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by: Alice Wynn
What is Green building and why should the homeowner use it in planning their new house plan? Green building is known by a multitude of names, like eco-friendy Architecture, and sustainable building. It is a process, an approach to designing, constructing remodeling, and even furnishing today's residential and commercial buildings taking into consideration the environment. Green homes are very energy efficient. A floor plan and building orientation designed to admit winter heat, ample day lighting and avoid summer sun reduces energy waste. Designers will take advantage of existing shading and breezes when locating the home on the lot or acreage. Green homes designed with eco-friendly Architecture have lower operating costs and increased asset value. The green house plan is a more healthy environment and more comfortable for its occupants. It may reduce waste sent to landfills. Green house plans promote the conservation of energy and water. They reduce harmful greenhouse gas emissions. Green building shows the owner's commitment to environmental stewardship and social responsibility. A green home plan encourages the homeowner to reduce waste, implement recycling, use renewable materials and use alternate energy sources. The designer's use of overhangs in the home plan and specifying the use of light colors and textures will greatly reduce air conditioning loads. Green building materials are used to create a home that is healthy for the mind, body, and pocketbook. Many builders specialize in building green, energy efficient homes and are recognized by the Energy & Environmental Builder Association. New legislation includes extensions and revisions to three existing federal energy efficiency tax incentives: for manufacturers of energy-efficient appliances, a one-year extension and revisions; for new homes builders, coverage for 2010 and 2011; and for home retrofits, a one-year extension but with significant modifications from the 2010 incentives.”
For appliances, the tax credits go to the manufacturer, but should be visible to consumers by reducing the cost of qualifying equipment. In 2011, the qualifying levels have been increased, and many of the incentives modified. The credits cover residential refrigerators, clothes washers, and dishwashers. In most cases, the credits are available for the very top efficiency products, typically levels more stringent than will qualify for ENERGY STAR®. For refrigerators, the incentives are $150 for a refrigerator that uses 30% less energy than federal minimum efficiency standards and $200 for a refrigerator that uses 35% less energy. For clothes washers, the incentive is either $175 for units that moderately exceed ENERGY STAR or $225 for the very highest levels of efficiency on the market. For dishwashers, the credits range from $25 for a unit that meets the July 2011 ENERGY STAR-level of 307 kWh per year to $75 for a unit that uses less than 280 kWh per year.
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