Friday, May 10, 2013

Home Construction and Renovation Industry Vital to Nation's Economy

Homes have significant environmental impacts beyond energy and climate change. Water use and water resources protection is another critical concern. Between 1950 and 2000, the U.S. population nearly doubled, but in that same period, public demand for water more than tripled.

Homes use far more water than other types of buildings, and opportunities abound for cutting water use through simple strategies like upgrading faucets and fixtures, and changing landscaping and maintenance routines.
The home construction and renovation industry is vital to our nation's economy, and it generates countless opportunities to create markets for green building materials and practices that utilize recycled materials and/or use less toxic ingredients or components. If you are building a new home or renovating your home, you now have a wide range of greener options in construction techniques and materials, appliances, lighting, flooring, countertops, furnishings, paints and finishes, and several other aspects of construction.
Households generate a significant amount of waste, which has a big impact on the environment. This site provides information on recycling opportunities and insights into the reduction of home waste generation. This site also provides information on recycling construction and demolition debris during renovation, and buying recycled products to 'close the loop'.
Finally, homes are a place where we spend significant amounts of our time on a daily basis.

As such, it is very important to have a healthful home environment, including good indoor air quality.  The EPA provides information on how to enhance the healthiness of your home as you explore the process of greening your home.
Not only can a greener home be more energy and water efficient, it also can have a reduced carbon footprint, be less expensive to operate, and be a healthier place to live. But it's important to understand that not everything advertised as green always succeeds in meeting these goals.  The EPA will help you navigate your way through the green claims you encounter.

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