Building and Buying Homes in Our New Favorite Color “Green”Posted on October 24th, 2012 10 comments
Building and buying homes that are energy efficient and environmentally conscious is what seems to be on a lot of people’s minds. More and more buyers are becoming increasingly aware of the advantages of building green or buying a home that already has environmentally friendly and efficiency standards in place.
With electric rates rising as well as the concern for our environment’s condition, statistics show that people are ready to listen, open their minds and see how living green is a shift from being more efficient to being more effective. Now in days, people are even willing to pay anywhere from 1 to 3 percent more for this type of home.
Just in case you aren’t familiar with the “Building or Buying Green” topic, the basic principle driving this is defined by making sure the products in the home come from sustainable resources, the items are non-toxic, are recyclable, and help reduce energy use. You can easily break it down into three basic categories which is water efficiency, smart energy, and architecture/landscaping.
When it comes to water efficiency, there are a few things that builder are doing can be implemented in your own home.
* Depending on your local building regulations, some homes are designed to collect rain water for the garden and landscaping.
* Manufactures have now designed what is called an “instant gas water heater” which only uses energy to heat water when needed preventing people from letting the water run until its warm.
* Installing low flow heads on faucets, and showers as well as low flow commodes are also water efficiency practices.
Smart Energy refers to both materials and products.
* EnergyStar appliances
* Passive solar day lighting
* Improved insulation
* Compact Fluorescent lights (CFL)
* Improved insulation
* High-Performance windows
* 12 to 14 SEER variable speed dehumidification controlled, electronic air cleaning, heat pump system
* Extra-sealed air conditioning ducts
* TVs and other electronics that automatically power down when not in use
* Ceiling fans in each room
Architecture and landscaping are also very important when it comes to either looking for or building a green home.
* Situating a home to prevent the heat from the sun
* Decrease the number of windows on the south and west sides of the home
* Tight construction (Sealing)
* Reused antique brick walkways
* Recycled content roof and wall sheathing
* Countertops made from recycled concrete and glass
* Locally handcrafted cabinetry
* Landscape with plants and trees that are compatible with the local environment and climate
You can find green homes in the Jacksonville Florida real estate area and other Northeast Florida areas. Within the last two years (2006 – 2008), 500 EnergyStar homes have been built in Jacksonville Florida. You can also find green built homes in Amelia Park. Currently there are approximately 420 homes there.
Ryland Homes, Cornerstone Homes, HabiJax, Beazer Homes (most active), and McClellan Homes are some of the named builders who are building green standard homes.
Organizations that are currently participating in the green built home effort is Energy Star, Green Built Homes of America, LEED-H, Florida Green Building Coalition, FPL (Florida Power & Light) Build Smart, and Florida Water Star. These are great resources to use when researching green built homes and how you can get involved.
We hope you find this article interesting and useful and find the advice motivating enough to “Go Green”.
Are you having a bad day? Here are some jokes that’ll surely make you crack up!?
***The Indian With One Testicle
There once was an Indian who had only one testicle
and whose given name was ‘Onestone’. He hated that
name and asked everyone not to call him Onestone.
After years and years of torment, Onestone finally
cracked and said,’ If anyone calls me Onestone
again I will kill them!’
The word got around and nobody called
him that any more.
Then one day a young woman named Blue Bird
forgot and said, ‘Good morning, Onestone.’ He
jumped up, grabbed her and took her deep into
the forest where he made love to her all day and
all night.. He made love to her all the next day,
until Blue Bird died from exhaustion.
The word got around that Onestone meant what
he promised he would do. Years went by and no
one dared call him by his given name until A woman
named Yellow Bird returned to the village after being
away. Yellow Bird , who was Blue Bird’s cousin, was
overjoyed when she saw Onestone. She hugged him
and said, ‘Good to see you, Onestone.’
Onestone grabbed her, took her deep into the forest,
then he made love to her all day, made love to her all
night, made love to her all the next day, made love to
her all the next night, but Yellow Bird wouldn’t die!
OH, come on… take a guess !!!
Think about it !!!
You’re going to love this !!!
You can’t kill Two Birds
with OneStone !!!
***This guy is sitting inside a bar, just looking at his drink. He stays like that for half-an-hour. Then, this big trouble-making bully steps next to him, takes the drink from the guy, and just drinks it all down. The poor man starts crying.
The bully says: ”Come on man, I was just joking. Tell ya what, I’ll buy you another drink. I just can’t see a man crying.”
”No, it’s not that. Today day is the worst of my life. First, I overslept and was late to an important meeting. My boss was outrageous and fired me. When I left the building to my car, I found out it was stolen. The police said they could do nothing. I got a cab to return home, paid the cab driver, and the cab drove off. It was then I found that I left my wallet in the cab. I finally got home only to find my wife was in bed with another man. I left home and came to this bar. And when I was thinking about putting an end to my life, you show up and drink my poison…
***A redhead, and brunette, and a blonde are taking a stroll down the sidewalk. This man approaches them, and said, "If you tell rhis mirror a truth, it will grant your greatest wish, tell it a lie and you will disappear forever."
So the brunette thinks, and then goes, "My favorite color is green. Wait, no! It’s bl–." *POOF*
The redhead thinks, and then goes, "I think that my favorite shoe are my Converse. Wait, no! They’re my Va–." *POOF*
The blonde goes, "I think–." *POOF*
*** Heres a video:
it is freaking hilarious!
I Heard these jokes from all over Y!A! Just Wanted to remind people how great they are by giving them tons of smiles!
thanks i needed a little joke too pop up my day today
a lesbain walks into weight watchers where the lady at the desk says "welcome to weight watchers where here you are what you eat"
the lesbian looks at her and says
"so what you’re calling me a cunt?"
HA! I ♥ that one about the can’t kill 2 birds w/ one stone
FRIGGIN HILARIOUS!!! I laughed, took a breather and laughed again. Post more STAR
Did you make those up?there pretty good.Star
lol the first one was the best
lol i like it
Haha thank you, that just made my day!! :]
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