A green home design combines environmental decisions and resource efficiency into each step of building and development of an entire home to lower environmental impact. For a home to be considered ‘green’ it must focus on energy and water efficiency in the design, building and operation of the home. A green home design has to take into account the kind of impact the home has on the environment.
1. Build a home that is just the right size.
There is not necessary for a home to be any larger than what a family needs. Smaller designs use fewer materials, are easier on the environment and less expensive. It also costs much less to heat and cool a smaller house.
2. Use solar energy for heating water and electricity.
Both photovoltaic panels and solar water heating panels can be used for these. This is renewable energy that is effective, saves money and is better for greenhouse gas emissions and pollution.
3. Design a roof that will collect rain water to be used around the home.
It is very easy to design a roof that gutters the runoff to a central location to be collected. This water can be used for irrigation, washing clothes and flushing toilets.
4. Consider the type of building materials used in the design of the home.
Find local sources for materials and choose materials that are natural and gone through less industrial processing. The more natural the material, the less toxic it will be.
5. Use sunlight to provide light into the home.
Money can be saved if skylights, windows and light tunnels are used to provide lig