The an eco-home, just as there are variety

The growing pollution through greenhouse gases, the loss of natural resources, destruction of our ecosystem and basic resources have led to the development of the most important design and construction concepts – green building and sustainable design. The author explains that “more than a million single-family homes are built every year in the United States alone and all of those houses consume an inordinate amount of natural resources and energy” (Johnston 330). The way we chose the materials and build our homes can have a massive  influence in our future as well as our planet. With the constant change of our environment around us, it is important to be environmentally aware and active. It is even more important when you try to consider and think about how much money you can save by building an eco-friendly  home. The methods you can go about changing your home to become a greenhouse is easy and simple. According to the author “A green home is run by renewable energy, utilizing orientation and window placement for passive solar heating and natural ventilation or cooling, and has a solar domestic hot water system” (Chiras 191). Everything you can think about is possible if you really want to save energy which you can  implement in creating a green space for you and your family. There are variety of ways to build an eco-home, just as there are variety of structures use for most modern standard houses. Determining which is the best and most eco-friendly option plays a huge role. Based on my research, geographic location, size, proper insulation, 3 R’s, and solar panels are all vital to achieve it. That’s why I recommend that all of us should follow these techniques for more affordable housing and sustainability. The first thing that you need to consider is location. The author points out that “avoid building west facing home; as a result, it will keep your home cool as it minimizes sun exposure” (Kamial 11). Also, avoid building houses in earthquake, hurricane or flood prone areas and check if the place is accessible to stores you need such as grocery shop, gas station, bart or bus station, etc. The second thing to consider is the size. Smaller is Better: A small home built with eco friendly techniques is going to have less environmental impact because it cost less to heat and cool because of the limited space provided, which is a good thing because that means you can save more energy and electricity. The third thing to consider is Proper Insulation: Heating and cooling account your home’s energy consumption. Proper insulation will not only reduce your energy consumption but it will bring down your electricity bills greatly because you are taking advantage of the proper ventilation.. The fourth thing is Reduce, Reuse, Recycle: Reduce products that are not eco-friendly, reuse your old material such as wood floors, doors, windows to your next house and recycled materials such as recycled glass, aluminium, recycled tile, reclaimed lumber, recycled plastic which can be used in green home building. The last thing to consider is Installing Solar Panels: Solar energy is one of the best renewable source of energy.  Solar panels may be expensive at first, but the long-term savings you can put into your pocket is a stunning example of the benefits of turning your life from black to green. According to the author “Green homes are designed, built and operated so that by using energy, water and building materials intelligently, modern society can live well without needlessly damaging the environment” (Philander 468). Which means that the pros of following these techniques involves water and energy efficiency because it involves the use innovations that will help you conserve more energy. Second is maintenance. These buildings do not require frequent maintenance as a result, time and money is saved. Third, Indoor Air Quality; the quality of air is improved, this is because healthy and natural materials are used in the process such as solar power, instead of charcoal. Fourth is Material Efficiency. The author explains that “green design sometimes referred to as sustainable design or ecological design is a process by which products are revealed to be more sustainable and lasts longer” (Philander 466). These green architectures utilize materials that are renewable, recyclable, reusable, and non-toxic. Such as straw, recycled metal, concrete, lumber, etc. . However there are also cons of following these techniques. As the author illustrates, “Not everyone is jumping on the green building bandwagon” (Deneen 28). The first reason why is Temperature Regulation, green buildings use cooling components like natural ventilation. This means homeowners do not have full control to be able to decrease or increase temperatures. Second is, costs because these structures are quite expensive. In fact, homeowners might have to invest their money. However, in the long run, the invested money will return through energy-saving possibilities. Third is, Labor Law Requirements because homeowners should consider it and advised to seek help from professionals in order to avoid any issues or costly liabilities. Last is Time, more time is needed to build green structure because it is difficult to find the materials needed. Although there are many cost-effective ways to go green, some of them are often forgotten. In order to have a productive green home, you need to be able to cut costs when required that’s why I recommend you to follow these green home building ideas. This means using less electricity and trying to eliminate the products that have a negative impact in the environment. Green building is definitely something that everyone should take part in. According to the author, “Building the right-sized green homes involves making eco-smart decisions” (Smith 38). In any case, this doesn’t necessarily mean you to have to rebuild your home completely. You can always start with a few changes within your home, such as cutting down your electricity usage. This way, you don’t only save money; you will also be making a huge impact on the environment.