Building “Green” in Highlands or Cashiers NC is a rewarding experience. Green building refers to the practice of increasing the efficiency of resources within buildings including energy, water, and building materials. Because the Highlands/ Cashiers NC area shines with natural beauty, reducing the impact of building is a primary concern when choosing custom features on your new home. Here are some things to keep in mind when building green:
Take advantage of renewable resources. Using sunlight, reducing energy consumption, and building with sustainably harvested lumber, recycled barn wood, and bamboo all help in the end result of conservation.
Look for Energy Star rated appliances and water restrictive plumbing fixtures that will help you save on energy costs as well as support green building plans.
Windows and doors should also have Energy Star ratings and should seal tightly to keep out warm air in the summer and cool air in the winter.