5 Common Green Building Myths Busted
Busting Green Remodeling Myths
With so much hype surrounding the green movement, it’s no wonder you’re confused. If you’re considering green remodeling but have been hesitant to move forward because of any number of myths about the process, we’re here to set the record straight.
Here, we debunk five of the most common green building myths:
Green Remodeling Is Just Another Passing Fad
This can’t last, you think. Green remodeling is sure to go the way of Jazzercise, Hammer pants, and the “Rachel” haircut, you think. The truth is green building and remodeling are not exactly new concepts. Before suburban sprawl, manufactured homes and ready-made subdivisions became the construction norm, builders used local materials, equipped homes and businesses with features that made them well-suited for their particular climate, and built new construction within walking distance of town amenities and public transportation. Today’s green remodeling initiatives are essentially just improving upon things we’ve already been doing for years.
“Green” Is A Political Term
The topic of global warming is pretty controversial, and many people—incorrectly—assume that anyone who supports green initiatives is a Democrat, a “hippie,” or a West Coaster. However, plenty of mainstream Americans are embracing the green movement because it makes sense financially as well as environmentally. Whether you lean to the right or to the left, you use the earth’s resources every single day. Going green isn’t a political statement; it’s a solid investment in the future of this planet that we all share.
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Green Remodeling Is Expensive
This is one of the most common myths about green building—it’s too expensive to make much sense for ordinary people. Yet most of the green construction projects that get major media exposure are large-scale commercial jobs, not modest residential renovations. There are plenty of ways to lower the cost of energy efficient home remodels including tax incentives, rebates and operating savings over time.
It’s Almost Impossible To Do A Green Remodel That Will Match A Home’s Existing Aesthetic
Gaudy solar panels atop a quaint cottage, cumbersome wind turbines next to elegant Georgian columns, recycled wood cabinets with polished marble countertops—you’ll never find green products to compliment your home’s current style, right? Wrong! Just because products are green doesn’t mean they have to look cheap or sci-fi. Most modern green home renovations should respect your home’s aesthetic, and if they’re designed by a qualified professional no one will likely ever know the difference. Some renovations, such as energy efficient heating and cooling equipment or extra insulation, are virtually invisible.
Going Green Means A Total Home Overhaul
There’s no need to take an “all or nothing” approach to green home renovation. Any renovations are essentially green because you’re preserving or improving something that’s already there rather than building on a new site. There are plenty of small changes you can make that will improve your home’s efficiency or cut down on environmental waste: choose low or VOC-free paint, install a programmable thermostat, buy Energy Star appliances, or find ways to reuse or repurpose found items.