Arnold Zuco, an employee of the Environmental Protection Agency in Research Triangle did the ultimate in taking his work home. In January 2008, he was was busy purchasing the land that would one day hold his new home. Today, Zuco is able to see his dream of living green complete in his new modernist contemporary home.
Going green is more popular than ever, and many new home builders are looking to do just that. The design of the home and the materials used can very much affect our future. Energy use is a big factor in building your perfect green home. Zuco’s home was designed by Randall Lanou and Nick Owings of Build Sense and Studio B architecture with energy savings in mind. The home boasts large windows covered by deep overhangs that allow for a vast amount of indirect light, which in return requires hardly any use of electrical lighting. Photo-voltaic panels were installed 100 feet from the home by Southern Energy Management, and are estimated to generate 30 to 40 percent of the homes power.
Some of the things Zuco used in his home can be used by you to make your home “greener.”
1. PEX Plumbing: Provides a better alternative to copper or PVC.
2. Blown In Cellulose Insulation: It is made of 80% recycled newsprint, and ensures every cavity is protected by being blown in.
3. Low/No Voc Paints: VOC are the toxic chemical you associate with painting. By decreasing the VOC you are improving air quality.
4. Energy Star Rated Appliances: The cost savings alone is a reduction up to 30% in utility bills.
5. Geothermal Heating: A geothermal heating system uses Earth’s ability to store heat in the ground. Although these systems do cost 2-3 times more than conventional systems, homeowners will save money in the long run, seeing anywhere from 30-70% annual utility savings.
6. Tankless Water Heaters: Traditional water heaters continuously heat water they hold. Going tankless provides a better economical option than this.
There are many more things available to make your current home more green, or what to do when building your new home. If you are looking for the perfect place to make your green home contact Marti Hampton and Team Marti and purchase your new home in Raeligh, Cary, or Wake Forest today.