Building your Own Home from Scratch: 5 Ways to Guarantee Quality and Sustainability
If you’re building your own home from the ground up, you’re likely excited. But you’re also probably a bit overwhelmed. It’s a big project, and you want to make sure that your home will be made to the highest quality, and that it will be sustainable for years to come. Here are some tips to building a quality, sustainable home from the word go.
Green From The Get-Go
Think green from day one for sustainability and quality alike. Many green products not only improve the quality of your home, but certainly add to its sustainability factor, as well. From your own irrigation system using recycled water to solar panels and more there are green projects large and small that you should integrate into your home as you build. Here are some green ideas you may want to include:
- Natural Ventilation – design the home for cross-ventilation and you can save on cooling
- Solar Everything – solar panels, solar lights, and even solar ovens and cooking supplies are available to help lower your electricity costs and minimize your home’s carbon footprint.
- Turf Grass – Plant turf grass varieties that require the lowest amount of water; the packaging will give you estimates.
Pay Attention to Your Roofing Supplies
The roof is one of the most important areas of your home because it’s part of your home’s protection system. However, many people pay too little attention to the products they use in their home’s roofing. It’s recommended to only choose tile, metal or 40-year composition shingle for the best results. Choose sustainable materials that act as insulation, and make sure the rating on your roofing material is high enough to withstand local weather conditions.
Pay attention to quality heating, ventilation, and air conditioning supplies. Make sure your HVAC system rates 13 SEER, 90% AFUE for energy efficiency, and only purchase a system that has been computer calculated “right-sized”. This will help minimize waste and increase efficiency so you can spend less (and emit less) while keeping your home comfortable.
Limit Hazardous Materials
Not only can hazardous materials cause problems down the road (think water supply and health problems), but they are very hard on the environment, as well. There is a green option for almost every hazardous material you could possibly introduce to your building site, so always opt for a safer material if you can. Doing so will improve the sustainability of your home and improve the quality of life you’ll experience there, as well.
Insulate everything you can, from the walls to the attic. Ensure that you only use “total fill” insulation that completely fills the void in the walls or area of insulation. Not only will this create a more quality home – not to mention up the selling value later on if you keep it up to date – but it will dramatically lower your energy costs and add to the sustainability factor of your home, as well. Don’t forget to foam, caulk, and weatherstrip every possible area of penetration as you build you home so that weather stays out and your heating and cooling costs stay low.
There are many ways to build your home in a way that will ensure it is both high quality and sustainable. In fact, quality and sustainability go hand in hand more today than they did in years past, and some of the highest quality products you can use in home building are also the kindest to the environment. Consider adding features to your home or land like a green house for growing vegetables or planting fruit trees, as well.
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