The Misconceptions of Building Green

In recent years, sustainable building has become a real hot topic for not only the consumer, but home builders alike. At Riggs Construction & Design, we are proud to say that we have been practicing responsible building techniques since 1959. We know how important “going green” is and what is takes to get there… but do you?


Let’s take a look at a few of the common misconceptions that are attached to the sustainable building industry.


#1 – It’s more expensive: Whenever something is new or different people automatically assume it will cost more. When it comes to building green, that is simply not the case.  When a home is better insulated and operating more efficiently it will cause your utility costs to drop, thus saving you money.


#2 – It’s too much work: For many Americans, when they hear “going green” they think: dirt roofs, rain water recycling and no heating or cooling systems. While those methods are practiced by some, there are other, less complex ways to make your home more eco-friendly. For example, installing new windows, siding, and faucets/showerheads are all simple, yet effective ways to make your home more efficient.


#3 – Lower quality: We aren’t really sure how this one got started, but for some reason many believe if a home is built using sustainable material, it is of lesser quality. All building material, both green and conventional, must pass building code. If it doesn’t pass code, it can’t be used: period.


#4 – Every bit counts: One of the biggest misconceptions about “going green” is that you have to be “all in” in order to make a difference. The truth of the matter is that even the smallest modifications such as replacing your windows or using LED light bulbs can reduce your carbon footprint.


If you would like to know more about sustainable building, please don’t hesitate to give Riggs a call today.  We have a certified green professional on staff ready to help you get the most out of your home!

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