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Building an Eco-Friendly Home Addition

When you are looking to build an addition on to your house, consider green building.  Many people want to be environmentally conscious but are concerned about the higher costs associated with it.  

In reality, building an eco-friendly addition can be one of the wisest financial decisions you can make.  Many green buildings pay for themselves in a few years with the savings associated with energy costs.  Not to mention the health benefits to our planet and families.  Your family spends so much time in your home; make it as comfortable as possible. 

Recycled Products          
With the popularity that green building is having, it is relatively easy to find cool, recycled parts.  From recycled countertops all the way up to recycled roofing and everything in between, you can source recycled products to replace nearly every building material. 

But don't think that you are compromising in the structure; in fact, many recycled building materials are even more durable than their counterparts. 

One of the reasons to consider going green, are the health benefits you will receive.  One of the most significant considerations is air quality.  Because green building uses non-toxic materials the quality of air is greatly improved.  Also, most will install air purifiers as well as purer ventilation systems.  With this fresh air is brought into the home rather than recycling of stale air.  There are also systems that will even remove bacteria from the room if that is of interest to you.

Green building will increase the value of your home.  In fact, the US Green Building Council estimates that by investing in green building, you can expect at least a 4% increase.  It also could go much higher considering prospective buyers will value lower energy costs.  This is a great way to differentiate your home from other options.

Energy Efficiency
Shop for energy saving washer and dryers, refrigerators, water heaters and more.  You can also look to save by using low water consumption toilets and showers.  You can also consider installing solar panels on the roof to make use of natural energy.  This has a positive environmental impact.  The construction process by itself will generate toxins and tons of waste.  By choosing recycled products, you lessen the impact.

When building green, you are using high-quality products and putting care into the construction process.  This means that it will outlast products that are not.  Over some time, you will save additional money in replacement and repair costs. 
Building green is a great way to protect our natural resources and your family’s health.  By investing in this endeavor, you will receive the long-term benefits such as long term energy and water reduced costs.  Besides, some states offer tax rebates for energy efficiency.   Another option would be to shop green.  Check out some of these Ottawa townhomes for inspiration.   No matter what your own motivation is for going green, it is an excellent step for you and your family.



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