The Benefits of Eco-Building
The eco-friendly trend is stronger today than ever before. And for good reason: Earth is running out of non-renewable natural resources at an alarming rate. Sustainable eco building is the practice of using environmentally responsible and resource-efficient techniques to create structures that consume less energy themselves. If you’re considering a big kitchen renovation, whole-house remodel, or landscaping project, look into the benefits of eco building.
Why Should I Go Green?
There are a variety of ways to “go green” today, but eco building is a great option if you are looking to make a significant impact. Here are some top benefits of going green with eco building:
Reduced energy costs
One primary goal of going green is to save money. Eco-friendly homes consume less energy, or use alternative renewable energy, which helps both the planet and your wallet. Examples of eco building improvements that save money on your utility bills include:
- Added insulation
- Efficient lighting
- ENERGY STAR® qualified appliances
- High-performance windows and doors
- Low-flow plumbing fixtures
Eco building goes beyond simply making your home more efficient. It also involves using responsibly sourced building materials to lower the structure’s environmental impact during your construction and renovation phases.
Eco building reduces transportation pollution by using locally-sourced materials. It also conserves natural resources by using sustainable building materials including bamboo, reclaimed wood, and recycled glass. These materials are readily available and easy to replenish, making them a more environmentally-friendly choice than a rare, exotic wood that is nearly extinct.
Along with energy efficiency and environmental preservation, longevity is another cornerstone of sustainability. What’s the purpose of investing in a green building if it won’t last? Many green homes have features designed to improve their longevity, including:
- Ventilation systems for humidity and air pressure control
- Sump pumps to prevent flooded basements
- High-end insulation and sealing materials
- Vegetated roofs to reduce heat degradation
- UV-blocking window glazing to reduce damage to interior finishes and furnishings
Better health for residents
Sick building syndrome is a phenomenon that occurs when volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in ordinary materials off-gas into the air. Inadequate ventilation traps these chemicals indoors—along with dust, bacteria, viruses, mold spores, and pet dander—which can make people sick. The problem is so rampant that the World Health Organization has named poor indoor air quality one of the greatest health risks in modern society.
Indoor air quality is often vastly improved in green buildings, where non-toxic materials and finishes, along with healthy ventilation systems, are the norm. Eco building helps you breathe easier at home, which is especially important if you have severe asthma or allergies.
Higher market value
Because home buyers recognize the tangible benefits of eco building, you can expect the value of your home to increase with these improvements. If you’re planning to sell your home soon, working with a San Diego sustainable builder can help improve your market value and give greater ROI on your remodeling costs.
Choose Eco Minded Solutions for Sustainable Home Building in San Diego
At Eco Minded Solutions, the eco building process begins with a free, no-obligation consultation. We will discuss what will make a functional, beautiful space that serves your individual needs. We can explore building materials and talk through your must-haves for your remodel or custom home. With the experienced design+build team at Eco Minded Solutions, you can be sure that your vision will be captured beautifully and sustainably.
To schedule your consultation for your eco-friendly home project in San Diego, contact us online today!