This Green Build Home is cost-effective with enviornmental quality

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You'll want to take a closer look at this eco building located in the city of Peterborough, Ontario. The home design started off as an empty urban lot and sparked an interesting and exciting debate about what it would it take to build the greenest home in Canada. The home design should blend into an existing neighborhood and meet conventional costs and building code expectations. In 2012, they set out to answer those questions, as the home design and construction of such an eco-building became the focus of a six-month Sustainable New Construction program. A group of eight students joined the faculty, and guest instructors attempted to meet the highest standards they could imagine for a residential cabin building construction project. You will want to learn more about this eco building home design at the Mother Earth News site.

The eco-building and sustainable home building goals. From the beginning, they knew that meeting their goals would involve a lot of research, as they weren’t prepared to make assumptions about the sustainability of any element of the cabin building project. They created an ambitious list of attributes that they felt they had to prioritize in selecting all the building materials and systems for the home design. Environmental impacts. They would strive to ensure that all of their choices would have the lowest possible impact on ecosystems. Embodied energy and carbon. They would always choose the lowest-embodied-energy options and aim for a carbon-neutral eco-building. Energy efficiency. Their cabin building would far exceed the code requirements for energy efficiency, and they would aim to be a net-zero-energy home design. Indoor environmental quality. They committed to ensuring that no building materials with any questionable chemical content would be used inside the cabin building. Durability and maintenance. This home design needed to be simple to operate and not require any additional effort from the homeowner to help maintain and keep functional. Cost. The team wanted to keep the home design within the price range of conventional custom home design construction in the region. Aesthetics. The exterior of the home design needed to fit into a neighborhood of brick and wood-sided century home designs as well as post-war bungalows without copying the neighbors. Inside, they wanted a clean, open, and modern feel to the cabin building.

Steps to building a sustainable home design. From home design concept to home design. So, with all the best intentions, the cabin building project began with a deliberate planning process that included running the home design through the Passive House Planning Package. This software creates a very accurate energy model of a cabin building. While they didn’t pursue certification because of the extra cost, they used the design software to get to a target of using 75 percent less energy than a conventional code-built home design. This is a figure they could achieve with little extra cost, and which would result in immediate payback with energy savings. This would also get us them the range in which a net-zero-energy strategy could be affordable. Soon, the home design began to take shape. For the shell of the cabin building, they used a blend of conventional and natural cabin building approaches. Whenever possible, they used off-the-shelf building materials and building products that met their high standards. You will want to take a closer look at this eco building; you are sure to be inspired.

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