Brock Builders is the leading green home designer company in the Asheville area and is passionate about preserving the natural beauty that surrounds us here in Western North Carolina. As you consider how you might design your home in a greener and more sustainable way, consider these five ideas.
Reduce Your Footprint
One great way to preserve the land around your home is to build with a smaller footprint. If you’re looking to help the environment without sacrificing space in your home, consider building up and adding various levels to your home, rather than building outward.
Adding multiple levels to your home also allows for unique spaces and privacy in a way that a single story home design cannot. Reducing your home’s footprint is one of the simplest ways to make your home green.
Use Second Hand Materials
Not only can using second hand or recycled materials be a great way to save money when planning for your green home building project, but it’s also an excellent way to practice sustainability.
What’s also great about using recycled materials is the uniqueness these touches will bring to your home which truly sets your home apart from the crowd.
Now is a great time to go solar. The government is offering extensive tax credits through the end of 2023 for all homeowners who go solar. Not only that, but as electricity prices continue to rise, you will end up saving a ton of money by going solar.
If that wasn’t enough, you’re making a huge difference in the environment by doing so. The average solar home plants the equivalent of 150 trees per year with its emissions reduction effect.
Landscaping with Native Plants
While it may seem fun to add a little bit of tropical paradise to your backyard, it really causes a lot of damage to the local wildlife and ecosystem. Instead, opt for researching your native plant options and consider your tastes accordingly.
Zero VOC Paint
By now you may have heard about how toxic some paints can be to your health. It should come as little surprise, then, to learn just how toxic paints can be to the environment. Save your health and the environment with a simple switch to zero VOC paint in your home building process.
We hope that you’ve found these ideas helpful. We’d love to help you with all your green Asheville house designs, so keep us posted!