New homes are more energy-efficient than ever. When you’re investing in a newly built home, you get to make decisions about appliances and windows that affect your home energy rating. By choosing an eco-friendly builder, you also have an impact on how big of a carbon footprint your neighborhood makes. Just as you choose energy efficient equipment for your home, make sure your homebuilder makes choices that improve the livability of the community.

Poor water management and inefficient lighting can affect all living creatures in your neighborhood. Quality homes make a real difference in the world and create value for homeowners. Ask potential builders what eco-efficient designs they use to minimize your community’s impact on the world.

Managing Storm water and Runoff

Homebuilders may not be responsible for paving the roads, but they can pressure developers to choose road materials that soak up storm water and slowly release it through evaporation. The absorbent pavement makes driving in your neighborhood safer by reducing water spray and increasing tire traction.

This special pavement is beneficial to aquatic creatures too, as it reduces the quantity of storm water runoff to surrounding streams, rivers, and lakes. Permeable road also acts as a simple filter which improves the quality of any undiverted runoff.

Choose an eco-friendly builder that prioritizes protecting local aquatic life. Minimizing environmental impact is especially important when the community is steps away from sand and surf, like these new homes in Newport Beach.

Cooling Heat Islands

Densely populated areas packed with buildings and pavement can reflect heat more than vegetation-rich surrounding areas. Builders can make cities cooler and reduce air conditioning demands by including vegetation rich areas which naturally cool the surrounding air and provide shade.

You’ll benefit from lower ambient temperatures, and use less energy for air conditioning, when you select a builder that is willing to designate green spaces and use building materials that reflect less heat. Human residents aren’t the only winners, though. Cooler surfaces can lower the temperature of storm water runoff, resulting in less thermal shock to aquatic life in the waterways.

Reducing Light Pollution

Poorly designed street lights can make it harder to see the stars, but the real issue is that light pollution adversely affects the natural cycles of wildlife.

Find a green homebuilder willing to install community-wide solutions like glare-free bulbs that face downward. Reflective pavement can make it easier to see at night, reducing overhead lighting requirements while keeping community members safe, and saving money and energy.

Reducing Noise Levels

A well-designed neighborhood uses walls, fences, and greenbelts to limit noise impact on the environment. Combining a site’s natural shape and contours with a careful arrangement of buildings can shield residents and wildlife from excessive noise.

Seek out a reputable homebuilder that is committed to creating a neighborhood that minimizes the impact on the immediate environment. You’ll benefit from the careful acoustic design and ensure that your community is in harmony with its natural surroundings.

Make an Impact

Homeowners can have an outsized impact on the environment by choosing eco-friendly homebuilders. If you’re in the market for a new home, make good choices for your home and your environment. Ask potential builders about progressive building techniques that lower the community’s impact on the world.

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