While improving an existing home is almost an inherently better choice for the environment than building a new home, modern techniques and technologies have made it possible to build a new home that has a very low impact on the environment.
The first thing you need to think about when you are building a home is where to build it. Within every city, there are places that are more or less sustainable, and it’s important to consider this before you break ground for your new home.
It is important to think about what type of house you want to build. There are different construction methods that each have their own benefits and drawbacks, and different home designs have different energy efficiency properties.
If you plan on incorporating green elements into your home like geothermal heating/cooling, solar energy, or a green roof, it is much easier and less expensive to consider how they will be incorporated into your home while it is still in the design phase.
Check out the video below: architect Campbell Ellsworth talks about designing super-efficient homes.