Learn more about building or remodeling a green home.
Building a green home is more than just putting solar panels on your roof or using non-toxic finishes. It is a complete, integrated process, thoughtfully approached and designed to maximize benefits for both the homeowner and environment. A big component of a home being “green”, is reducing energy costs. There are many ways to make a home more energy efficient and several different levels of third party certification a home can attain such as Net-Zero Ready, Net-Zero Certified and LEED Certifications.
Bend Craftsmen Company is proud to work with Earth Advantage and the Energy Trust of Oregon to help homeowners reach their desired level of energy efficiency and take advantage of special tax incentives and rebates that are offered.
Where does it begin?
The first step in building a new green home is proper orientation on your lot. Taking advantage of both winter and summer sun angles therefore reducing the energy needed to heat or cool your home.
The building envelope.
The next step in building a green, energy efficient home is a thoughtful design of the building’s shell or envelope. The goal here is to make it tight. We do this by using advanced framing techniques, installing triple pane windows, proving thorough air sealing measures and more. All this works together to create a well insulated, air-tight home that provides a higher level of comfort and reduced energy use throughout the entire home.