The Pollution Free Home Building Checklists below is designed to keep your home plans green, efficient and pollution free. Learn about new innovations which will keep your home paying for itself over the years. Build a home that can help pay its own payments, in saved utilities and even income with the solutions below.
o Consider 5 or 6 inches of closed cell insulation between two by six studs, or concrete panels with 5 or 6 inches of dense polyurethane – Either of these two options provide maximum energy efficiency and durability. This is probably one of my favorite recommendations on this Pollution Free Home Building Checklists.
o Consider Alternative Green Materials – Be sure to consider how each material will work in your climate. Be aware of the R-value of each material and consider how to improve this with insulation.
o Consider Salvaged Materials – This can save money as well as conserving resources by using existing materials.
o Calk around window frames, and around where wires and plumbing enter walls – Heat can escape through holes made for wiring and pipes. A lot of heat escapes around the window frames.
o Avoid windows and doors on the north wall – In cold climates, too many windows to the north can make a home drafty.
o A window wall with southern exposure for passive solar – This works better in some climates than others, and it is very important to be sure that windows are energy efficient.
o No more than 25 percent of total exterior wall space in windows – Too many windows can be very inefficient because of the potential for air leaks around windows.
o Skylights, to reduce the need for electric lighting – Save energy by installing energy efficient skylights.
o Radiant Barrier Attic Insulation – Heat can build up in attics during the summer months, but radiant barrier insulation drops attic temperatures by as much as 30 degrees.
o Energy efficient fireplaces with airspace and fans behind the firebox to circulate the heat – Ordinary, old fashioned fireplaces were very inefficient. There are however many ideas which have been incorporated into modern fireplaces and other wood heaters, to make them work more efficiently with central heat, to increase warmth and prevent heat loss out the chimney. Some ideas involve using fireplaces to heat water, or cook food as they did in the olden days, but the major focus of these new innovations has been distributing fireplace heat throughout the home, to burn wood more efficiently, and to prevent heat loss up the chimney.
o Energy efficient central heat and air conditioning – Shop for the most energy efficient heating and air conditioning systems you can find. Pay close attention to the projected costs of operation.
o Airtight ductwork that does not leak out heat – Part of the energy star inspections insure that air does not leak from the ductwork. Insulating ductwork safely can be tricky and is best left to a professional.
o Triple glazed and various energy efficient windows and doors – Check the R-value of different windows and doors you are considering.
o Energy efficient hot water heaters and on demand hot water heaters – This can require special wiring and must be planned from the beginning of construction in order to get the best efficiency. This is my second favorite idea on this Pollution Free Home Building Checklists.
o Consider an incinerator toilet – Incinerator toilets are little known, and different than any other type of toilet. Unlike low flow toilets, they use absolutely no water, and do not contaminate water supplies with waste water. Instead of flushing, you simply close the toilet and incinerate body wastes to sterile ash with a single quick flash of heat. It is a flash, not a flush, so no water is wasted or contaminated. The Incinerator is very energy efficient as well, and will save about half of the average family’s water bill.
o Solar panels – The use of solar panels in conjunction with other energy efficient measures can take your home completely off the grid for energy independence, or it can feed back into the power grid to create income from the power company instead of a bill.
o Energy Star Appliances – It is important to get the most efficient appliances available so that you will not use more energy than your solar panels can deliver. Not owing a power bill, can make those house payments a lot easier.
o Build a smaller home – By cutting down on square footage, you not only save on the cost of building, you also save considerably on the monthly power bill. Build only the space you need, and use space efficiently.
o Great rooms are more efficient – For both space saving and energy efficiency, you cannot beat a great room. They are easier to heat and cool, and more flexible in use. They avoid both wasted space and overcrowding.
I hope you found our Pollution Free Home Building Checklists informative and useful. You might also enjoy the many other articles and checklists on this site and in our free 98 page book. Be sure to download our free book and read the other articles and free home building checklists on this site for more ideas. Let me close by saying that saving energy and resources will become more important during the 21st century. Be sure to consider all the points on our Pollution Free Home Building Checklists, for your new home.