Eco-friendly or green homes are built with smart designs and minimal maintenance. Eco-friendly houses should be made with materials that can either be recycled or are not derived from fossil fuels. Eco-friendly homes can be created with the help of building materials which do not deforest. Check the following before investing in an eco friendly apartment or house.
Builder or Developer: As the demand for eco friendly homes, green apartments or green buildings increases, builders and developers are finding innovative ways to create them. If you are looking to buy a home or apartment, make sure the builder or developer is certified in green home construction.
Materials used in different regions: Material used for green building or homes varies from one area to the next depending on location, climate, etc. If you are able to access the materials, then the building site is a good place to start. It is better to use materials that are close to the home to reduce the impact on the environment. Energy efficiency: Eco friendly homes or apartments that are in an energy efficient building reduce their electricity consumption by using solar lighting and alternative sources. When purchasing an eco-friendly house or apartment, check that the builder or developer took into consideration energy consumption and has used latest technologies to reduce your utility bill. Energy Star ratings are required for all appliances installed or used. Energy Star-rated appliances will reduce your energy bills and help you save money.
Natural cooling and heat: Take advantage of the wind to cool your home in summer or warm it in winter. By positioning your windows properly, you can prevent your home from being heated up by the sun in the morning and evening. Waste management, water conservation and green building principles are now being used by architects and builders in their construction projects. Eco-friendly houses or buildings generate less waste. Waste water is then recycled or treated and used to water gardens and flush toilets. In apartment complexes, the sewage plant and mini-sewage plants manage waste efficiently. Consider “going green” by building eco-friendly homes when purchasing or constructing a new home. People are building more homes with eco-friendly materials and techniques. They are also making changes to their homes. It is best to achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), certification in order to show that your construction project is truly green.