Green home building and design have made the leap from early trend to commonplace. Today’s homeowners are focusing on smart, sustainable choices that are highly functional and beautiful while causing the least amount of impact on natural resources. If you’re looking for some eco-friendly home features to help make your home more green, look no further.
It’s not just up to scientists and farmers to conserve water. Although fresh water flows freely from our taps, 97% of all water on earth is salt water — which means we can’t drink it.
Protecting our most valuable natural resource is easier than you’d think. We love appliances like low-flow toilets, and low-flow showerheads can save a whopping 15 gallons of water during a 10-minute shower. When it comes to outdoor water usage, rainwater collection barrels let you capture and store rainwater for later use, which reduces the demand on our existing water supply. And landscaping methods such as xeriscaping use native plants and little to no water, so you get a gorgeous yardscape that’s as sustainable as can be!
High-Performance HVAC Design
Your HVAC is not exactly the most glamorous part of your home, but it’s one of the most important features for keeping you comfortable. Unfortunately, if it’s not smartly designed, it also holds the potential to be a massive waste of energy — and therefore money.
An intentionally designed HVAC system, however, maintains a consistent temperature to ensure that your home is perfectly warmed and cooled to your liking — without wasting energy unnecessarily. High-performance HVAC design takes into account equipment size, efficiency of ductwork, lifespan, and installation to improve air quality and strengthen your home’s structural envelope.
Ductless mini-split heat pumps have become the green-minded go-to for heating and cooling in well-insulated homes — especially in areas like Austin, where winters are mild — but your builder will be able to help you choose the unit that’s best suited to your home.
Not only are they a luxurious feature in any kitchen and a consistent winner on home design trend lists, but quartz countertops are also a sustainable choice that you can feel good about. Quartz is a natural stone, and its recycled content and low-emission materials make it an eco-friendly alternative to marble, laminate, and other man-made materials. It’s just as durable as granite, and because it’s resistant to scratches, chipping, and heat, it’ll outlive other countertops made from manufactured materials.
Plus, quartz is a safer and healthier option. Because it’s a nonporous material, it won’t harbor and grow bacteria and mold, which makes it a perfect hygienic choice for the kitchen.
Low-E Windows and Sliding-Glass Doors
Who doesn’t love the look of a large, uninterrupted window to showcase a gorgeous view? Plenty of natural light is a must for most homeowners, since it completely transforms the feel of a space. And there’s no better way to incorporate natural light than with a strategically placed picture window or sliding glass door.
Windows and doors made from low-emissivity glass — also known as low-E glass — help maintain your home’s temperature, thanks to a transparent coating that has the ability to radiate heat energy. During hot Austin summers, low-E coatings reduce heat absorption by reflecting solar heat away from your home. During cold months, your home’s interior heat is reflected back into your home, for the ultimate in energy efficiency.
Looking for Austin Construction Builders for Your New Home?
Choosing to go green at home doesn’t have to be difficult or expensive — in fact, these sustainable features save on energy and natural resources, which ends up saving you money in the long run. Here at Paradisa Homes, we’re passionate about sustainable design. We’ve got years of experience building high-performance, energy-efficient homes that strike a balance of beauty and environmental responsibility.
Contact us today to learn how our architects and designers can help you build a new home that captures your unique vision of style and sustainability.