When building green homes, one must consider every aspect of good home design plans. Right from the foundation to roofing, it is important to lessen one’s footprint and design a Eco-conscious home.
Common Blunders to Avoid in Home Design Plans
Don’t build more than you Need
Avoid building excessively. Instead, construct a home to fit “just right” for your needs. When planning your home, consider your lifestyle, your family plans, and then plan ahead to put proper accommodations and resources into place.
Don’t Not Think Ahead
Take careful consideration of your future needs and lifestyle before building your house plan.
Building On The Wrong Plot
Although its a fantastic idea to construct a home in the rustic countryside, building utilities and roads can disrupt the habitat of local wildlife.
Not Going Solar
When building your home design always have a southern exposure. This automatically lowers your energy costs by 10%. Plant trees near your home and take advantage of skylights to increase the sun’s energy. In, addition use solar panels to reduce your billing costs.
Studies performed by the Lawrence Berkley National Laboratory have shown that adding a solar system increases a home’s resale value by an average of $5.50 per watt, and depending on location, can be as high as $6.40/watt.
A 3.1kW system can add $17,000 to your home’s value. Studies have also shown that homes with solar sell 15% faster than homes without solar.
Not Doing Your Research
Educate yourself as best as you can to learn about all your green building options.
Not Minimizing Your Footprint
Get rid of all unnecessary waste and clutter to save energy.
Poorly Planned Roofing
How insulation can help...
- Proper insulation lets you save more and makes better use of the energy and heat in your house
- As much as 20 % of your energy bill can be saved by good roof insulation
- Insulation reduces the costs of heating and cooling by over 40 percent
- Wall insulation can reduce this loss by 2/3 and make your home more comfortable
- You can lose as much as 10 % of heat through uninsulated floors
- Insulation pays for itself in around 5 to 6 years
The roof’s insulation is very significant to the building’s heating and cooling ratio. Decide whether a flat or a sloping roof can make your home energy economic. In addition, plan a proper drainage system in your home design plan.