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What Goes into Green Building Codes

Sat, May 23, 2015 at 10:10AM

If you live in a Kargar home, you probably already know about our Green Initiative and our dedication to building eco-friendly, environmentally sensitive homes that are great for the world and for your family. But do you know what really makes a home “green,” or what goes into energy and building codes? We’re covering all of the answers in today’s blog.

What makes a home green?

First, let’s look at the most common definition of “green” as it relates to your community and your home. Green practices are ones that affect the environment positively or neutrally… they can either help improve the plant and animal life around your home, or at the very least serve to avoid harming it. This is one of our most basic definitions of environmental consciousness.

What are green building codes? Green building codes exist to decrease our effect on the environment and boost long-term sustainability of the resources we use every day. New homes must be built according to these codes, which set parameters for things like water consumption, toxicity of materials used in your home, and air quality. An important thing to remember is that these codes are not set in stone—they change as populations change and environments evolve.

What about energy codes? Just like green building codes, energy codes regulate the energy efficiency of new homes, making sure that we maintain our energy supply while preserving resources and reducing our carbon footprint for the well-being of future generations. These codes were put into place as results of legislation geared toward lessening the extent and severity of global warming.

Remodeled homes and new construction projects must meet certain standards, which vary by state. Some will call for motion-activated lights—if a room is unoccupied, they should turn off and save energy. This is just one example of government-enacted energy standards.

Going above and beyond

There are certain parts of green building and energy efficiency that are not regulated by government codes—they just make the environment better and will serve you better in your home! That’s where we come in with our Green Initiative. Whole-house air filtration, foam insulation, flow restrictors, recycled materials and outside ventilation for microwave and dryer use are just a few examples of our commitment to building green, eco-friendly homes for you and your family. That’s our standard, not the building codes’.

Enjoying the green standards that your Kargar home is built with is the first step after moving in—but after that, it’s up to you and your family to keep up the eco-friendly standard of living! This can be done in many ways: when you need new appliances, buy those with the Energy Star seal of approval for energy efficiency.

Your Kargar home was built with reduced flow showers, but that doesn’t mean you can’t do your part by cutting down your bathroom routine and taking quick showers. Similarly, energy-efficient lighting is a great starting point… but you can still make sure to shut off lights and appliances whenever you leave a room.

Energy efficiency can be easy when you have the right building blocks—small steps can increase the value of your home and the quality of your life and community!

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