In the present scenario, green real estate has become the latest trend in realty industry. Green building is the process of installing those building supplies that help to minimize the maintenance cost, and make the home more energy efficient. Speaking of energy efficiency, conservation is the major approach of green building. Green real estate is considered to be safer, healthier, more comfortable, and less expensive to operate. Installing solar panels is a great idea for those who are looking to build their own ‘green homes’.
In many countries, solar panels are installed to provide natural heating and cooling solutions in all weather conditions. With energy costs constantly increasing, it becomes essential to think about a complete overhaul in the building orientation, such as considering for using roof overhangs, or making window adjustments, using reflective barriers, and employing other techniques that help to control solar energy. During the summer season, it would be best to install solar screens and overhangs to protect the home from direct sunlight. It would best to avoid having greenhouses and skylights, as sunlight can penetrate easily and thus resulting in excessive heat gain.
During the winter months, solar heaters could be installed to capture the heat and keep the warmth of the rooms intact during the evening. By considering an open flooring plan, home owners can optimize the effect of solar heating or cooling. Proper placement of doors and windows would allow cross ventilation and entrap the prevailing breeze. It would be best to consider adjustable window panes to ensure constant air flow throughout the house. A thermal chimney with vents would be helpful to evacuate hot air currents out of the building. Double glass panes offer an insulating air space that traps direct sunlight between the panes, thereby minimizing heat transfer.
During the summer season, the roof spaces can accumulate heat and transfer it to the living areas beneath. Air-conditioning ducts positioned in the attic spaces will absorb more heat. In the winter months, moisture would accumulate in unventilated areas, thus resulting in mold formation and wood rot. Light colored roofing materials absorb less heat. Moreover, roof ridge vents would ensure a continuous air flow through the roof spaces. Using reflective barriers would further help to keep the rooms cool. Attics and exterior walls should be highly insulated to ensure a soothing temperature inside in all weather conditions.
Oversized air-conditioning systems would consume more electricity and will cool the rooms too quickly. Installing small units would not provide the desired temperature, and perhaps unable to ensure soothing humidity levels. A smaller unit would actually cost less and last longer. It would best to install an air-conditioning system that comes with programmable thermostats to help control energy consumption.
When building a green house, one should ensure complete protection of natural flora and fauna around the area during the construction. Native trees, foliage and natural drainage could be a part of the landscape and home design. One should try to minimize the impact of the construction as much as possible.
Building green homes is an approach to design and construct homes based on conserving natural resources. Green real estate is all about building a cost effective, comfortable and sustainable abode to live in.
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