Fact or Fiction? The Biggest Green Building Myths Uncovered
Many consumers are under the impression that Green Building is "more expensive", it's not as beneficial to the environment as marketing makes it seem, or it's "just a fad". The reasons listed below are just a few points of proof that Green Building is here to stay.
1. Building Green is more "expensive".
More expensive than what? Expensive is used here as a relative term. Construction costs on a Green-certified home are higher than an average home of comparable size, but you can later offset those costs with a healthier, happier family.
It's also true that customers are willing to pay more for energy efficiency. According to NAHB's Builder magazine, there's no better way to keep a customer happy than to provide a home that's comfortable, requires little upkeep, and saves them money in the long run. It's as simple as that!
2. The installation and labor headaches aren't worth it.
Yes, it's true that homes of better quality require more time, planning, and the hand of a skilled laborer. But in the end, it's worth it. You'll have fewer callbacks and complaints if the job is done right the first time around. Many builders who have switched over to energy-efficient building can testify that spending a little extra time and effort can result in huge rewards in the end.
3. Green Building is just a fad.
Green Building has been very successfully implemented in Europe and all over the world. California is a leading pioneer for Green Building in the U.S., and many people are jumping on the bandwagon, including the U.S. Government. The government is the largest builder in the United States, and is instrumental in promoting Green Building through design and example. Green Building works in all climates, can benefit the buyer, the seller, and the environment, and will soon become the primary source of sustainability in the future.
4. Non-toxic, natural products don't actually help the environment.
Most of the building products that are used for environmentally-friendly buildings and homes are non-toxic and natural, though some individuals still cannot tolerate the due to sensitivities. While using non-toxic materials indoors to reduce/eliminate air pollution is not even a question anymore, it's harder to tell for exterior materials. Because relatively so few people use these materials, they're not making much progress in terms of reducing worldwide carbon dioxide levels.
5. Building Green homes and commercial buildings creates jobs.
Not only do we need people to construct these buildings, we also need people to create the materials. It's amazing how many steps go into creating one specific product for a building project. There are thousands of different components that go into a house or commercial building. It's not just about the products though; it's about the equipment too! We need people to build and operate all of the different tools and vehicles, from the big trucks and bulldozers, down to the hand tools such as hammers and screwdrivers. Going Green can produce benefits in all sectors of life.