Green building, sustainability, and energy savings are all rapidly rising components of the home construction industry. More people than ever before are becoming concerned with the effect the materials and energy choices they use for their homes have on the environment. This, coupled with rising energy costs means that the green building industry is seeing a lot of growth and expansion with new materials, designs, and innovations being introduced each year.
Green living can have many different facets, from eco-friendly building materials to energy audits that can help you determine ways to improve your home's sustainability. You can use low VOC paints, non-toxic plywood, solar paneling, and insulation all as ways to create a greener home. Because there is such a wide range of different projects that can fall into this category, there is also a very wide range of associated costs. For many people, though, switching to greener materials and systems often pays for itself in time with energy savings as well as a cleaner, more comfortable living environment, making the upfront costs more worth it for those who invest than staying with traditional materials.