Green the New Future for Housing
- October 28th, 2017
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Green is everywhere, from the cars we buy to the food we eat; the demand for environmentally friendly products and services seems to be insatiable. Green is spreading to every aspect of our life, including the home we live in. To see this, let’s take a look at the Daybreak Community, Utah’s largest development and maybe surprisingly one the most environmentally friendly developments. To examine the various aspects of a green community we will look at three different areas, the home itself, the home exterior and the actual community.
The HomeDaybreak Homes comply with the ENERGY STAR standard. This means they are up to 30% more energy efficient than a standard new construction home. This is obtained via various means including installation of extra insulation, and high efficiency furnaces / air conditioning units. In order to ensure that homes comply they have to undergo a process of inspection and testing. If people want to go the extra mile there are also homes that use solar panels and geothermal. The solar panels are used to heat hot water and provide electricity, while the geothermal works by exchanging heat from the ground to both heat and cool the home.
Home ExteriorWhile some people think that green living finishes with the property, Daybreak have extended this to include the yard. There are restrictions enforced by the homeowners association which dictate what a homeowner can do with their yard. This includes limiting the amount of yard covered by grass and requiring the use of local drought tolerant plants. In addition to this the sprinkler systems are connected to a weather station. All these items are designed to conserve the use of water. For those people who want to grow their own vegetables, a number of community gardens are located throughout the development.