Environmental Considerations of Green Built Homes
A Johnson Custom Homes, Built Green Home is more environmentally friendly by focusing on six major categories. These six items affect our environment in the following ways:
1. Energy Efficiency
Energy Efficiency in a Built Green Home is environmentally friendly because lower electricity and natural gas consumption reduces air pollution created by power plants, and burning natural gas. In fact, Air Pollution from these sources will be the most significant environmental impact a home has on our environment.
2. Resource Efficiency
Resource Efficiency in a Built Green Home is more environmentally friendly because the construction materials and methods have a lower impact on the limited natural resources our Earth has to offer. Built Green homes use lumber materials that use less of our world’s forestry resources. The wood materials are selected to minimize use of "old growth" forests, and when possible, wood materials from "sustainably harvested" forests (a tree planted for each one cut) is used. The construction methods also allow for the removal of some lumber materials where they are unnecessary. Other materials selected are highly durable, which means they will need to be replaced less frequently, eliminating the use of future natural resources and saving space in our landfills. Recycled materials require less energy and new resources.
3. Site Planning
Site Planning for a Built Green Home is environmentally friendly because the home will have less of an environmental impact with better planning. Minimal excavation of the building site retains natural vegtation and wildlife habitat. Preserving mature trees improves air quality as trees remove greenhouse gases from the air. Preserving tree canopy coverage also keeps temperatures in check by limiting heat buildup from urban landscapes. Built Green homes minimize water quality impacts. By containing soil and sediment (erosion control) on site, local waterways remain clearer and healthier for aquatic life. Water quality can also be improved by using Permeable Pavement. This allows groundwater to be recharged as it would be in a natural system.
4. Indoor Air Quality
Indoor Air Quality in a Built Green Home is more environmentally friendly because materials and methods incorporated create healthier indoor environments. Materials used to construct standard homes often contain harmful chemicals which are emitted to the indoor environment. Johnson Custom Homes strives to select natural materials or materials without these chemicals to construct homes. Additionally, natural gas consuming appliances create byproducts during combustion that can be harmful. By using appliances designed to assure these contaminants are removed from inside the home, Built Green homes help to preserve the environment.
5. Waste Management
Waste Management in a Built Green Home is more environmentally friendly because waste is conscientiously reduced and/or recycled, which helps protect the Earth's limited natural resources. Conscientious ordering, planning, and storage of construction materials reduces excess which means no more than is absolutely necessary of a given material (and their respective natural resource; wood, metal, etc.) is used or disposed. Inevitably, the construction process does create excess materials. Johnson Custom Homes recognizes the importance of recycling construction waste. Recycling saves space in our landfills and ensures our limited natural resources will be used again as opposed to buried in a landfill. Additionally, the energy used and pollution created to bring raw materials into a usable product can be avoided by recycling and reusing products.
6. Water Conservation
Water Conservation in a Built Green Home is more environmentally friendly because water is a limited natural resource, and conserving water is less taxing on our environment. Using water efficiently helps to ensure an adequate supply will be available when necessary. Johnson Custom Homes makes use of a broad selection of products available for water conservation within the home.