Green building focuses on creating energy efficiency through renewable materials.
Energy savings can also substantially reduce the cost of owning a manufactured or modular home, lowering monthly utility costs after your home is constructed. Some available options to have a more energy efficient home include:
Energy Star Products
ENERGY STAR is a government-backed program promoting energy-efficient products and practices. Their products include lighting, appliances and electronics and are a simple fix that saves about $100 a year in utility costs.
Tankless Water Heaters
These water heaters work by only heating water on demand, wasting far less water than an ordinary water heater. They can provide an endless amount of hot water for your shower or bath and are the size of a suitcase, allowing for easy installation in any home.
Choosing energy-efficient light fixtures and bulbs can greatly reduce your energy consumption with little effort. Using exterior light fixtures with a motion-sensor or a setting for turning on only after dusk prevents keeping lights on during the daytime. Fluorescent light bulbs or ENERGY STAR approved products both indoors and outdoors can decrease energy consumption as well.
Efficient Plumbing Structures
Purchasing water saving plumbing accessories for your bathrooms and kitchen is a cost-efficient and easy way to incorporate GREEN aspects into your home. Water efficient toilets and low- flow showerheads and faucets consume less water, use less energy and save money altogether.
Ultra High R-value Material Insulation
Insulating two to four times better than traditional insulation materials, this insulation helps create a more quiet and energy efficient home, saving money on heating and cooling bills. It can also be made from recycled material.
Low VOC (Volatile Organic Compounds) Paint
This paint releases less harmul gases and pollutants into the environment, especially during the wet and drying process as they are virturally odor free.
Water Filteration Systems
Installing a water filtration system in your home instead of buying bottled water is an easy way to become more green.
Materials such as low-toxin wood finishes are eco-friendly as they emit less toxic fumes and harmul gases.
Vinyl Framed, Dual Pane, Low-E Windows
Low-E windows help reduce heat loss and minimize UV rays which often fade fabrics and flooring in your home. Dual pane windows also provide both thermal and sound insulation. Different kinds of coatings and glazes can also make windows five to ten time more energy efficient than normal, unglazed windows.
Cellulose Attic Insulation
Made from recycled newspaper, this insulation fully encapsulates utility runs while saving energy and reducing air and sound infiltrations.
White Roofing Shingles
White shingles reflect heat and keep the surface of your roof cooler while saving energy simultaneously.
Building Wrap & Vapor Barriers
This option helps to keep drafts and moisture out of a home while allowing it to breathe. The wrap also prevents condensation in walls of the home.
Finger-Jointed Interior Studs
These studs are made by bonding shorter secctions of lumber together with adhesives. Reducing waste, this now longer lumber offers superior strength and lessens the chance of warping.
Manufactured Wood Trim & Moldings
Manufactured from recycled wood, these materials are also resistant to warping and splittin,g providing high-quality materials for your home.
Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing
Offering heat reflection, radiant barrier roof sheathing can help lower an attic's temperature, improving energy efficiency in a home.
Fiber Cement Siding
Durable, easy to maintain and long lasting, this siding is also resistant to moisture, termites and more.