Building Green, Build Efficient
Homebuyers across the country are increasingly interested in "green building". The term green building can be a bit confusing and means different things to different people.
At Ryzen Homes, green building means building a home more energy efficient, paying attention to indoor air quality, and reducing waste when building a home. At Ryzen Homes, we understand the importance of building better homes and have worked hard to build homes to higher standards. If building a better home is important to you, we offer a ENERGY STAR rated home building options for all our modular and prefab homes.
But what exactly makes a home green?
Green building means improving the way that homes are constructed and the way they perform.
Did You Know?
A typical home can cause twice the greenhouse gas emissions as a car?
Greener home sites use energy, water, and materials to reduce impacts on human
health and the environment. Building a green home means making environmentally -preferable and sustainable decisions throughout the building process-decisions that will minimize the environmental impact of the home while it is being built and over the many years it will be lived in.
What should homebuyers look for first in a Green Home?
Energy efficiency is the place to start. That's because the energy used in homes often comes from the burning of fossil fuels at power plants, which contributes to smog, acid rain, and risks of global climate change. So, the less energy used, the less air pollution generated. And the easy way to make sure a new home is energy efficient is to look for the blue ENERGY STAR mark, the government -backed symbol for energy efficiency. Also, building an energy efficient home will save you a lot of money, something we all appreciate.
ENERGY STAR qualified homes are independently verified to meet strict guidelines for energy efficiency set by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These homes save money on utility bills, provide a more comfortable living environment with better indoor air quality, and help protect the environment.
Green Home Features:
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- An Efficient Home Envelope, with effective levels of wall, floor and attic insulation properly installed, comprehensive air barrier details, and high-performance windows;
- Efficient Air Distribution, where ducts are installed with minimum air leakage and are effectively insulated;
- Efficient Equipment for heating, cooling, and water heating;
- Efficient Lighting, including fixtures that earn the ENERGY STAR; and
- Efficient Appliances, including ENERGY STAR qualified dishwashers, refrigerators, and clothes washers.
These energy efficiency improvements save homeowners money — about $200 to $400 per year on utility bills. More importantly, monthly energy savings can easily exceed any additional mortgage cost for the energy efficiency improvements, resulting in a positive cash flow from the first day of home ownership. As a result, the cost-effectiveness of ENERGY STAR improvements can help offset additional costs associated with other green home features. At Ryzen Homes our homeowners are averaging yearly energy savings of $800 to $1,800 per year! When factored into a mortgage, its like saving over $25,000 on the cost of your home upfront. Green building is a powerful money saver, today and well into the future.
What comes after energy efficiency?
Homebuyers can also look for the ENERGY STAR Indoor Air Package label — a new specification developed by EPA to address the indoor environment component of green building. Homes that achieve this level of excellence are first qualified as ENERGY STAR, and then also incorporate more than 60 additional home design and construction features to control moisture, chemical exposure, radon, pests, ventilation, and filtration. Together, these features help protect qualified homes and their residents from mold, chemicals, combustion gases, and other airborne pollutants.
Did You Know?
Each ENERGY STAR qualified home can keep 4,500 lbs of greenhouse gases out of our air each year. And because homes have such long life spans, this environmental benefit lasts for many, many years.
Completing the green home picture
Through ENERGY STAR qualified homes and the ENERGY STAR Indoor Air Package, homebuyers can address two critical green home elements. Then, look to the wide variety of available green home programs to complete the picture with water-efficient products, renewable energy technologies, waste reduction, recycling, and sustainable land development practices.
At Ryzen Homes, it is our mission to help you build the greenest home you can afford. Green building does not have to break the bank to be effective. In fact, if done correctly, you should save a significant amount of money from day one. Whether you choose our owner/build program, turn-key, or framing package, we can help guide you through the green building process. Don't build your next home until you learn about building a home that provides you with instant energy savings up to 60%, healthy indoor air quality, less volatile organic compounds, more durable, less maintenance, and better resale values.
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