There’s no way to avoid the topic on everyone’s minds: climate change. In our current social and political environment, what to do about climate change can feel overwhelming. But the old adage remains the same, change begins at home. Or in Clarum’s case, with the home. For 23 years its been our mission to lead the way in building modern homes minimizing how construction impacts the environment. The result: beautiful and comfortable dwellings, respectful of the earth and its inhabitants.
The EPA recommends adopting green building strategies, particularly in the design and construction phase. Choosing a high-efficiency or passive home supports the health of our environment by consuming less energy, conserving non-renewable resources, and reducing your ecological footprint. Consider these positive benefits to green home construction:
In the US, buildings are responsible for nearly half of US CO2 emissions – more than the transportation sector. This makes buildings the largest contributor to climate change.
Both the energy consumption of buildings and the materials they are built with are releasing toxins. These toxins also create unhealthy indoor air. In fact, the average new home’s air quality can be up to five times worse than outdoor levels. Clarum’s holistic approach to sustainable building substantially reduces a home’s overall environmental pollutant level.
In our High Performance Home Building Guide we lay out the consumption and associated costs of the average single family home as compared to a passively built home over a 30 year mortgage period.
Aside from saving homeowners considerable money on electric bills alone, passive homes can reduce your energy consumption up to 90% through a combination of conservation systems.
On average, constructing a new single-family home generates between 6,960 to 12,064 lbs. of landfill waste.
At Clarum, we believe there is more to building a high-efficiency home then just the numbers on your utility bill. Ecologically-friendly building materials and how they are manufactured are carefully considered. Priority is placed on products maximizing durability and longevity while minimizing environmental impact. This includes our thoughtful approach to planning how your new home will embrace the surrounding property.
The positive environmental benefits of green building include reducing waste, conserving energy and improving air and water quality. Plus, you’d be surprised to learn building a high-performance home really doesn’t cost much more than a conventional one. You’ll feel just as good about those drastically lower utility bills as you will about your dramatically lighter footprint on the planet.
Call us at 650.322.7069 to learn more about building your dream home with Clarum.