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May 21, 2008 > How green is your house?

How green is your house?

By Bosky Panjvani

In this age of global warming, building a "green" and energy efficient home appears to be a sensible decision. Green homes have a huge impact on the environment as they help conserve energy and promote healthy living.

To demonstrate this concept, Build it Green is hosting a one-day home tour of 18 green built and remodeled houses on Sunday, June 1 in Alameda and Contra Costa counties.
Visitors will not only see the advantage of having a green home, but will also meet the owners of these green homes and learn more about little details that make a huge difference.

Paul Welschmeyer, an architect and owner of a green home in Niles that will be featured on the tour notes that it is important to recycle materials during construction and use energy efficient methods. He offers a few tips for those interested in building a green home:

Tile, hardwood floors and linoleum floors are good options in place of a carpeted floor.

Trees create shade for temperature control

Gardens can be covered with gravel to help restoration and percolation of rainwater.

Consider recycled fencing

Salvaged rocks and concrete can be used for paving.

Concrete floor heating is an economical alternative to other forms of heating during winter months.

Maximize natural daylight by using translucent doors and windows.

Conventional fireplaces can waste energy; consider a decorative fuel efficient alternative.

Welschmeyer knows that owning a green house is not a difficult task. With advance planning, an existing house can be remodeled or new construction designed as an energy efficient house that will look beautiful, conserve natural resources and save money.

Build it Green Home tour
Sunday, June 1
10 a.m. - 5p.m.
Alameda and Contra Costa counties

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