THE 3 P'S
A common misconception is that ‘building green’ is too costly for purely altruistic reasons. Oftentimes this is incorrect for two reasons. First – many sustainable building techniques and materials can be implemented with little or no additional cost; it just takes knowledge of how to do so and dedication of the project team to prioritize these goals. Second, building green is not just about saving the planet for future generations. It’s about making life better for yourself right now in many ways such as healthier indoor air quality, improved comfort, and increased durability. The sections below describe how green building benefits the 3 P’s – people, planet, and profit.
Along with healthy we want our homes to be comfortable. Comfort is about more than just a thermostat set-point and a basic ‘HVAC system.’ It’s about even temperatures and moisture control from room-to-room and floor-to-floor. It’s about being able to enjoy your entire home year-round. We tend to think of a well-insulated and air-tight home as being energy efficient, which is important, but arguably not as important as the fact that homes with efficient envelopes truly feel more comfortable.
California sets a precedent for the United States with its strict building code (Title 24) and goals to have all new construction be Net Zero energy by 2020. Alliance Green Builders adheres to these mandates and exceeds them where possible - why do the bare minimum when we have the technology and resources to build an exceptional home that would comply with codes in 20 years’ time? Given the major role that buildings play in increasing climate change, it is essential that builders, architects, subcontractors and anyone in the building industry works to increase the sustainability of their trade. As a homeowner, you, too, can also can contribute to improved residential sustainability through the choices you make when building and operating your home.
There are, of course, additional ‘green’ systems that cost more and have longer payback periods. Examples would be solar photovoltaics, greywater and rainwater systems, and battery storage systems. These are great options for increasing the sustainability of your home but at the end of the day, what works for you and your family is the most important factor in determining what to put in your home. We can work with you to determine whether certain systems would be beneficial to you costwise. And as mentioned above, there are plenty of ways to build green without compromising cost.