There have been controversies on the greenness of a home; is it because of the color or the conceptual meaning of nature? When is a home considered to be green? A green building is considered so if it is able to reduce various negative effects buildings have on our natural environment and its inhabitants. A green home therefore is one designed to save energy with the use of solar, wind and geothermal. It must have sufficient cross ventilation and reduce volatile organic compound to the minimum. It must employ sustainable materials and resources that have little to no damaging effect on the environment. It must have in-built water management system.
The excitement around green home building has resulted in a myriad of myths. Some of the most common myths include:
- They are Expensive
A lot of people have come to the conclusion that considering a green home building is far more expensive than ordinary building. But how true is this? Ordinary buildings are also expensive depending on the design and other factors in place. So, to conclude that green homes are more expensive without proper cost analysis that compares it with other categories of home is a myth. And, should it cost more, you stand the chance of enjoying more benefits and spending less than someone who embarks on normal building in the long run.
- Designed for Tree/green lovers
It is assumed that green buildings are designed for tree/green lovers, but how true is this? Are tree lovers created to enjoy the natural benefits of life alone like good indoor air ventilation, very small environmental effect and good health that green home affords? We sure do desire all these and not streamlined to only tree lovers. Embracing it is embracing nature and all the benefits it has to offer.
- Green Products Not Helpful.
Another myth about green home is the fact that green products have not been of any benefit to our immediate environment. How true is this? While green homes does not imply building homes with grasses and shrubs, we daily crave for natural things, especially natural products instead of artificial ones. If green products have not been helpful, can we say others are of better value? No.
- Lack Real Beauty-They are Ugly
It is generally believed that green homes are ugly and lack the natural beauty that ordinary homes have. Just like other homes, a green home can be built with varied design and quality. The most important thing is to incorporate sustainable technologies into it. We have ugly or plain conventional homes depending on its architectural design. In actual sense, green homes can be more beautiful than conventional ones considering the sustainable technologies in use.
- New and Inefficient
Green home buildings are considered by some as a new concept and completely inefficient if compared to other categories of building. To debunk this myth, materials being used in most green homes have been in existence for several years but have been technologically improved upon to benefit man. Most people now desire a change from the ordinary cheap homes made with harmful materials that are not cost-effective. The essence of green home is a natural cry for change to enhance purity, good health and harmony with our environment. They are therefore, more technologically enhanced and efficient than our common homes.
- Green Label
It is myth to believe that all products labeled “green” in the market or displayed for sale is green. There are many fake products trying to win their way into customers’ heart by using green label while there are real green products without the green label on them.
- Location Specific
Many people believe that green homes can only work in some specific areas and not for all locations. As long as the desired materials can be sourced, then, it can be used anywhere around the world and not limited to California or Europe alone.
- Green Is VOC Compliant
Because volatile organic compound is closely associated with green homes many believe that it is bad. Not all VOC reacts with chlorine to form smog in the atmosphere as some have come to believe neither is it all bad.
- Green Home And Solar
Green house is often associated with solar technology while there are other essential components apart from this. Technology is fast changing, there many other sustainable energy solutions homeowners can resort to without necessarily depending on solar.
- Green Building and Substandard Technology
At the mention of green building, many people associate it with local and substandard materials, but the truth about green home is that, not only natural materials are used. Sophisticated technologies are also involved.
The purpose of green house awareness is to reduce the negative effects some of the normal building materials are having on us and the environment, and not what should be seen as odd system. All the above myths of green home building have been debunked by experts and people are encouraged to adopt the green building technology globally.subscribe to rss