3 Ways to Build an Ulster County Green Home

Posted by Dylan Taft on Wednesday, August 25th, 2010 at 9:32am.

Are you planning to build a new Ulster County home? If so, you might want to consider implementing a few “green” ideas throughout the construction process. Not only will this reduce your carbon footprint as well as your energy bill, but it will also increase the resale value of your home if you decide to put it on the market someday. While there are plenty of “green” construction strategies that you can put to use when building a new home, keeping these three strategies in mind will certainly get you rolling in the right direction.

Ulster Green Construction Strategy #1: Use Recycled and Renewable Materials

One of the easiest ways to make the construction process more eco-friendly is to simply use materials that are either recycled or renewable. While these materials can be more costly than less earth-friendly options, it is possible to save money when going this route as well. Some good eco-friendly material options include:

  • Medium Density Fiberboard (MDF) – excellent for interior trim and doors and does not contain formaldehyde
  • Fiber-Cement Siding, Pipe and Trim Materials – a durable, fire-retardant and rot resistant option
  • Any material that is locally produced
  • Any material that is easily renewed, including bamboo, straw bales and rammed earth
  • Any material made from recycled materials

Ulster Green Construction Strategy #2: Create Natural Heating and Cooling Opportunities

A well designed home will take full advantage of natural heating and cooling opportunities. Some ways to take full advantage of the natural energy opportunities include installing all of the following:

  • Strategically placed windows
  • Roof overhangs
  • Stone floors
  • Reflective barriers

Strategic building placement, such as facing the broad side of the house to the south or north in warm climates, can also help prevent excessive heat development.

Ulster Green Construction Strategy #3: Reduce Water Requirements

By planning ahead, you can effectively reduce the amount of water you will need in the future. Some tips for reducing your water needs include:

  • Plant native plants for landscaping
  • Use water pervious materials such as open paving blocks and crushed granite to allow water to seep into the ground
  • Install rainwater catchment systems to catch and store the water that falls onto your roof
  • Use front loading washing machines and low flow toilets and shower heads to reduce the amount of water these appliances use

By keeping these green construction tips in mind when building your new home, you likely will not increase your construction costs. Yet, the savings you enjoy in the future combined with the increased value of your home could be quite significant.

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