Green home

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A green home is a type of house designed to be environmentally friendly and sustainable. And also focuses on the efficient use of "energy, water, and building materials."[1] Green homes have become more prevalent as green affordable housing emerges. Green affordable housing shares the same aims as traditional green homes but emphasise affordability, inevitably reducing the environmental friendliness of the home.[citation needed] The idea of affordable green homes is a criticized topic with some critics[who?] saying that it is a fallacy and that green homes are inherently more costly than traditional homes. A green home uses generally less water, less electricity but more on recycled objects, on the materials of the house and when in use.

One of the biggest contributors to the environmental impact of a house is its carbon footprint. The carbon footprint is caused by burning fossil fuels (such as natural gas, coal, heating oil or propane) to heat the home and by burning fossil fuels in power stations to generate the electricity used by the house. A "green home" a "zero carbon home" and a "net-zero energy home" all mean essentially the same thing which is that a house uses so little energy for heating and electricity that all that energy is generated at the house. This usually means the electricity is generated by solar panels. Several architects have reported success in building zero carbon homes such as these examples:

Professor Phil Jones designed this house which was built in 2015 in the U.K.: https://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-33544831

Farr Associates designed this house which was built in 2011 in Chicago, U.S.: https://www.wired.com/2011/08/green-housing/

Although it is harder to achieve a zero carbon footprint on an existing house, it can be done as shown by these examples:

https://greenzerocarbonhome.com/home-page/outlines-of-the-chapters-of-the-book/summary-if-you-only-have-two-minutes-please-read-this/

https://www.fastcompany.com/3046525/in-just-a-week-this-kit-turns-old-houses-into-zero-energy-homes-for-free

http://www.greenbuildingadvisor.com/blogs/dept/musings/high-cost-deep-energy-retrofits

Return on investment has been reported at 15%, See here .

For more information see the Wikipedia page on zero carbon housing, here.

Components[edit]

The parts that make up a green home are not universally agreed upon. There are no national standards on what constitutes a green remodel, beyond non-profit certification. In general, a green home is a type of house that is built or remodeled in order to conserve "energy or water; improve indoor air quality; use sustainable, recycled or used materials; and produce less waste in the process." This may include buying more energy-efficient appliances or utilizing specific building materials that are more efficient in keeping both cool and heated air inside the structure.[2]

History[edit]

In 1963 hamari dost created the original major modern turn to the green building movement began in the 1970s, after the price of oil began to increase sharply. In response, researchers began to look into more energy efficient processes, following in the wake of the earlier environmental movement. Many different organizations were founded in the 1990s in order to promote green buildings and some organizations intended to improve the knowledge of consumers so that they could have more green homes. The International Code Council and the National Association of Home Builders began the paperwork in 2006 in order to create a "voluntary green home building standard".[3]

The Energy Policy Act was legalized in 2005, which allowed tax reductions for homeowners that could show their utilization of energy efficient changes to their homes, such as solar panels and other solar-powered devices.[4]

Certifications[edit]

There are various types of certifications globally that declare a home as a Green home. The U.S. Green Building Council is an example of a type of organization that gives out green home certifications.[5] Its certification is titled Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. The factors that it considers in its certification system include "the site location, use of energy and water, incorporation of healthier building and insulation materials, recycling, use of renewable energy, and protection of natural resources".[6]

The National Association of Home Builders also independently created its Model Green Home Building Guidelines during the same period as a type of certification, along with a number of other programs for various utilities.[7][8]

The Indian Green Building Council (IGBC), part of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) was formed in the year 2001. The council offers a wide array of services which include developing new green building rating programmes, certification services and green building training programmes.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Roberts, Jennifer (2003). Good green homes. Gibbs Smith. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  2. ^ Jennifer Alsever (June 5, 2007). "Green home remodeling still a gray area". MSNBC. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  3. ^ Queen, Bill; Lori Hall Steele; John Barrows; Lisa Iannucci (2009). The Complete Idiot's Guide to Green Building and Remodeling. Penguin. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  4. ^ Matt Woolsey (March 7, 2007). "Groundbreaking Green Home Tax Breaks". Forbes. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  5. ^ Janet Frankston (April 10, 2004). "Some buyers will pay more for 'green' home". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  6. ^ Streep, Meryl (2008). Green guide: the complete reference for consuming wisely. National Geographic Books. p. 290. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  7. ^ Yudelson, Jerry; S. Richard Fedrizzi (2008). The green building revolution. Island Press. p. 60. Retrieved November 27, 2010. 
  8. ^ Dennis, Lori (2010). Green Interior Design. Random House, Inc. Retrieved November 27, 2010.