Green Homes Elkhart IN

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Habitat for Humanity - Elkhart County
(574) 533-6109
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Affordable, Site-Built Homes

Miller Brothers Builders
(574) 533-8602
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Choose The Right Construction, Inc.
(574) 875-4455
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Choice Homes by Shawn Bornman, Inc.
(574) 831-3675
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Reliance Construction, Inc.
(574) 773-4308
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Oakbrook Homes
(877) 674-9912
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Garden Homes by E.L. Inc.
(574) 277-3500
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes, Developer

1-2-1 Designs, Inc.
(574) 825-1579
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Reliable Projects by Martin, Inc.
(574) 849-0718
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Commodore Homes
(574) 533-7100
Elkhart, IN
Specialty
Manufactured Homes

What Makes a Green Home Green?

Planning to build a green home can be confusing. What makes a green home green? What factors are most important and why?

Factors such as, building envelope, energy efficiency, indoor air quality, renewable energy, local conditions and green materials have significant effects on the health and efficiency of our homes. Deciding what matters the most to you and your family is up to you.

Protecting your home from the elements is one of the most important considerations. The building envelope is the separation between the interior and exterior of a home (essentially, it is the outer shell). This separation is usually made up of walls, a roof, and a foundation and is an important factor in the home’s efficiency.

Building envelope efficiency can be improved via enhancements such as better insulation, insulating window shades, high efficiency windows, and house orientation. After optimizing the energy performance of a building’s envelope it makes sense to consider forms of renewable energy. Solar electric and thermal systems capture energy from the sun reducing the reliance on electric and gas utilities and their associated utility bills.

Energy efficiency is an integral part of building a green home, but attention to the indoor air quality is important for the health of your family. Choose wood or concrete floors instead of carpeting, which traps dust and dirt. If you prefer carpet choose one with an adhesive that has low or no VOCs (volatile organic compounds, their dissipation into the air can harm the environment) or one made of organic fibers.

VOCs have traditionally been included in other building products, such as fiberglass insulation, paint, and particleboard. Today, many low or no-VOC alternatives are available. Air-exchange is also important to indoor air quality. Indoor and outdoor air needs to be exchanged adequately so that any naturally occurring indoor air pollutants such as smoke, air-borne bacteria, odors, and dust are eliminated.

The next factor to consider is location . Considering climate is important so you can build a home that withstands common weather patterns. Also, buying materials (like lumber and stone) that are produced locally (within 500 miles) of your home is a standard green practice because it cuts down on pollution caused by transporting materials.

Rapidly renewable or recycled materials can also be used during construction. Bamboo floors, for example, are both a beautiful and sustainable material. ...

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