The homes in the United States use about 21 percent of the energy we consume as a nation each year – contributing about 17 percent of our national emissions of greenhouse gases.
Homes are more efficient today than they were 30 years ago, but there’s still a considerable opportunity for greater home energy efficiency. You can save between 20 to 30 percent on your household energy bills through cost-effective household improvements made during construction – such as sealing air and duct leaks, adding insulation, and even installing a solar water heater.
J.A. Long has Gone “Green” in Florida
As a supporter of green building practices, founder and owner John A. Long recently became a Registered Certifying Agent for the Florida Green Home Standard Designation Standard – a certification earned from The Florida Green Building Coalition (FGBC).
That means that J.A. Long, Inc. knows the building criteria necessary to build a home that will meet the state’s guidelines to be considered a truly “green home.” And, as a certifying agent, John Long can guide designers, builders or homebuyers through the process of qualifying and documenting green homes.
Custom home builders like J.A. Long are using this FGBC certification to differentiate themselves as some of the best builders in the market.
Choosing to Build Green
When you choose to build a green home, you’re doing your part to reduce the burden on the environment and add value to your home. You are also joining the many homeowners who desire that their homes be earth friendly, healthy to live in and affordable to operate.
When using FGBC’S Green Home Standard, a voluntary program created by FGBC, J.A. Long can help guide you through the process of selecting green features that are cost effective and benefit the environment.
Green Building and Remodeling
In addition to using green elements during residential design and construction of a new home, J.A. Long can apply these building standards to remodeling projects as well.
Green renovations include:
- Changing the airflow in the home by creating ventilation and cross breezes by placing doors, windows and skylights across from each other.
- Adding more windows and skylights to increase natural light within living spaces, reducing the amount of energy needed for lighting.
- Using larger flashing along tightly sealed, shaded windows, and insulating interior walls with spray foam, to retain heat/cold.
J.A. Long is available to help make any of your home renovation projects environmentally friendly – providing the guidance and direction for you to incorporate green building practices into your renovation project.
Providing Energy Saving Advice
J.A. Long is also familiar with ENERGY STAR ratings – and can provide recommendations on the home appliances you need that will reduce your energy costs even further.
ENERGY STAR is a joint program of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Energy that helps all of us save money and protects our environment by using energy efficient products.
For example, simply changing one appliance to an Energy Star appliance is the equivalent of planting 1.7 trees and can save anywhere from 10 to 50 percent of energy.
With the help of ENERGY STAR, Americans saved enough energy in 2007 to avoid greenhouse gas emissions equivalent to those from 27 million cars — and saved $16 billion on their utility bills.
The Making of a Green Home
This illustration, courtesy of the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB), will provide you with a great graphic overview of the elements of a green home.
Also, NAHB offers a wide range of information on the history of green building and how engineers, architects and home builders are incorporating these practices into their newest projects.