Most people today understand the serious environmental issues we now face and are actively involved in doing their part to help protect the environment in any way they can. Over the past few decades, this has caused a virtual sea-change in the way people look at new home and building construction, which has changed the construction industry forever. Building "Green" is not just an option anymore, it has become the new standard for quality builders and contractors.
About twenty years ago, many builders began recognizing the urgent need to use more environmentally friendly materials and energy saving design features in their new home and building construction. Because these materials were in relatively low demand at the time, in the beginning they were often much more expensive than they are today. Builders were able to offer green materials and features in construction as add-ons or options, but all too often with an extra price tag to cover the cost of the materials.
Over time, demand for green building materials has increased dramatically, so the cost of materials has now come down. Major technological advances in the materials themselves, along with advances in manufacturing them, have now made them extremely cost effective to use and in most cases they will now actually save you money over time. That, combined with the strong desire by most consumers to have environmentally or eco-friendly homes, has spurred the shift to make using these materials relatively commonplace. Today, building "Green" has pretty much become the conventional standard among quality builders.
For decades now, Charles Boyd has been one of those leaders in Florida bringing the latest in Green design, building methods and materials to each home or commercial structure he builds. Charles Boyd Construction, Inc. has been a firm advocate of building greener, more energy efficient homes throughout Brevard County and we are a local leader in bringing these greener, more efficient, energy saving techniques to all of our new construction. When you want your new dream home to be as green and eco-friendly as possible, we can thoroughly discuss all of your building options, including appliances and air conditioning systems, to help you build a greener home.
So exactly what is green building? Green building is defined as using environmentally responsible and energy efficient materials and methods to create a home that will continue to be energy efficient throughout its lifetime. Building in this way minimizes the environmental impact of the building process and ensures that the home owner will have minimal utility bills through continued energy savings. The home will also be a healthy environment, as the use of potentially toxic chemicals and processes is minimized. This is particularly significant if your family includes children, the elderly or anyone with a respiratory condition or weak immune system.
Green Home Insulation Methods
Other advances in building greener homes are in insulating them and come in the form of improved expanding block foam insulation in the walls to spray foam in the ceilings. We highly recommend the use of both of these products in all of our new homes (please read more on our Home Insulation Page).
Green Home Window Installations
The windows you install are another important aspect of building Green. According to the Department of Energy, your windows can be the largest source of heat loss within your home and installing the proper windows can reduce heat loss by approx. 30% to 40%. Installing Low-E storm windows can save you even more energy. We always recommend using insulated Low-E windows at a minimum and impact glass that meets or exceeds the new codes for wind in Florida (please read more on our Home Windows Page).
When it comes time to choose the appliances for your dream home, this is another area in which there are many options to "build green". Of course, choosing only energy-efficient, Energy Star® appliances, from your fridge to your air conditioning system, is the optimal way to build green while using much less energy and saving money too.
Build Green With Your Finishing Touches
When you put the finishing touches on your home, the most environmentally friendly paints will be produced with minimal pollution and contain the least possible amounts of the toxic chemicals that are typically found in paints. Choosing environmentally friendly paints will also make sure that your home is as safe as possible for your family.
Construction of your home's landscaping and driveway provides another great opportunity to build in a way that is environmentally friendly. Regular concrete is a hard, impermeable surface that interferes with the natural circulation of water and replenishment of ground water. Because water cannot penetrate concrete, run-off problems are created. The water picks up pollutants such as gasoline and trash as it flows over the concrete and erosion can occur where it finally reaches groundwater. Use of more environmentally sound materials, such as brick pavers and crushed gravel, allows water to quickly penetrate and return to the water table. Paver bricks come in a wide assortment of colors and styles and have come down in price quite a bit recently. We strongly recommend that all of our home customers use brick pavers for the driveway and walkways.
These are just a few of the ways in which green building techniques can benefit both you and the environment. If you would like to use green building methods for your dream Florida home, Charles Boyd Construction, Inc. excels at all types of intelligent green home design and construction and of course, you can be assured that all Charles Boyd homes are also stylish and elegant, making your dream home both green and elegant. Charles Boyd Construction's team of experienced staff will be delighted to assist you.
If you're renovating or remodeling your Florida home, the government offers significant tax credits for installing features such as Energy Star appliances and energy-efficient furnaces and windows. If you need to purchase these items anyway, it makes sense to choose energy-efficient options that can save you money both on your taxes and your future energy bills. Modern energy-efficient appliances are just as stylish as other high-end models, so there's sure to be one that will match your home's style and decor. If you wish to save further on your energy bills, there are also tax credits available for installing solar panels, geothermal heat pumps and windmills.