Wednesday, September 25, 2013
5 Misconceptions about Green Buildings
We’ve already taled about the most common myths about green buildings, but apparently, the misinformation doesn’t quite stop there. In fact, there are even more misconceptions about green buildings than ever.
1. Green buildings are only about saving energy.
While energy conservation is one of the most essential elements of a green building, it’s not the only thing that matters in green construction. Another important factor is the health of the people inside the home, and the sustainability of the practices that went into the construction process.
2. Windows are all you need to change to save energy.
There’s a myth going around that something as simple as replacing the windows will cut your electricity costs in half. This may be true if your windows are jalhousie windows; otherwise, it’s about the most expensive yet pointless thing that you can do. The payback, as per Green Building Advisor, can take as long as 100 years; the National Trust for Historic Preservation is a bit more unkind and said that the return on investment will take as long as 400 years.
3. Geothermal systems will reduce carbon emissions.
An advancement in heating and cooling technology, geothermal systems move heat around instead of making it. If you think won’t consume too much energy, think again: in order to have a million BTUs of heat as natural gas is burned at 92% efficiency, as much as 130 pounds of CO2 is produced.
4. Photovoltaic solar panels are the best in producing solar energy.
Is that what the salesmen are telling you? On the contrary, what’s a better investment to harness solar energy is solar hot water heater. In fact, studies show that a photovoltaic system is ten times more costly than a solar hot water system.
5. A green home is complicated to build.
This couldn’t be more wrong. In fact, all you have to do is drop by the Norsteel office or send us an email, and we’ll walk you through the process of putting up your next green home.