Features to Qualify as Green Home

August 10, 2010
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Nowadays, the word “green” becomes a catchphrase when it comes to modern and contemporary home building and concepts. There are different standards and qualifications that will make up an eco-friendly and green home that is the universal of what the word “green” is about.

Green homes are greatly preferred by modern day home owners not only because of its environmental-friendly ideas and structure but it is also a great way of qualifying for incentives and other compensations since almost all states are giving credits for homes and infrastructures.

Energy efficiency is the basic standard that must be manifested in the entire structure, foundation and concept of the house. This is shown in…

The Modular Construction

July 25, 2010
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Modular construction has been around almost since the advent of the covered wagon. The use of modular construction enhanced today’s building practices.

Japanese builders construct homes like kids using building blocks. At first, a new homeowner may only be able to afford a small home with a single bath. As time passes, the homeowner can easily add on to their existing modular structure with new add-on modular units making the home a little more spacious and or bigger.

In the early 60’s, a builder from my home town built modular rooms for hotels and motels. For that era, this builder was considered a visionary. Today, this is a much more common practice.…

Maximize the Home Thermal Efficiency Through Smart Designs

April 27, 2010
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The household energy expenses can be compact by as much as 70% through careful execution of energy smart design principles that maximize thermal efficiency, leaving your home 5 °C warmer in winter and up to 10 °C cooler in summer. The consideration during the design stage for issues relating to wall construction, window placement and site orientation will gather massive benefit with little or no additional expense.

Some of the most efficient methods for achieving maximum energy reduction include:

* The incorporation of the use of heavyweight building materials in the construction to provide a thermal mass heat sink.

* Planning internal room placement and usage so the rooms used during the day…

Get a Loft Conversion Estimate with Green in Mind

March 30, 2010
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Loft Conversions aren’t necessarily the first thing that spring to mind when you think of ‘going green’, but it’s possible to get a loft conversion estimate these days that takes the environment into consideration. Companies are becoming more and more aware of the importance of being environmentally friendly and this has spilled over into the building trade and in particular the work of loft conversion companies. Whether it’s decreasing the amount of distance that materials have to travel or using environmentally friendly products and methods, the loft conversion trade is going green in a big way.

This is reflected in loft conversions costs and many websites, such as Truss Loft’s, now offer…

The Top Five Tips for Green Architecture

March 4, 2010
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Going “green” is all the rage and it is no wonder. The benefits of being environmentally aware transcends to saving the planet in unexpected ways. By being “green” we often see instant benefits by the money we save. The use of “green architecture” when building and remodeling is no exception.

Find the top five tips for green architecture below:

1. Recycled materials

There are no limits to the recycled materials that can be used in green architecture designs. Domesticated wood can be used for flooring, trim and exposed wood ceilings. Recycled rubber tire chips can be used in landscaping. Even broken glass fragments are being used inside walls for insulation.

2. Solar panels…

Going Green is All Worth It

February 26, 2010
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There are two benefits offered when one upgrades his home to be a green one. First, it contributes to a healthier environment both now and in the future. Second is it can save homeowners big when it comes to energy costs.

How much impact does a green home have on the environment, you ask? The government reports that “Energy Star qualified homes built in 2009 are the equivalent of: Eliminating emissions from 51,645 vehicles; Savings 312,399,672 lbs of coals; Planting 85,372 acres of trees and saving in the environment 612,678,574 pounds of CO2.”

Many homeowners stay away from green construction and green upgrades because of the upfront cost. However, while some estimates…

The New Construction Techniques

February 24, 2010
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The advancement of the new construction techniques evolved together with the new materials, possible for its development if it is not associated with it. For instance, large glass panels could not have been used in the eighteenth century even if they had been available. No large-span lintel-support back then. Both new materials and new techniques are developed to be able for the architects to be free to design. Today’s structures are usually a combination of old and new skeleton-frame, curtain wall and cantilevered constructions are good examples of old post-and-lintel.

The skeleton frame is one of the first techniques developed. It employs modern materials. It is an open frame to which a…

Consider These Five Key Points for Green Architecture

February 18, 2010
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Reducing the wide scale construction on environment through sticking to a minimalist attitude regarding the consumption of energy, building materials and development space is the basic motto of green architecture.

The following are key points to consider for green architecture:

Using Small Space Is Critical To Green Architecture

Building smaller houses has become the order of the day. We cannot afford to waste natural resources and earth space to fulfill our desire of constructing and living in extravagant houses. Smaller houses means more people get accommodation without wasting too much of natural resources.

Solar Energy and Green Architecture Coincide Side By Side

All our energy resources are on the verge of getting used up. Hence,…

Build Your Own Cord Wood Home

February 12, 2010
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Recently, many potential homeowners are facing the tough financing situations. The government does not seem to have any workable solutions and seems to just get us further into the ravine of recession other than allowing big banks to run even further off the course. The following strategies might just help you build your own green home.

Build a cord wood home

Saving a lot of money via building your own cord wood home is easier than you could possibly think. First, cord wood construction is simply using lengths of firewood (cord wood) embedded into mortar structure. This wood is built into the wall in a perpendicular fashion and creates a wall…