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Sustainability - Energy Efficient Construction

Posted by Lorea Thomson on Tuesday, April 11th, 2017 at 12:25am.

The new energy efficient movement is leaning toward sustainability. Sustainable development is development that meets the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future generations to meet their own needs. By using renewable, recyclable materials generations in the future will not be impacted as greatly by development today.

There has been an increasing trend in Palm Beach County home building.  Both builders and consumers are more concerned about energy efficiency, green homes and leaving a smaller carbon footprint on the planet.  Energy efficient appliances are now standard in new construction and in remodeling.

The initial cost is more expensive than that of non-designated energy efficient appliances.   Nevertheless, over the long term the savings outweigh the slightly higher purchase price. Homeowners may qualify for a federal tax credit for making improvements or installing appliances design to boost the energy-efficiency of their home.

Guidelines require you to purchase new energy-efficient equipment, and the equipment must be expected to remain installed for at least five years. Check with you tax professional specific advice on any tax credits which may be available now.

Recycled and/or repurposed building materials are becoming more favorable as an approach to building new structures.  The process is referred to as “deconstruction”.  Rather than just demolishing an old structure and removing the debris, engineers are incorporating dismantled elements, like wood beams, bricks, flooring and other unique elements now.  This, process of dismantling, keeps the debris out of the landfills and reduces the impact on the planet.

By integrating green materials into your new or remodeled home, you will be make a positive impact to the planet.  By choosing energy efficiency selections for you will save money, even though the initial renovations to go green may be costly. They will be worthwhile for future generations.

 

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