Green Homes Scarborough ME

This page provides useful content and local businesses that can help with your search for Green Homes. You will find helpful, informative articles about Green Homes, including "What Makes a Green Home Green?". You will also find local businesses that provide the products or services that you are looking for. Please scroll down to find the local resources in Scarborough, ME that will answer all of your questions about Green Homes.

Maine Home Builders, LLC
(207) 729-9912
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Carnevale Construction Co, Inc.
(603) 493-0272
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Atlantic Housewrights
(207) 450-8141
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Spring Island, LLC
(207) 807-7256
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Taggart Construction Co., Inc.
(207) 865-2281
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Mainland Structures Corporation
(207) 856-1817
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Stultz Building, Inc.
(207) 432-8881
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes, Owner/Builder

State Manufactured Homes
(207) 883-2512
Portland, ME
Specialty
Manufactured Homes

Chretien Construction Inc.
(207) 284-5843
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built Homes

Atlantic Home Performance, LLC
(207) 357-2970
Portland, ME
Specialty
Site-Built 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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