Most everyone has heard about going green and being eco-friendly and sustainable, but many do not actually know what a sustainable home is. According to positivefootprints.com, a sustainable house is simply one that makes effective use of resources and energy flows available to the site. Perhaps it uses the sun to keep the house warm in the winter, heat the water and produce the power. Or the home uses the wind to channel prevailing breezes to cool in summer. A truly sustainable home uses nature as a role model, because in nature there is no waste and all the resources come from passive means that don’t make pollution. If you’re considering building custom home with less environmental impact, here are some popular materials for building a sustainable custom home.
Recycled Materials: With our planet’s ecology at its tipping point, it’s no wonder so many are choosing to build green and using recycled materials are a popular option. In fact, the reuse of recycled materials is beginning to stand out as an innovative, highly effective, and artistic expression of sustainable design. Home builders have been getting creative with old materials like plastic PET bottles, beer bottles, and airplane wings. Even unorthodox materials such as soda cans and tires are being discovered as recyclable building materials.
Natural Insulation Materials: Most natural buildings avoid using foam insulation and vinyl siding and opt instead to work with more natural options. According to the Natural Building Network, the options are endless. Everything from adobe, bamboo, cob, papercrete, straw bale, to slate, thatch, clay, and cedar shingles can be nicely incorporated into a modern custom sustainable home.
Salvaged Materials: The EPA estimates that the 170 million tons of annual building construction, renovation and demolition-derived waste account for nearly 60 percent of the nation’s non-industrial, non-hazardous solid waste. If keeping construction material out of the landfill is an important factor, owners may opt to take apart an old structure piece by piece and reuse the materials in a new home to give it history and beauty.
The best part about building a new custom home is that it gives you the perfect opportunity to not only to add your own style onto the place you live, but also to eliminate rising energy bills, cut back on home waste, and adopt green measures to improve not only the quality of your life but the environment as well. At Crystal Creek Builders, we build each of our custom homes to provide comfort and energy savings.
We assure peace of mind for our homeowners through added health, safety and increased environmental quality. Every new Crystal Creek Home includes vital HEALTH SMART ™ features such as highly energy efficient home design, extensive use of recycled natural materials when possible, energy efficient construction framing, low water-use toilets and faucets and sensitivity to nature preservation.
If you’re looking to build a custom home in Prescott that’s sustainable and eco-friendly, contact Crystal Creek Builders today for a free lot evaluation.
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