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You may recall years ago, that green homes stood out for all the long reasons. Focusing more on practical application of green technology than design they often looked utilitarian. Today there are lots of elegant green homes that combine style with comfort and efficiency. What do green house plans have to offer you though and what makes house plans “green.” While you can save money by adding insulation and using green products, some home construction makes a green house plan’s general design energy efficient. Here are some design considerations that factor into building green house plans.
Windows and Orientation
If you want to save money on your energy bill then make sure you design your home so that the maximum amount of daylight comes through your windows. Lots of green house plans are designed with lots of windows and your builder can help you position the home on your lot to make sure you get the most out of them.
Most green homes are oriented towards the south where they get more light during the summer and heat from the sun during winter. This is also true when you consider addng solar technology. South facing roofs make for the best receptors of solar energy.
Durable is synonymous with eco-friendly when it comes to home construction. Using durable materials in the construction of a green house plan means that since they won’t need to be replaced less waste is produced, that that alone decreases your footprint. Almost all conventional building materials have a more sustainable eco-friendly alternative, so you can be sure to find something eco-friendly for every situation that will arise. Some popular eco-friendly materials include bamboo flooring, cotton insulation, and recycled glass counter tops.
Downsized House Plans
Smaller homes have been a rising trend in home construction and smaller house plans do tend to be more energy efficient. You don’t have to sacrifice comfort to be green though. Plenty of homes with a footprint of less than 2,500 feet are not only energy efficient but use space wisely so that you don’t have to worry about feeling like you live in a shoe box.
These elements of green design help to make house plans energy efficient but there are plenty of things you can do to make your home greener during the construction process. Adding ENERGY STAR® and energy-efficient products will help you lower your bills. Just remember that you don’t have to fear green design. Check out the green house plan collections from Direct from the Designers to find your perfect green home.
There is a new trend in new house plans. With a changing economic climate, plus environmental concern the size of new American homes has started to decline. After being in an uphill trend for three decades the last five years have started a slow decline with the size of the average home shrinking by five percent.
In 1973 the size of the average American home was 1,160 square feet. In 2007, the average size of the American house plan grew 40 percent to 2,521 square feet. In 2010, the average square footage of a new home was 2,392 square feet. The average size of the American home is expected to shrink another 10 percent by 2015.
Not only is new home construction leading towards smaller homes but demand for these homes in increasing. A third of American homebuyers said that they preferred a home under 2,200 square feet and 28 percent of Americans ages 55 to 59 would prefer a smaller home.
Why are homes getting smaller? Well trends point to smaller lots being sold. In 2011, 22 percent of design firms reported a decrease in lot size. Then there is also the environmentally conscious side. Weighing things like how many trees have to be cleared and how much the average energy cost is for a smaller home all make small homes favorable.
So if you are searching for a house plan and are a little worried about square footage, take a moment and look at the benefits of living smaller and your fears will be put at ease. You can even browse the small house plan collection at Direct from the Designers. All the house plans in this collection are less than 2,000 square feet and come in a variety of styles. You are sure to find a house plan that fits your needs.
For many, outdoor decorations and lighting are as much a part of the winter holidays as gift giving and enjoying our favorite foods. With the rising cost in electricity, using LED (light emitting diode) lights can save you money without sacrificing your holiday display. LED holiday lights use 10 times less energy than mini bulbs and 100 times less than traditional holiday bulbs. For outdoor lighting, consider solar powered LED lights.
If you’re concerned about how holiday LED light strands compare to traditional incandescent lights, you’ll find you’re in for a wonderful treat. Here are some great, green reasons why making the switch to LED lights makes sense this holiday season.
LED lights are energy efficient. They can save up to 98% of the electricity needed to power incandescent light strands. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the amount of electricity consumed by just one 7-watt incandescent bulb could power 140 LEDs — enough to light two 24-foot strings.
The environmental benefits of using LED holiday lights are numerous. They use less electricity, are recyclable and don’t contain ultraviolet light or mercury.
Because they generate less heat, LED light bulbs are cool-to-the-touch. There’s also less risk of them overheating and catching fire.
The cost is surprisingly affordable if you’re a smart shopper. LED Holiday Light Exchange programs from your local utility company and government are making it easier for consumers to switch. Consult the website of your local utility, city or county for holiday light exchange or reduced-fee programs.
Unlike incandescent light bulbs, LEDs don’t have a filament that might break or burn out. They have epoxy lenses that are almost indestructible, which means you can drop them or step on them and they’ll keep on shining brightly. LED bulbs can last for more than 100,000 hours. That means you could potentially have your LED holiday light set around for several holiday seasons.
LED holiday light strings that have earned the U.S ENERGY STAR® rating last up to 10 times longer than traditional incandescent strands. They are also independently tested to meet strict lifetime and electrical requirements. Check for manufacturers that offer five-year warranties.
With LEDS you don’t have to worry about your lights burning out if one fails because holiday light strands have tiny built-in fuses. Be sure not mix incandescent and LED strands together.
Holiday LED lights come in vibrant colors, bright lights and a variety of shapes and styles. You also get the same special effects like blinking, dimming and color shifting but with new and more efficient technology.
Since they’re made of plastic and aren’t breakable, like their incandescent forefathers, they don’t require the extra cardboard, special slots and packing material that the old ones do. This makes them lighter and easier to store.
By using LEDS you are can still create a big holiday light display while being eco-friendly.
Direct from the Designers House Plans, Home Plans, Floor Plans offers one of the largest collections of online green house plans, including an the only collection of ENERGY STAR® approved house plans to assist homeowners and builders in building innovative, flexible and sustainable homes.
“The designers and architects of Direct from the Designers believe in creating innovative, energy-efficient green house plans that utilize all the latest green building techniques and products to make it easy and affordable for consumers and builders to build an authentic green home without sacrificing aesthetics,” said Christine Sears, Managing Director of Direct from the Designers. “We wanted to take it a step further by providing consumers with a comprehensive resource center called Green Living where they could read about the latest interior and exterior home building products, get inspiring home design ideas and tips and find the latest home product rebates and promotions.”
Articles like Building a Green Home, The Top 10 Commandments to Home Design and Gorgeous, Green Bathroom Products are key to assisting home builders in making informed decisions about green products and building techniques so they can determine how green they want their new home to be.
If you want to stay in touch with the newest green house plans from Direct from the Designers and read the latest articles added to Green Living, you’ll want to sign-up for Dream Green, a free weekly newsletter, showcasing the latest in green home building products and inspiring design ideas.
You’ll find cutting-edge designs like The Evergreen Cottage, which took first place in a recent ENERGY STAR/Green house plan competition, The Greenview House Plan, a contemporary two-story, perfect for narrow lots and the Award-winning Craftsman previewed each week in Dream Green.
Designers Direct House Plans celebrates its success as one of the leading online house plan providers for consumers and builders with a new, eco-friendly weekly newsletter called Dream Green. Dream Green is an informative weekly newsletter that offers practical advice and guidance, spotlights the latest green products and building technologies and provides in-depth articles on the latest trends and news related to building a green home.
Designers Direct House Plans continues to add new, innovative, energy-efficient designs to their existing collection of best-selling house plans, which are available in a wide range of architectural styles and sizes to make finding the perfect house plan an easy and enjoyable process.
Since it’s inception, they have added new innovative collections like ENERGY STAR® approved house plans, green house plans, fabulous kitchen designs, outdoor living spaces, a 3D collection and much more.
“In one short year, Designers Direct House Plan has become a top online house plan provider, where consumers and builders continue to come to find their dream house plans despite a global recession with the housing industry being the hardest hit,” said Christine Sears, Managing Director of Designers Direct House Plans. “I attribute our quick growth to having the best quality, energy-efficient house plans available online packaged in an engaging, progressive, easy to use website.”
Consumers can visit Designers Direct House Plans Green Living section, featuring the latest interior and exterior home building products and home design articles to build their new home. They’ll find everything from product slideshows, inspiring home product ideas and design tips, top green home products and money saving coupons.
Sign Up now so you do not miss a single issue of Dream Green, a FREE informative weekly newsletter to help guide and inspire consumers to build a green home. Every week you will also get a sneak peak at their newest, most stylish energy-efficient house plans.
Everything about this European house plan is green, especially the way it integrates the indoor and outdoor living spaces. From sustainable materials like stone and stucco to barrel tile roofs to energy-efficient appliances to eco-friendly floors, countertops and decorative millwork – this home is designed to last forever. This breathtaking design is filled with plenty of entertaining areas like the lanai, loggia, courtyard, porch and pool. Inside you can enjoy an open floor plan where the gourmet kitchen looks into the great room with fireplace and gallery.
You will also enjoy browsing our collection of new green house plans (all part of our first ENERGY STAR house plan competition), which you cannot find anywhere else. For more information on how to build or remodel a home to incorporate sustainable and energy efficient practices and products, check out the newly added Green Living section. It is packed with informative articles on the latest tips, trends and products so you can live healthy and smart.
This smart Craftsman house plan is ideal for small families, empty nesters and first-time homeowners looking for an efficient and flexible design. Don’t be fooled by the compact footprint of this smart floor plan. It features a generous great room designed for casual living with a large fireplace and open kitchen with an island and walk-in pantry. The flexibility of the floor plan continues to through to the bedrooms, which can easily be converted into a den or office
Total Square Footage: 1,624
Main Level: 1,624
Width: 50 ft Depth: 50 ft
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 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