Common Myths About Building “Green”

These days, everybody wants to “build green”. There are “green” products being offered in masse for both the interior and exterior of a building. If you are planning to build or remodel a home, office, or any other type of structure, you will be faced with a variety of sustainable and environmentally-friendly options. Unfortunately, there are many misconceptions about so-called “green building supplies” and other products.

Here are some of the common myths about energy-efficient construction:

Building Supplies: Building Green by The Lumber GuysMyth #1: Green building may work in some places, but it won’t work here.

Don’t think that solar panels, wind turbines, and other renewable energy systems don’t have their place in your part of Ontario. As long as your roof is built properly, solar panels may be more effective than you might think. It’s all about strategic design and placement. These days, solar panels and wind turbines don’t even cost all that much.

Myth #2: As long as a product has a green label, it must be green.

This may or may not be true, depending on the current standards and how they are defined.  What is or is not green isn’t something that is entirely objective. It’s best to do a bit of research on each and every building supply youa re thinking about buying. Familiarize yourself with the ingredients or composition to find out if anything is really toxic. Also, keep in mind that there are some legitimately clean products out there that actually do NOT have the green label.

Myth #3: Building green costs more money.

Energy-efficient materials are not more “expensive” than not so energy-efficient materials. Even if the initial cost is a bit more, the sustainability and energy savings will make the investment worthwhile. In general, green building offers many great benefits, such as improved indoor air quality. They require fewer resources to develop and are aesthetically pleasing. Not only do energy-efficient materials eventually pay for themselves through reduced energy bills over time, they also increase the resale value of the home or property.

Myth #4: Green products don’t work as well as traditional products.

This statement may had some truth behind it some ten years or so ago, but today, green building is more mainstream and better efforts are put into building energy-efficient products that do perform well. Modern technologies have advanced to the point at which green building materials are more useful, reliable, and readily available. This is also true with construction techniques and architectural design methods.

Myth #5: Sustainable design is unappealing and unattractive.

Image is important, and it’s a designer’s job to make a home or office look as attractive as possible. There is a sentiment with many designers that green building puts limitations on what can be accomplished with the design. This simply isn’t true. A green home can look just like a traditional home. Or, if you’d prefer a sleek, modern home or office, this can easily be achieved with sustainable building supplies as well.

These are just a few myths that you may have heard or read about concerning green building. If you want to build a sustainable, environmentally-friendly home, you really do have a lot of options, no matter which part of Toronto you live.

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