Green Building in Southern NH & Northern MA

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This house built by Gavin Remodeling Inc. in Southern NH was awarded a Certified Green Building — Silver Level Green Home by the NAHB Research Center.
 

Gavin Remodeling Inc. is dedicated to the Green Building approach. Below is a list of characteristics from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) to consider:

Location – A green home should not disrupt wildlife and should be in a densely populated area close to public transportation.

Size – Generally, smaller homes are automatically greener.

Design – A green home should allow for plenty of natural light to enter the interior so as to reduce the need for electrical lights. Its design should keep it cool in the summer and warm in the winter.

Building materials – A home with non-toxic building materials and furnishings.

Insulation – A non-toxic insulation will help prevent cool air leakage in the summer and warm air leakage in the winter, saving  a significant amount of money in utility costs.

Windows and doors – The USGBC suggests looking for EnergyStar rated windows and doors. Also, make sure they are sealed tightly to prevent heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer.

Energy efficiency – EnergyStar rated lights, heating and cooling, and water systems.

Renewable energy – The home should be able to produce some of its own energy, such as the use of photovoltaic systems (solar panels).

Water efficiency – A green home has a water-conserving irrigation system and water-efficient kitchen and bathroom fixtures. Look for a rainwater collection and storage system.

Indoor environmental quality  There should be plenty of natural light and ventilation.

Resources:

U.S. Green Building Council