5 Benefits of Building Sustainable Homes
Updated: Aug 4, 2020
Sustainable homes are tuned in to their natural surroundings, incorporating eco-friendly materials and building processes. Not only are they aesthetically beautiful, Hin Fah's custom green homes offer far-reaching social, economic and environmental advantages.
1. Sustainable Homes are Energy and Water Efficient
How would you like to lower you utility bills and even have the ability to “live off the grid”? Green building practices significantly reduce dependency on non-renewable sources, which are expensive and major contributors to environmental pollution.
Energy efficiency is at the core of green home building. Features include solar panels, closed foam insulation, natural ventillation, sealed attic spaces, low-emissivity windows, advanced framing techniques and energy-efficient appliances. As a homeowner, your costs are reduced along with the decrease in cooling requirements.
In terms of water usage, sustainable homes help to preserve supplies for future generations. With the use of efficient plumbing to reduce waste, high-efficiency appliances and advanced irrigation systems, you can rest assured you’re using natural resources responsibly.
It’s now even possible to build a Net Zero home, which means your house is essentially powered by the energy created by its eco-friendly systems.
2. Low Operating Costs
With construction techniques to ensure the efficient use of water and energy, it makes sense that operating costs of sustainable homes are reduced. Enhanced daylight throughout the home, solar heating and environmentally-friendly lighting are just a few of the money-saving options.
Furthermore, green homes are durable. This means you’ll spend less money on maintenance over time, due to the use of long-lasting, recycled materials and sustainable design in features. After all, the very definition of sustainability is “something that lasts”, which is great news for the life-span of your dream, custom home.
3. Reduced Environmental Footprint
Building homes that are made to last considerably reduces your environmental footprint. For example, think about the simple task of replacing carpet or decking every few years. The old material has to be thrown out, which contributes to landfill, while new material must be sourced, processed, delivered and installed.
Green homes offer sustainable substitutions from the first phase of development. The building practices minimize waste and recycle materials, which helps achieve efficient use. Best of all, as they’re built with the intention of reducing energy consumption, sustainable homes reduce emissions that impact climate change.
4. Increased Property Value
The environmentally-conscious trend for green building has spilled over into market value, for homeowners. In recent times, numerous industry studies suggest that green homes result in higher resale values, across the country. In fact, many buyers view sustainable features as “must haves”, so green homes are also selling much faster than their counterparts.
New home buyers know the perks of sustainable living, so in terms of investment potential, eco-friendly properties are the way of the future.
5. Healthier and Happier Living
Indoor air-quality is of utmost importance for your health and green home building incorporates products that use low, or no Volatile Organic Compound. This means items like paints, cleaners and adhesives contain fewer harmful chemicals like formaldehyde, which is a well-known human carcinogen.
Apart from the reduction in toxic substances, green living literally reduces stress and improves quality of life. Emphasis on harmonious design, reduced costs and simplified processes that benefit the whole community, contribute to long term happiness.
At Hin Fah, we can make this particular dream come true, so you can experience the benefits of your own sustainable home.