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Green Design Ideas for New Construction

by Amie De Meyer 04/21/2021

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A newly built green home offers a great way to use less energy overall and enjoy a healthier living environment. When you’re having new construction built, there are several ways to incorporate green design into your home. Keep the following ideas in mind to help ensure that you have a new home that is as green as possible.

Windows and Insulation

Windows and insulation can go a long way toward providing a more energy-efficient home. When deciding where to place your windows, consider putting more than half on the south-facing side. Doing this helps this area of your home stay warmer without having to keep running your furnace or heating system. With energy-efficient windows, such as ones with low-E windows, you can also prevent these areas from becoming too hot in summer. Having a well-insulated home combined with energy-efficient window placement can help you reduce energy usage even more. Insulation helps prevent heat from escaping your home in winter, leading to lower energy usage for heating.

Smaller Square Footage

New homes come in a wide range of sizes, but you don’t necessarily have to go with a larger one. Think about how much space you really need for everyday living in order to be comfortable. You might find that you can get a smaller new construction home that fits all of your needs. For example, you might choose a floor plan with one less extra room or two rather than getting one with rooms you might not even use.

Eco-Friendly Materials

One of the first ways to make your home energy-efficient is by using eco-friendly, sustainable materials during the building process. Find home builders who use locally sourced, reclaimed or organic materials for new homes, such as reclaimed wood or bamboo. This helps reduce the impact of new home construction on the environment.

Solar Panels

Solar panels provide new homes with a clean source of energy and help reduce the amount of energy households use. More and more new construction homes are using solar technology in place of traditional electrical systems. Having solar panels installed is a complex process, but it’s much easier to do when you’re having a new home built compared to installing them on an existing home. Consider exploring options for solar panels for your new home if you’re looking for additional ways to reduce energy usage in your green home.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy offers an efficient way to heat and cool your home, since it relies on heat in the ground instead of fossil fuels. If you’re purchasing new construction in an area that’s suitable for a geothermal system, consider having one of these systems installed rather than a traditional HVAC system. You’ll be using a cleaner source of energy for heating and cooling while also using less energy overall to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Energy-Efficient Landscaping

The landscaping at your newly built home also plays a role when it comes to energy efficiency. For example, having trees planted to block direct sunlight on the south side of your home can help keep the interior cooler in summer, so you won’t have to use air conditioning as much. When it’s cold out, more of the sun’s heat will be able to reach your interior through the bare branches, allowing you to use your furnace less often.

About the Author
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Amie De Meyer

Throughout her time as both a broker and a real estate investor, Amie has curated an extensive network of broker relationships in Central Oregon feeder markets like Salt Lake City, Phoenix, Tuscon, and Denver. Combined with local expertise, these professional channels offer her sellers’ properties unique opportunities for exposure. As an Accredited Luxury Home Specialist, Amie’s analytical and detail-oriented background, along with her distinguished taste, are an asset to affluent buyers and sellers in the luxury real estate market. She is equally effective with first-time home buyers, where her deep understanding of the emotional aspects of the home-buying experience allow her to offer her clients maximum clarity and protection through an overwhelming process. Amie holds a degree in Biology from University of Arizona, and enjoys spending time with her husband and her four children. Whatever the season, the family can be found in the great outdoors taking advantage of Central Oregon’s vast and diverse landscape, whether on a boat, paddleboard, snowmobile, or in a worn-in pair of hiking boots.