As a Green Certified Builder, we see firsthand the lack of knowledge around green living and homebuilding. Building a green home isn’t that different from building a regular one, but we’ve heard so many myths that I think now is the time to clear up. Here’s the five we hear most often.
Myth 1: Green homes are less comfortable
People pick up the idea that their custom home has to be made of raw timber or found materials like glass bottles in order to be considered “green.”
Homes like that are green, but so is our model home, 73 Winged Foot; in reality, “green building” simply means having a home that is energy efficient.
The custom homes we build average 65 on the HERS scale, a full 35 points lower than a typical new home. All without sacrificing comfort or your personal style.
Myth 2: Green living is only for “tree huggers”
You don’t have to be a member of Greenpeace or live in a commune to be green. Many homeowners select green features for their custom homes in order to keep their house comfortable while also keeping utility bills down, not out of a specific desire to save the earth.
Myth 3: Green homes are more expensive
Okay, you’ve got me here — there is an element of truth to this myth.
Having dozens of green features can be costly, which is why we work with our clients to choose just a few of the most beneficial options to incorporate into their custom homes.
The slightly higher up-front cost has a upside: a green home is more expensive to build, but your utility bills will be lower while you live there, and the green features improve the home’s resale value should you decide to move.
Myth 4: Green living is a fad
“Green living” is popular these days, but some wonder if it will stay popular in the long-term.
We’ve been building homes in the Texas Hill Country for almost 30 years, and have only seen an increase in demand for green features. As the benefits of green living (to your wallet and the earth) become clearer, I predict this trend will be here to stay.
Myth 5: Small changes don’t matter
Green living isn’t “all or nothing” — there are lots of small things you can do to make your home more efficient (even if it’s been around for decades).
- Have your air conditioning and heating equipment inspected to make sure it’s working properly. Consider replacing it if it’s not.
- Install high efficiency/Energy Star appliances in your kitchen and laundry room.
- Switch out old light bulbs with high efficiency/Energy Star light bulbs.
Going green together
When building your custom home it’s important to work with a builder who understands and knows how to properly implement the green features you want.
We’ve been building homes for nearly three decades, and have helped hundreds of clients design and build the custom, energy-efficient home of their dreams.