It is hard to quantify many of the benefits of building green. How much is cleaner air worth? What about a quieter home? Lower carbon footprint, cleaner air, improved indoor air quality, and lower energy bills are all great reasons to build green.
Green homes save you money
Every home requires energy to keep the appliances and the lights running and to maintain a comfortable temperature and hot running water. This requires electricity and in most cases some other fuel like natural gas or oil for heating. With the price of fuel continually on the rise and even steeper increases likely in the coming years, it makes sense to free yourself from these price fluctuations by creating your own power. Energy stored in the Earth and from the Sun is abundant, free and available for the taking if you have the right technology.
How much will you spend on energy (electricity and heating fuel combined) in the next 25 years or so? Even assuming a relatively steady and predictable energy price increase each year, it adds up to a lot of money. When evaluating the true price of energy saving technology and renewable energy systems, you must compare the total operating cost over time rather than simply the up-front costs.
The up-front cost of most “green” energy saving home features and renewable energy systems like solar panels and higher R-value windows is admittedly higher than conventional products but when you look at the total cost over time, you will find “green” will save you green in the long run. With payback times ranging from about 1-10 years, and systems lasting at least 20 and far more in some cases, your energy savings over time are huge. Plus you get the benefit of locking into fixed energy costs.
Green homes save the environment
We’ve all heard the dire warnings about global warming and peak oil. Residential energy use accounts for somewhere near 25% of carbon emissions in the U.S.. Building homes that are not reliant on fossil fuel for heating, cooling, hot water, and electricity is the only responsible and moral thing to do. Sustainably sourced materials and water conservation further improve a home’s environmental imprint.
Green homes improve your quality of life
In addition to the tangible benefits of cost savings and reduced carbon emissions, better insulation and quiet geothermal systems make for a more peaceful home. Low or no VOC paints and finishes improve indoor air quality and therefore your family’s health.
Custom Design Build
If you want a home just like every other, then by all means buy one of the many existing homes on the market today. If you are going to get a custom home, get one that is designed for you and your lifestyle. We believe that homes should work for their occupants. Homes should be functional and suit their owners. With our design-build process, you get a home that fits you just right.
True green commitment
When it comes to green, we are committed. New Ground LLC didn’t “go green” as a marketing strategy. We started out green from the beginning because we are truly committed to energy conservation and environmental protection.
In house construction team
We are proud to complete many facets of your home “in-house”. We subcontract only what we have to and keep our own crew doing the rest. We believe this is a more holistic way of building and offers our client continuity throughout their project and a sense of community and connection with the people who are building the home they hopefully will live in for many years to come.
Above all, we are focused on our clients. We are committed to designing and building the home of your dreams, custom tailored just for you, your family, and your lifestyle. Whether it is a new home or a new deck we want you to be 100% satisfied with every aspect of your project. So please give us a call to get started.
If you’ve been searching the web looking for information on green building, you’ve probably come across information about modular companies, touting their green credentials. While some of their claims have some validity, we believe that a stick built home, constructed on site is superior for a number of reasons:
* Better energy efficiency
* More options
* Better for the local economy – like other automation and mechanization of production processes, modular homes shift jobs away from the local economy.
* More personal – it is nice to know the faces of the people who put your home together and get the chance to watch the home be built from the ground up.