"Rebuilding Schenectady-
One home at a time."

 

120 Emmon Street
Main Office-RM 121
Schenectady, NY
12304


Tel: 518-372-6469
Fax: 518-688-0199


 

 

 

The environmental impact of the residential sector is significant. There are more than 120 million homes in the United States, and about 2 million new homes are constructed each year. According to the U.S. Department of energy, the residential sector accounts for 22% of the total energy consumed in the U.S. and 74% of the water. Indoor air pollutants can often be four to five times higher than outdoor levels. Twenty-one percent of U.S. carbon dioxide emissions are contributed be the residential sector. The considerable impact on the environment created by homes necessitates a shift toward more sustainable residences.
 
Green home building addresses these issues by promoting the design and construction of homes that have much higher performance levels than conventional homes (i.e., homes that are built to the minimum building codes). Generally, green homes are healthier, more comfortable, more durable and more energy efficient. And of course, they also have a much smaller environmental footprint than conventional homes.
 
Green homes rely upon established and proven design features and technologies that do not have a significantly large cost. Many green measures will reduce long term costs, particularly those features that involve energy and water efficiency. In many cases, these reductions in operating costs will more than offset the additional up-front costs of a green home. The home building industry is beginning to recognize the value of healthy homes, environmentally responsible projects. The LEED for Homes Rating System provides a basis for quantifying the benefits of green homes, thereby facilitating a wider adoption of this more sustainable approach to home building.
 
 

 

 

 

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