Build Green and Save The Green in Your Wallet

February 28, 2011 | Author: | Posted in Reference & Education

Building green homes is a growing worldwide movement with the purpose of saving the environment but more importantly, money. For years we’ve been hearing about the dangers of global warming and the deadly consequences of doing nothing. Highlighted, most notably by the Al Gore film “An Inconvenient Truth” where he uses extensive statistical data as well as sad and dramatic images of dying whales and baby seals. The green movement was being driven more and more by guilt and fear rather than common sense. Luckily there are people out there who are willing to do something about the environment as opposed to Al Gore with his Carbon Credits scam.

Green Architecture is fast becoming a leading niche among architects with more and more of them trying to get in on the green. It’s kind of funny that this movement is picking up pace now despite the fact that the technology to build green homes has been around for decades.

Green homes are, by definition, homes or buildings that consume significantly less energy and thus minimize the carbon footprint of the people living or working there. Now the most commonly known method of reducing energy consumption is to utilize the sun’s energy through the use of solar panels. The use of wind turbines to harness the wind’s energy is also well known and widespread in some parts of the world. However, thermal storage, a combination of different technologies that allows for the storage of thermal energy for later use, is less known even though it’s been around for many years. It involves thermal energy storage through hollow core slabs and precast concrete which results in radiant floor and wall heating as well as cooling.

The environmental benefits of such technology are clear, however, the financial gains are very significant as well. People are reporting that they cut their energy bills by more than half as a result of building such energy efficient structures and now people are choosing green homes over traditional homes, not because they are environmentally conscious but rather to save money in these troubling economic times. So whether you are a hippy environmentalist or just a greedy capitalist, sustainable development has a lot to offer.

Furthermore, there has been much encouragement from the US as well as Canadian governments enticing people to build green in return for some significant tax breaks. Building green schools, universities and other public structures is becoming a common practice in North America and some European countries in order to reduce energy costs but also help the environment. So people who were once reluctant and sceptical about green building are building green themselves, not to save the environment but rather to save their wallet.

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