If you are looking to buy a green home in San Mateo County you may be overwhelmed with the entire lingo that comes with buying an environmentally-friendly home. Do not be discourage. Here are a few tips to help you through the process.
Leed is a common term you may have come across in your hunt for that perfect Green San Mateo home, but what does it really mean? LEED, which was created by the US Green Building Council, stands for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. This term is one of the most popular and widely known green standard across the nation. The LEED system is point based and each home is assigned a level of LEED Certified from Silver, Gold, or Platinum.
The points are based on the use of sustainable material, the construction process, waste management, energy-saving strategies used, and building maintenance.
Below is a list of a few items that points are based on in a single-family home.
Graywater treatment systems
Cork and bamboo flooring
Low-VOC (volatile organic compound) or no-VOC paints and carpets
The more items in your home that are high-performance, and contain energy-saving materials the more points overall your home will earn.
Passivhaus (which is also written as Passive House) is a house design that focuses on energy efficiency. Using this home design you can drop your energy consumption by up to 90 percent. A well-insulated home with no air leaks along with the highest R-values possible throughout the home are just some of the features this type of design contains. Passivhaus design has been very popular in Europe for decades, but is now becoming more popular throughout the United States.
Net Zero Energy
Net Zero Energy is quickly becoming a sought after certification among builders. It is more focused on green building standards than LEED. It focuses to reduce energy consumption, which as a result drops carbon emissions. It is a brilliant idea considering that here in America 37 percent of our electricity production comes from our homes. A Net Zero home produces only the energy it needs to use, if there is a surplus you can always sell it back to the grid.
When it comes to finding a green home in the San Mateo region we would be more than delighted to help. The Rain Team offers unparalleled service to ALL clients in the San Mateo County, including areas such as Half Moon Bay, El Granada, Moss Beach, Montara, and Pacifica. Your complete satisfaction with our service and representation is our number one priority.