Barry Katz Homebuilding, New Construction, Green Home Design, Sustainable Living

Barry Katz Custom Green and Geothermal Home Building Fairfield County CT - Classic Homes for the 21st Century
benefits of green building


Financial savings:
Lower energy bills due to
      • High-performance insulation and air sealing to minimize heat loss
      • High-performance windows and doors
          • Passive solar benefits from optimal solar orientation
          • Reduced heating costs
          • Natural ventilation to reduce cooling costs
          • Improved daylighting to reduce daytime electrical use
          • Super efficient heating, and air conditioning
          • Energy Star lighting and appliances that use much less water & electricity
      • Lower water bills due to high-performance water-saving fixtures
      • Increased durability and reduced maintenance costs
      • Higher resale value:
                According to the USAppraisal Institute, the value of a home increases by more than $20
                for every $1 of annual energy cost savings. That premium is bound to increase as the
                market begins to value things like improved occupant health and environmental

     Increased comfort:
     • A high-performance green-built home is inherently more comfortable.
     • Tight construction and optimized heading, ventilation and air conditioning design provides
         a draft-free environment with greater thermal comfort using less energy.
Optimal solar orientation
         • Provides bright, sunny living spaces, reducing daytime electrical use
         • Takes advantage of the sun's radiant energy to provide free natural heat in the cooler months,
              while avoiding excess solar gain in summer
     • Captures prevailing breezes for comfortable, natural ventilation

Healthier living
       Elimination of harmful substances such as:
          • Airborne irritants and allergens like dust, pollen, mold spores, etc.
          • Chemical compounds found in many building materials such as cabinets, countertops,
               paints and finishes, adhesives, floor and wall coverings, etc.

               Formaldehyde – a known carcinogen
               Volatile organic compounds (VOCs) which are can cause watery eyes, headaches,
                      fatigue, and nausea.

               Acetone, Benzene, Aromatic hydrocarbons, and others
          Healthy building materials not only eliminate many of the suspected and known carcinogens,
               but often perform better than traditional products.

          • Correctly designed and installed ventilation and filtration systems ensure excellent indoor
quality for healthier living:
               Well-sealed duct systems
              Sealed combustion gas appliances
               • Bathroom and kitchen exhaust fans
               Balanced ventilation systems
               High-performance filtration and air cleaners

     Less maintenance and higher durability
    Green homes exceed building code requirements by using more durable materials and
          construction practices. Together, these qualities enhance your home's performance and reduce
          maintenance and replacement costs, thereby raising its overall value.

     Knowing you're being good to the environment
       Green building offers you the assurance that you are following environmentally friendly
           practices that help preserve natural resources and reduce serious environmental problems like
           global warming.

      A socially responsible step worthy of recognition, building green makes a strong statement
          about your dedication to the community and the environment.

      • Impacting more than your home itself, green building promotes the use of local products and
          materials that help stimulate local businesses. This keeps your dollars working in your
          neighborhood and reduces energy consumption due to lower transportation costs.

      • Materials like engineered wood products make efficient use of small-diameter, fast-growing trees
         and waste wood pieces, reducing deforestation and other environmental impacts of the wood

      • Recycled-content products productively use materials that would otherwise end up in landfills,
         and also reduce costs and impacts of producing products from virgin materials.