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Green Building in Austin & Beyond

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Amid some of the blowback from green living enthusiasts over the projected environmental impact of last weekend’s F1 race, we thought it would be a good idea to touch upon green practices within the Austin real estate community. As our population continues to grow, so does the need for progressive residential and commercial building options. It is important to understand our global environmental impact when building new homes and offices, especially in an era of new growth. Green building is a practice that aims to be environmentally conscious and resource efficient while also keeping up with population and economic growth. This overall philosophy is followed throughout the entire building process, including picking a site, building design, construction, building operations and maintenance, repair and renovation, and even demolition. Green cities like Austin, Seattle, Portland, and Boulder, CO have really committed to these practices and are just few of the top cities taking advantage of green sustainable construction.

Green building has many components that all work towards reducing a building’s impact on the natural environment and human health. Green buildings will reduce waste, promote occupant health, use power and water efficiently, and basically create as small an environmental footprint as possible. Choosing the right materials is an integral part of any building process, but especially important in green construction. Builders take care to diligently plan ahead for both, the purpose of the structure, and the actual physical environment it will be located.

Recycled or sustainable material is becoming more widely used, and includes a variety of woods, metals, and stone. Bamboo is popular for its style and quick natural growth. It is used for countertops, flooring, and even some custom wood options. Copper is a good choice as far as metals go, as it does not need to replaced quickly, is cheap to maintain, and will see a good recovery value from recycling raw material if needed. An interesting and smart insulation option is Bonded Logic UltraTouch Recycled Cotton Insulation, which is made from recycled denim and cotton products. This natural insulation is safe to breath and performs well for energy and sound insulation.

Bonded Logic Recycled Denim Insulation, Green Building Austin

One of the main goals of green building is efficiency, and that means savings for building residents, owners, and operators. Energy efficient and sustainable materials may cost a little more in the beginning, but the savings and contribution to our planet will give back for generations to come. Things like Energy Star Appliances, EcoStar Shingles, custom windows, and heating and cooling systems can all play a big role in a building’s overall efficiency.

Green construction has a large number of benefits and makes an effort to create a better future for our planet. We have seen new buildings and existing structures using green building principles benefit both the building occupants, and the communities surrounding them. So no matter if you are looking at Boulder homes, Seattle businesses or Austin investment properties, take green building practices and materials into consideration.

For information on sustainability and efficiency ratings for Austin homes and properties, get in touch with us today.

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