Finding A ‘Green’ House Builder
These days, awareness of our impact on the environment is rising, which has led to an increase in people looking at environmentally sustainable and friendly home design and construction. If you are one of these people, you may be wondering how on earth you should go about finding a ‘green’ house builder. It really is no different to hiring any other professional – you just have to know where to look and what questions you should be asking.
Believe it or not, environmentally sustainable house building isn’t actually new to the construction industry – it’s just a practice that has been slow on the uptake amongst most contractors. Even so, many builders will actually be quite familiar with ‘green’ building practices, as they have a range of contacts in the industry from whom they receive materials and systems.
There is also the problem that arises from the word ‘green’ being so ill defined in this day and age. Many people feel it is a term that is open for interpretation, and that a variety of questionable practices actually fall into the category of being ‘green’ building. There is actually little truth in this; ‘green’ building practices are not open for interpretation – there is the sustainable way to do it, and the unsustainable way.
When embarking on the search for a green house builder, it is important to enforce the fact that environmental sustainability is your top priority when it comes to this project from the get go. This includes the use of sustainable materials coupled with energy efficient systems like electricity, plumbing and HVAC (also known as heating, ventilation and air conditioning). Ensuring that the house builder is aware of these constraints from the beginning will help you get the best results in the end.
To actually find a green house builder in your area, there are a couple of methods that you can implement:
- Word of mouth is generally the most preferred method of finding a green builder, as some contractors do not actually think to advertise the fact that they can construct an environmentally sustainable home. This also allows you the opportunity to view some of the builder’s past work.
Online searches using the keywords ‘green house builders’ and the suburb or area in which you live is another preferred method for people to find environmentally friendly contractors.
Remember that, before hiring a green house builder, you will need to take a look at their portfolio of past projects, either on their website or in person. Green design and construction is not the same across the board – you need to ensure your builder is proficient in the style you are after.