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New Construction: Sustainable Ways to Keep Green in Your Design

by Kimberly Jokela 12/19/2021

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A newly built green home offers a great way to use less energy overall and enjoy a healthier living environment. When you’re having new construction built, there are several ways to incorporate green design into your home. Keep the following ideas in mind to help ensure that you have a new home that is as green as possible.

Windows and Insulation

Windows and insulation can go a long way toward providing a more energy-efficient home. When deciding where to place your windows, consider putting more than half on the south-facing side. Doing this helps this area of your home stay warmer without having to keep running your furnace or heating system. With energy-efficient windows, such as ones with low-E windows, you can also prevent these areas from becoming too hot in summer. Having a well-insulated home combined with energy-efficient window placement can help you reduce energy usage even more. Insulation helps prevent heat from escaping your home in winter, leading to lower energy usage for heating.

Smaller Square Footage

New homes come in a wide range of sizes, but you don’t necessarily have to go with a larger one. Think about how much space you really need for everyday living in order to be comfortable. You might find that you can get a smaller new construction home that fits all of your needs. For example, you might choose a floor plan with one less extra room or two rather than getting one with rooms you might not even use.

Eco-Friendly Materials

One of the first ways to make your home energy-efficient is by using eco-friendly, sustainable materials during the building process. Find home builders who use locally sourced, reclaimed or organic materials for new homes, such as reclaimed wood or bamboo. This helps reduce the impact of new home construction on the environment.

Solar Panels

Solar panels provide new homes with a clean source of energy and help reduce the amount of energy households use. More and more new construction homes are using solar technology in place of traditional electrical systems. Having solar panels installed is a complex process, but it’s much easier to do when you’re having a new home built compared to installing them on an existing home. Consider exploring options for solar panels for your new home if you’re looking for additional ways to reduce energy usage in your green home.

Geothermal Energy

Geothermal energy offers an efficient way to heat and cool your home, since it relies on heat in the ground instead of fossil fuels. If you’re purchasing new construction in an area that’s suitable for a geothermal system, consider having one of these systems installed rather than a traditional HVAC system. You’ll be using a cleaner source of energy for heating and cooling while also using less energy overall to keep your home at a comfortable temperature.

Energy-Efficient Landscaping

The landscaping at your newly built home also plays a role when it comes to energy efficiency. For example, having trees planted to block direct sunlight on the south side of your home can help keep the interior cooler in summer, so you won’t have to use air conditioning as much. When it’s cold out, more of the sun’s heat will be able to reach your interior through the bare branches, allowing you to use your furnace less often.

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Kimberly Jokela

Meet Kimberly Jokela:

With a genuine passion in people Kimberly loves helping her clients make their real estate dreams or needs come to life!

Born and raised in the midwest in a family with a strong work ethic, filled with creativity & dedication.

Her determination lead her to attend college at the "Philadelphia Performing Arts" where she had the opportunity to follow her passion in the Arts & to travel. Living in California with her husband Rick for 15 years together they built a successful business. After the birth of her beautiful daughter Brittany in 2003 & seeking a "small town” coastal lifestyle, they took a trip to Naples Florida & fell in love with all it has to offer and made the jump!

With now over 13 years experience as a licensed Realtor serving Naples, Bonita Springs, Marco Island, Estero & Fort Myers.

A great listener, negotiator & connector, Kimberly is dedicated to helping her clients looking to BUY find their ideal property! .

Her warm & friendly personality is present in everything she does on her clients behalf!

Kimberly’s creativity & "out of the box" thinking gives her clients the extra leverage they need when SELLING a property.

Her well organized marketing includes professionally produced photography, video, drone imagery, media presentation in print, numerous online websites & social media!