Green Buildings and Health

builtgreen.gifThere are a number of buzz words and phrases going around the home industry these days. “Built Green” is one of them and the largest green building program in the nation is Built Green Colorado. Some of the key benefits of Built Green homes include Saving money and resources, Durability and Low-Maintenance and Healthy and Comfortable Indoor Environments.

Immediate Benefits of Green Features

Most of the features listed in the Built Green Checklist have an overall environmental benefit addressing one or more of the three areas of environmental concern above. There are many other, more immediate benefits that accrue to the homeowner. These include:

* Lower monthly costs
* Improved resale
* Greater comfort
* Quieter
* Improved Indoor Air Quality
* Greater safety
* Greater Durability
* Less maintenance
As we’ve seen the cost of natural gas prices and water prices go up, it’s useful to know that properly-sized and highly-efficient furnaces, air-conditioners, and water heaters save money every month. They also require less maintenance than standard units. Natural Gas and Liquid Propane are the two most common fuels used in Colorado for heating along with electricity.

There are also many Environmental Features and Benefits of Built Green homes. I like the tag line on the Built Green Website: “Built Green. Maybe We Should Have Called It Built Better”

The benefits of using energy wisely have been touted for years, particularly since the energy crisis of the 70s. But we have grown complacent by the relatively low costs of energy over the last decade. Up until fairly recently, we paid our utility bill without much scrutiny. Now, however, with energy prices rising, energy costs take a noticeable piece of the budget, so energy efficiency makes clear economic sense. It’s certain that energy prices will rise above current levels, so an energy-efficient home is going to be an asset in the coming years.

The growing brown cloud over the Front Range is in part a result of how much energy we use in our homes. Electricity generated by coal-burning power plants results in emissions of carbon dioxide, sulfur dioxide and nitrous oxides. Natural gas fired electricity generation also contributes significant amounts of carbon dioxide to our air. Reducing the average house’s energy use by 30% will reduce carbon dioxide emissions by about 34,000 pounds over its 30-year lifetime.
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-Zachary Epps, full-time professional Realtor® and EcoBroker®

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