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VOL12ISS1 2016

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35 THe oRIGINAl ReloCATIoN GuIDe — CoAsTAl NC | Volume 12—Issue 1 are environmentally responsible and resource-effcient is gaining momentum every day. Green technology can complement and even expand the classical building design concerns of economy, utility, durability, and comfort. Taking advantage of green building tax credits aids in not only short-term spending but over the long haul in much lower costs in the future. Thanks to improvements made in building processes and materials, homes built today are 100% more energy- effcient than homes built, for instance, in the 70s. The advances include more durable roof coverings, better insulated windows, increased amount of insulation, plus high-effciency heating, cooling, and water heating devices and equipment. Another thing to remember about green building is that, as with any type of structure, it comes from the bottom up. Green homes do more than just provide an economical ways to heat water, keep out the cold, or recycle some landfll-destined materials; they incorporate environmental considerations and resource effciency into every step of the process including how to minimize environmental impact. Of course the design, construction, and operation of a home must focus on energy and water efficiency, resource efficient building design and materials, and indoor environmental quality, but too often "newbies" to the green world focus only on the structure and not on the home's overall impact on the environment. When choosing a green home site, for instance, care should be taken to preserve trees and other vegetation native to the area. As your plans develop, driveways and other impervious surfaces should be reduced as much as possible to avoid runoff. This may be accomplished by building them out of gravel, permeable block pavers, grids, or other such systems. Developments seen recently point to one inevitable truth — residential green building is no longer a trend, it is the future of building. Whether you decide to build or buy, or somehow blend the two for your new home, nothing helps as much or saves you as much as doing your homework first. Remember, that starts well before calling a realtor to start opening doors and before you start dreaming of what might be. []

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