go into play with the manufacture of a green home. Many of these design features are only now becoming available due to advanced building technologies but others rely on some rather time-tested technologies, too.

One example of new green home technology is the use of recycled denim for insulation material. The recycled denim is considered a low volatile organic compound-emitting material (low VOC) because it doesn’t break down over time to emit harmful substances into the home environment. Traditional insulating materials often include formaldehyde as a component. The breakdown of formaldehyde releases toxic materials into the environment that can lead to illness that includes cancer.

An example of the re-introduction of some time-tested technologies is to glean as much of the building materials as possible from the local environment. Trees that are cut down to clear the land to allow room to build the green home are used in the actual construction of the dwelling itself instead of being hauled off to a landfill. Rocks from the area can be collected to become the stonework used in the building of the home, too.

There are many techniques available that reduce energy consumption required to build a green home and to operate it once it is ready for habitation.

Buying building materials that are manufactured as close to the construction site as possible saves the expense and environmental impact of the transportation logistics required to get those building materials to the construction site.

When energy-efficient technologies are used to make a green home as environmentally friendly as possible, other systems, especially the HVAC system, can often be downsized to systems that are smaller and less expensive to operate.

Of course, living in a green home doesn’t mean you can’t have a greenhouse, too. Using the greenhouse to provide nutritious foods grown right at home is as good for the environment as it is good for the people who eat those healthy foods.