Eco-Friendly Residences Bring Home Luxury
Clean is the word. Clean eating. Clean energy. Clean water. Clean living. It’s no surprise that green home construction has emerged as the new luxury. A green home meets green standards of site design, resource efficiency, energy efficiency, indoor environmental quality and efficient building operation and maintenance. Green homes reduce carbon footprints and lower energy needs.
If you’re looking for a home that is healthier, more comfortable and more energy efficient, this article provides the knowledge you need to make informed decisions during the home buying process, so you can get everything you want in your next home.
Home Performance Inside & Out
Green homes are built better. They incorporate features designed to improve the quality of life of the people who live in them. They make your family’s life more comfortable, healthier and more sustainable. And, they can save you money on monthly utility bills.
Watch the video to discover the differences between a green home and a traditional home. Learn how to work with your real estate professional and home builder to harness the benefits of green home constructions by asking the right questions.
Green Construction 101
Over the years, homebuilding has evolved to include features that boost energy efficiency, improve indoor air quality and create a better living experience for homeowners, but few people have a clear idea of how the systems in their homes can affect their health, comfort and finances. Home performance focuses on the way a home is built so all the materials, features and systems work together to provide an optimal level of comfort. And thanks to smart technology, homeowners can easily access information to monitor their home’s energy use, air quality and more – allowing them to adjust their habits and see improvements real-time.
Some features to look for include:
- Improved insulation
- Moisture management
- Efficient heating and cooling systems
- Energy Star appliances
- LED or other energy-efficient lighting
- Low volatile organic compound (VOC) paints and wood
- Smart thermostats
Some homes have a variety of features that make them eligible for green certifications. Many green certifications are based on independent, third-party inspections and ensure that the hidden materials and systems behind the walls are installed correctly, are high quality, and function as intended to increase efficiency and, in some cases, promote healthier indoor living environments. When it’s time to resell, third-party certifications are an easy way to confirm construction practices and materials, providing more complete information for home valuation.
You Can Feel the Green Difference
Think about the ease of living in a space that provides more comfort, better air quality, less noise, and more money in your pocket through energy and water savings – all while having access to the places you want to go. While not every green home is guaranteed to check all these boxes, they’re built with these principles in mind. Step into a green home, and you’ll not only notice a difference in the features you can see, you’ll also feel the benefit of those features that you can’t see behind the walls. For instance:
- Better and proper insulation can lead to more a comfortable living space.
- High-performing systems and appliances in a home often lead to quieter, more predictable operation and maintenance.
- Proper air movement and ventilation can lead to fewer allergens and healthier spaces.
- Sustainable building materials often use fewer chemicals and irritants than more traditional materials.
The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) notes that most people spend roughly 90 percent of their time indoors and estimates that the air inside our homes and buildings is far more polluted than outdoor air. Several studies show that these indoor pollutants have the potential to cause health issues such as allergies, asthma or autoimmune disorders.
People living in green homes often note the major difference healthy indoor air can make – things like less respiratory irritation caused by chemicals or particulates and even fewer symptoms in people with asthma. All aspects of green homes contribute to an improved, cozy environment in which you can breathe easy, live, and relax comfortably with your family and friends.
But green performance doesn’t end with the four walls of the house. In addition to the comfort and health benefits provided indoors, many green homes offer outdoor benefits as well. Many green developments have increased walkability, access to parks and tree-lined streets. Studies show that these types of walkable communities can increase safety and accessibility. Having pedestrian-friendly access to parks, transit, shops and restaurants not only contributes to your quality of life, but could also boost your property value.
Each piece of the green home puzzle comes together to provide a home that adds to your personal comfort, wallet, health and peace of mind.
If you are a discerning, environmentally-conscious individual, the green homes at Granada Park align with your sensibilities. They are NGBS certified with a focus on the following attributes:
- FGBC Certification
- Healthy Homes
- Low Operating Costs
- Energy Efficiency
- Sustainable Lifestyle
- Walkable Neighborhood
Located in Sarasota’s West of Trail area, between North Siesta Key and Oyster Bay, Granada Park offers green home construction with the leisure of a maintenance-free lifestyle in a highly-desirable location. These coastal-inspired residences are the ideal home base for a green lifestyle.