Green Homes are Environmentally Responsible
The design, construction, energy use, materials and systems of BPC homes helps protect the environment and makes the home and life more sustainable. Here are just 10 of the ways green homes help make the environment better:
- Helps us reduce, and eventually eliminate, the use of non-renewable (fossil fuel) and climate-changing types of energy
- Makes use of renewable and plentiful clean energy sources
- Reduces your “carbon footprint” to help slow climate change
- Reduces air and water pollution
- Helps maintain clean water resources
- Reduces the use of slow-growing and/or endangered natural resources
- Helps protect biodiversity (plant and animal)
- Generates less waste
- Help make the environment less toxic
- Use more local building materials, which reduces pollution and use of carbon-based fuels caused by unnecessary transportation
Allowing Technology to Improve and Costs to Go Down:
Because of increasing demand and economies of scale, as more homes are built using green building approaches, materials, systems, and technology, the costs of these building products go down. And, increased use of these products encourages new and improved technology to be developed. And this also lowers costs and improves performance.
For example: The cost of building and installing solar photovoltaic panels has dropped by about 90% in the past few years. At the same time, because of improving technology, solar panels convert sunlight to electrical power significantly more efficiently. This reduces the number of solar panels needed for a given home, which lowers the cost of installation and further lowers the cost of energy.
Solar panel efficiency is now so high that even in places like cloudy northern Europe, solar power is growing in leaps and bounds. The cost per kilowatt of electrical power from solar energy technology is now competitive with or better than from fossil fuels. And that is not even considering the hidden costs of fossil fuels, like pollution, health problems, environmental damage, climate change, etc.
Home storage battery technology has also improved greatly. As more people use batteries, costs are going down to the point they are now feasible in some cases. This means the excess clean energy your solar panels generate during the day, can be stored and used at night or on cloudy days. Not long from now whole house battery storage may become widely used.
Raising the Bar and Creating Demand:
Homes that are not built green and energy efficient are starting to become, will eventually become much less attractive to homeowners and home buyers. This is because these non-green, energy inefficient homes have higher operating costs.
Don’t believe non-green homes will become less attractive? Just think about how energy efficient gas, diesel, hybrid and now all-electric cars and trucks have pushed old gas guzzlers into extinction. Improved technology has given these energy efficient cars the same or better performance at a similar cost to the old muscle cars.
As more and more homes are built to green building standards, each additional green home will increase demand for, and the selling prices of homes that exceed conventional standards for comfort, durability, energy efficiency, and environmental responsibility.