“The construction market responds to changes just like any other, and successful construction managers stay on top of current trends. Construction trade magazines provide the kind of in-depth analysis that consumer magazines can only hint at, but even they may have a hard time keeping up with developments.
Skyrocketing energy costs have driven a new movement toward energy-efficient, sustainable homes. This is more than just a new fad, it’s a completely different way of thinking from the ground up. Construction trade magazines are doing their best to keep readers up to date, but technological developments are emerging almost daily.
The good news is that certain types of construction trade magazines focus on different aspects of green houses. That makes it easier to track these groundbreaking developments.
It Starts with Green Materials
Anyone who wants a green home would have a hard time compromising their principles by using wasteful and harmful building materials. A wide range of sustainable building materials have been presented, and many have been installed to great success.
Examples of green building materials are recycled stone and metal. The wood in green building often comes from a wood like bamboo, which grows very quickly and makes for easy sustainable forests. Furthermore, these materials should be developed close to where you are planning on building your house. By contrast, most building materials on the market were harvested far away, and consumed large quantities of gasoline in being shipped to your region.
Unfortunately, the definition of “green” varies from region to region, and is sometimes applied too liberally. Construction trade magazines are tracking various movements to create a single set of standards, but that is still a work in progress.
The Benefits: Less Waste, Less Energy
Building the green home may cost more in the short term. Obviously, green materials will be more expensive that the cheap knockoffs at the common hardware store. In the long run however, green materials pay off. Studies in both construction trade magazines and other mainstream publications have shown that the savings over the years more than offset the initial cost.
Green houses sometimes use onsite compost bins that efficiently process organic waste into fertilizer. Other homes have onsite power generators that operate off renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power. Typically, this is the most expensive aspect of green building, but it’s also the most beneficial.
But the green home sometimes relies on even simpler solutions. Most green homes are built so that they absorb as much daylight as possible, lessening the amount of electricity that must be spent on lights.”