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From canvas grocery bags and recycled paper towels to hybrid cars and eco-friendly product packaging, the ‘green’ movement has permeated many different facets of our daily lives. When it comes to home building trends, things are no different.
The concept of green home design has been gaining steam for several years. Today, there are many different ways to incorporate environmentally friendly and sustainable practices and materials into the design and construction of a new home, including:
Size: Smaller spaces can be more eco-friendly for several reasons, including reduced energy consumption and fewer building materials. Thanks to smart design, shrinking square footage doesn’t mean cramped quarters, however; multi-purpose rooms, indoor/outdoor living spaces and open floor plans can make smaller, more energy-efficient homes seem expansive.
Location: When selecting a spot to build your brand new home, consider this: choosing a location where you can take advantage of natural features – sunlight, wind, water, soil and elevation, to name a few—can help reduce energy costs and building materials.
Materials: The use of eco-friendly, sustainable and non-toxic materials is a popular green initiative. Commonly used materials include recycled glass countertops, renewable plant products (such as bamboo) and lumber from sustainable forests.
Foliage: What better way to “go green” than by planting native trees on your property? Strategic landscaping can provide shade, reduce noise and offer privacy. When it comes to grass, choose a variety that requires minimal watering and maintenance.
Energy-efficient design, sustainable materials and natural features are all ‘green’ house plan features that can reduce long-term costs while still adding to your home’s value. If you’re looking to lessen your environmental impact, consider utilizing these practices when building your next home.
This warm and charming Craftsman style house plan won 2nd Place achieves energy efficiency through the utilization of ENERGY STAR® rated materials and Green Building practices. This plan boasts the effective use of insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling equipment so you will enjoy years of savings and total home comfort. Added design features include a covered veranda that can be accessed through the gorgeous master suite and two-story family room with fireplace.
Total Square Footage: 2,508
Main Level: 1,788
Second Level: 720
Baths: 2 Half: 1
This delightful cottage took 1st Place for its “Most Efficient Use of Space” in our Green House Plan Competition. This house is compact yet efficiently designed so you can enjoy daily living. In addition to the many energy saving features like insulated doors and windows, this house plan utilizes all of its available space to create a functional, affordable home. The kitchen features easy access to the washer/dryer, pantry and carport. A small eating bar and built-in desk make it easy for you to share time with your children while preparing meals. The second floor features two bedrooms with large closets and built-in desk and bookshelves to economize on space but not functionality. There’s also a flexible room that can be used as a game room or extra bedroom.
Total Square Footage: 1,628
Main Level: 870
Second Level: 758
Width: 41 ft Depth: 45 ft
This contemporary two-story house plan took 2nd place in our Green House Plan Competition. It has a small footprint, which makes it an efficient and practical design for urban areas and small lots. The main floor features an open living area so you’ll never feel crowded when you have visitors over. Upstairs the large master suite has a large walk-in closet and private access to the deck. There are two additional bedrooms that share a full bath. The open carport allows for better indoor air quality and helps reduce heat gain in the home. It can also be used for a great outdoor space like a roof garden, outdoor living room or kitchen.
Total Living Area: 1338 Sq. Ft.
First Floor: 810 Sq. Ft.
Second Floor: 528 Sq. Ft.
Full Baths: 2
Width: 40 Ft. 11 In.
Depth: 33 Ft. 6 In.
Garage Size: 1
2nd Place Winner of exclusive ENERGY STAR House Plan Competition.
This warm and charming Craftsman style home was “Voted Best in Total Home Comfort” in our exclusive new ENERGY STAR House Plan collection. By utilizing ENERGY STAR rated materials and Green Building practices this home achieves the highest level of energy-efficiency. This house plan boasts the effective use of insulation, high-performance windows, tight construction and efficient heating and cooling equipment so you will enjoy years of savings and total home comfort.
Total Square Footage: 2,494
Main Level: 1,767
Second Level: 727
Baths: 3 Half: 1
Width: 53 ft Depth: 73 ft
This Craftsman house plan is one of the newest designs from our Exclusive ENERGY STAR house plans.
The first floor plan features energy-efficient entry and garage doors, along with eco-friendly flooring.
Second Floor Plan
In celebration of our new collection of exclusive ENERGY STAR® house plans, Dream House Plans recently released a special issue of Her Dream Home magazine to preview all of these innovative, eco-friendly designs from the leading architects and designers in the United States. These new plans were part of our first ever Green House Plan Competition, designed to inspire consumers and builders to build an energy-efficient and healthy home that utilizes all the latest green building techniques and features the best in green home building products.
You’ll find over 40 of the most amazing and energy-efficient designs offered in a wide range of architectural styles, sizes and amenities so you’re sure to find your dream green home.
The special green issue also features some great articles to help you create a healthy home environment. Find out about the best exterior products based on their performance and beauty in our article Stronger, Stylish Green Home Products.
Additional articles include The Top 10 Commandments to Home Design, which offers insightful tips to creating your dream home, as well as Our Editor’s Choice 5 Best Kitchen Appliance Suites. It may not be the most glamorous item you choose for your home, but insulation is key to providing your home with total comfort and efficiency while reducing your operating costs significantly. Insulation is Key Element to Your Home’s Efficiency is definitely word a read.
Check our blogs daily because we will be featuring a new green house plan a day to showcase the new collection. We’d love to know which one of these are your favorite so please share your thoughts and post a comment.
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