In the current economy, much of the concern is over cost of energy and stability of home prices. Traditional home owners spend a considerable portion of their income on energy bills. Owners of energy efficient homes can decrease energy costs by nearly 30%. Currently tax incentives and energy efficient mortgages make energy efficient homes an even better investment. Moreover, while traditional home prices have dropped within the last year, energy efficient homes have enjoyed greater stability.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, green homes can be healthier to live in. While some traditional building materials can release chemicals that decrease indoor air quality, potentially causing cancer and asthma, use of appropriate ventilation systems and low emission products has been found to improve indoor air quality.
Finally, green building practices make a lasting impact to the positive future of our world. Fully 16% of U.S. greenhouse gas emissions come from energy used by our homes. Not only do green homes have less of an impact on the environment by decreasing energy use they employ a host of other proven methodologies and products to decrease the overall impact of building on the environment.